ENGLISH WITH
SECONDARY EDUCATION LICENSURE

86 credit hours

BE A SKILLED EDUCATOR. English teachers have the privilege of empowering students to effectively express their own voices. As an English with Secondary Education Licensure major at Trinity, you will learn the history of language and literature, foundations of grammar, and how to cultivate creativity as you teach.

WHY STUDY ENGLISH WITH SECONDARY LICENSURE AT TIU?

Knowledge of literature, grammar, and teaching methods is useless without the opportunity to put it into action. During your time here at Trinity, you will have the chance to engage in classroom observation, lesson planning, and student teaching at local middle and high schools.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO EARN MY DEGREE?

Most students complete their English with Secondary Licensure teaching degree in 4 years. Requirements total 86 hours. This includes 42 hours of English courses and 44 hours of professional education courses, of which 6 hours may be used to meet General Education requirements.

DID YOU KNOW?

You will have the option to take courses toward the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) endorsement, which allows candidates to teach special education in grades 6-12, the grade levels they will be licensed to teach in Illinois.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The program provides an emphasis on language and literature. It will enable you to communicate clearly and effectively and to develop skills in the interpretation and evaluation of literature. When you successfully complete the major and pass the required state licensure exams, you will be eligible to receive an Illinois Professional Educator License for high school grades 9-12.

COURSEWORK:

As an English-Secondary Education major, you will complete over 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. As part of your coursework, you will gain experience in both middle and high school classes in a variety of diverse settings.

Our program has a focus on British literature and additional coverage of American and World literatures, along with extensive coursework in Education and a semester of student teaching.  

Interesting courses you’ll take include:

  • Renaissance Literature or Romantic Literature
  • Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum

English with Secondary Education

CERTIFICATION CORE
(48 HOURS)

Course Title Credits
Theory Course 3 hours
ENG 230 Survey of Contemporary Critical Theory 3 hours
Genre Courses 9 hours
ENG 220 Studies in Poetry 3 hours
ENG 222 Studies in Fiction 3 hours
ENG 224 Studies in Drama 3 hours
Skill Courses 12 hours
ENG 111 Critical Thinking and Writing 3 hours
COM 112 Speech 3 hours
ENG 336 Creative Writing 3 hours
Choose one:
ENG 210 Business Communication 3 hours
ENG 240X Writing for Media I 3 hours
Period Courses 6 hours
ENG 306 Renaissance Literature 3 hours
ENG 310 Romantic Literature 3 hours
Choose four: Period and Author Courses 12 hours
ENG 302 Classical Literature 3 hours
ENG 316 Modern European Literature 3 hours
ENG 318 American Literature I 3 hours
ENG 320 American Literature II 3 hours
ENG 350 Topics in Literature 3 hours
ENG 406 Shakespeare 3 hours
Advanced Major Courses 6 hours
ENG 414 History and Structure of English Language 3 hours
ENG 420 Capstone Seminar in the British Novel 3 hours
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSES
(47 HOURS)

Course Title Credits
ED 101 Introduction to Teaching 2 hours
ED 103 Prof Skill for Teachers 1 hour
ED 240 Foundations of Education 2 hours
ED 260X Educational Psychology/Human Development 3 hours
ED 306 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 3 hours
ED 310 General Teaching Methods 2 hours
ED 311 General Teaching Methods – Lab 1 hour
ED 330 Introduction to Special Education 3 hours
ED 362 Teaching of Language Arts and Literature 3 hours
ED 368 Secondary Methods Pre-Clin Exp 2 hours
ED 380 Diversity in Education 1 hour
ED 381 Diversity Pre-Clin Field Exp 1 hour
ED 413 Clinical Practice in the Secondary School 10 hours
ED 421 Classroom Management 1 hour
ED 422 Advanced Seminar in Education 4 hours
ED 430 Education Research & Assessment 2 hours
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence 3 hours

Golden Apple Scholars

The Golden Apple Scholars program identifies talented high school seniors, and first and second-year college students, who will commit to teach in high-need schools. The program provides scholarship assistance and a paid summer institute where students receive classroom experience and professional mentoring.

CAREER OUTCOMES:

English Teacher Tutor
Librarian Principal
School Administrator Editor
Professor Curriculum Planner
Columnist School Counselor
Some options may require an advanced degree.

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