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An English Education degree prepares you for a career teaching in K-12 classrooms. Our program includes 42 hours in English literature, language, and writing courses. We successfully prepare students to teach their content successfully.  

What  You’ll Do

As an English education major at Southeast, you’ll have a supportive climate and help to meet the rigor of teacher education. In addition to the required hours of English courses, you’ll complete 41 hours of education courses, including 19 hours of field experience, so you’re classroom-ready.

  •  Have three field experiences in secondary schools with mentor teachers before your last semester.
  • Spend 16 weeks in your student teaching field experience at one school.
  • Attend professional development events including the Southeast Missouri English Teachers Association and Write To Learn Conferences.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 96%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of English report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $67k

    High School Teacher 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a high school teacher is $67,240.

  • $65k

    Elementary & Middle School Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an elementary and middle school teacher is $65,300.

  • $81k

    English Postsecondary Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a postsecondary teacher in English is $81,340.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

What You'll Study

An English Education degree prepares you for a career teaching in K-12 classrooms. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

A minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall are required to graduate with a BS in English Education. A minimum of 44 hours of professional education courses and 39 hours of English courses are required. No minor required.

Professional Education Courses
(44 Hours Required)

A grade of C or better is required in education courses, with the exception of ED280 which requires a grade of B or better.

  • ED280 Introduction to Education as a Profession (3)
  • EF400 Student Teaching Seminar (1)
  • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • PY222 Development of the Adolescent (3)
  • SE307 Content Literacy Methods for Middle and High School (3)
  • SE319 Techniques of Teaching English (3)
  • SE350 Pedagogy 1: Principles of Effective Teaching (3)
  • SE355 Field Experience II (3)
  • SE365 Pedagogy 2: Interdisciplinary Methods and Technology (4)
  • SE380 Advanced Field Experience (3)
  • SE385 Pedagogy 3: Advanced Methods of Middle and Secondary Teaching (3)
  • SE390 Instructional Interventions for Middle and Secondary Students with Special
    Literacy Needs (3)
  • SE465 Student Teaching (12)

English Courses
(39 Hours Required - No minor required)

A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required in all courses within the major.

Required Courses:

  • EN 140 Rhetoric & Critical Thinking (3)
  • EN 201 Writing About Literature (3)
  • EN 378 Grammars of English (3)
  • EN 379 Composition in the Secondary School (3)
  • LI 211 World Literature I (3)
    or
  • LI 212 World Literature II (3)
  • LI 260 English Literature I (3)
    or
  • LI 261 English Literature II (3)
  • LI 270 American Literature I (3)
    or
  • LI 271 American Literature II (3)
  • LI 385 Teaching Literature and Non-Fiction Texts (3)
  • LI 542 Literature for Young Adults (3)

Language Elective (Choose 3 hours):

  • EN 448 Principles of Language (3)
  • EN 486 Sociolinguistics (3)
  • EN 500 History of English Language (3)

Writing Elective (Choose 3 hours):

  • EN 275 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
  • EN 376 Advanced Composition (3)

Upper Division Electives (Choose 6 hours):

  • EN 300-EN 599 English elective
  • LI 300-LI 599 Literature elective
  • LI 332 Images of Women in Literature (3)
  • LI 341 Victorian Studies (3)
  • LI 432 Shakespeare’s Comedies & Histories (3)
  • LI 433 Shakespeare’s Tragedies (3)

Additional requirement:

  • LI 256 Variety of Literature (3)

  • 42 credit hours completed
  • One of the following:
    • Composite/Superscore of 20 or higher on the ACT exam;
    • Passing scores on all sections of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA); or
    • A 4-year degree from an accredited college/university 
  • The following course requirements met:
    • A grade of C or above in PY222 Development of the Adolescent. 

Additional Information 

The state of Missouri has high expectations for future educators. Students matriculating into education programs must meet the following standards to be recommended for licensure following degree completion.  

 Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in both the area of content expertise and pedagogy courses. In addition, students must pass the MO Content Exam and the MO Educator Evaluation System for recommendation for licensure. Students must also fulfill other assessments such as a dispositions profile and be cleared through an FBI background check. 

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (16 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1)
  • EN100 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)     

  • EN140 (3)
  • LI256 (3)
  • PY222 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Milestone: maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, Complete MEP

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)  

  • ED280 (3)
  • EN201 (3) 
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)    

  • EN275/EN376 (3) 
  • EN378 (3)
  • LI270/LI271 (3)
  • LI385 (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, Passing score MoGEA

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (18 Hours)    

  • EN379 (3) 
  • EN448/EN486/EN500 (3)
  • EX390 (3)
  • LI260/LI261 (3)
  • LI542 (3)
  • SE350 (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)     

  • EN/LIxxx (3)
  • LI211/LI212 (3)
  • SE307 (3)
  • SE355 (3)
  • SE365 (4)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (16 Hours)     

  • EN/LIxxx (3) 
  • SE319 (3) 
  • SE380 (3)
  • SE385 (3)
  • SE390 (3)

Spring Semester (13 Hours)  

  • EF400 (1)
  • SE465 (12) 

Milestone: Passing score Mo Content Exam, MoPTA, 2.75 cumulative GPA, 3.0 GPA in Ed. courses

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

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