English Teaching Major (B.A.) UNHM

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The English Teaching major uses language, literature, and standards-based teaching as a means to explore education.

The English Teaching major is designed for students wishing to teach English or Language Arts in middle or high schools, grades 5-12. Students learn what the study of English entails and how areas of knowledge and the abilities to read, write, and discuss can best be taught to students in grades 5-12.

This major takes the guesswork out of course selection by clearly delineating the prerequisites necessary for New Hampshire state teaching certification and UNH's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

All English Teaching majors must complete 10 courses (40 credits). Six of 10 courses must be at the 600-level or above. The English Teaching major prepares prospective teachers of middle- and high-school English (grades 5-12). This degree does not provide state certification. Students who wish to be certified must apply for admission to graduate study within the Education Department. Certification requires an additional year of course work and internship at the graduate level. Most, or all, of the graduate coursework and internship may be completed in the 12 months following completion of the B.A. in English Teaching.

  • All prospective English Teaching majors should enroll in EDUC 500 Exploring Teaching as early as possible.
  • ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysismust be completed with a minimum grade of C. All other major courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.
  • English Teaching majors must have a 2.5 GPA in the following program requirements:

Program Requirements

ENGL 419Introduction to Literary Analysis4
ENGL 514British Literature III: Monsters and Machines4
ENGL 516American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved4
Select an additional 500/600/700-level English course4
Select two literature courses 600/700 level8
ENGL 657Shakespeare4
ENGL 710Teaching Writing4
ENGL 791English Grammar4
ENGL 792Teaching Literature and Literacy4
Total Credits40

Diversity Requirement

In addition, students must take one course that focuses on diversity in race, ethnicity, religion, gender or class, and theories concerning them. This course may count toward the ten courses described above. Consult with your advisor about other courses that may fulfill this requirement.

Select one of the following:4
Introduction to African American Literature and Culture
Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English
Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century
Special Topics in Literature
Women's Literary Traditions
Topics in Asian American Studies
American Indian Literature
Indigenous New England
Special Studies in Literature (Jewish American Writers)

Capstone Requirement

Select one of the following 14
One 700-level English course
Special Studies in Literature

 See faculty advisor about taking a course for Capstone credit during senior year.

Combine the English Teaching major with UNH's renowned MAT, taken at the Manchester campus, and in five years students can be state certified to teach English and Language Arts. With the five-year master's option, students can apply 12 undergraduate credits to the advanced degree. The English Teaching major includes courses that will introduce students to the Common Core Standards, a nationwide effort now transforming K-12 education.

For more information about the English Teaching program, contact Susanne Paterson, program coordinator, at  susanne.paterson@unh.edu. Or contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150, unhm.admissions@unh.edu.