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Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching

The English teaching major is designed for students who want to pursue a secondary teaching position. During your time in the English teaching program, you will develop your skills in both English literature and teaching methodology. You will learn how to effectively teach students to analyze English language and literature. You will also complete a student-teaching practicum to gain real-world teaching experience.

Program Details

General Education

You must take COMM 1020 HU: Principles of Public Speaking (3) or COMM 2110 HU: Interpersonal and Small Group Communication (3) and CHF 1550 SS/DV: Human Development (3) for admission to the secondary education program.


As an English teaching major, you must meet with a faculty advisor for course and program advisement. You must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours within 6 years to graduate. You must earn a grade of 2.0 (C) or higher in all major courses, in addition to an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. You must satisfy the teacher education admission and licensure requirements (please refer to Secondary Education Licensing in the catalog).

Your course of study includes WSU general education, diversity, education, major and minor requirements. English teaching majors must meet with both English and education advisors for course and program approval. To declare your course of study as an English teaching major, please visit the English department office. 

You must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours as an English teaching major, of which 36 credit hours must be upper-division (3000 and 4000 level) courses.


You must have a teaching minor. Please see Teaching Minor in the catalog for a list of minors.

English Teaching Methodology Block 

As an English teaching major, you must enroll in ENGL 3020, 3400 and 3420 concurrently following completion of your secondary education core coursework and just prior to student teaching. As part of this 12-credit-hour block of methods coursework, you must complete a field experience. You must be admitted to the secondary education program prior to taking these courses.  

Language Requirement

English teaching majors must take either 12 credit hours of a foreign language or 6 hours of a foreign language and 6 hours of language arts. Any 3000 or 4000 level English class may be used as a language arts course, but one course (3 credits) with a primary emphasis on language or writing is strongly recommended. Courses chosen as major electives cannot also count as language arts courses.

Degree Completion

You must complete: 

  • WSU general education, diversity, Bachelor of Arts, major and minor requirements
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A minimum of 30 hours of residency at WSU
  • A minimum of 40 upper-division credit hours
  • Graduation requirements within 6 years for baccalaureate degrees

Weber State Catalog: Course and degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching