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Bachelor of Science in English Education

Andrew Smyth



Visit the English Major and Minor page, for an overview of the degree in English Secondary Education.

For a detailed breakdown of the new requirements, including instructions on Praxis I and II, see the new BS in English with Certification Student Handbook (PDF). 

The Curriculum Map is another useful tool as you prepare to complete your education.


Admissions to the Secondary English Education Program for Undergraduates


Declaring Interest in the Program

Students interested in teaching middle and/or high school English should declare English as their major, and then choose “secondary English education” as their concentration and program.  “Selection of Degree Program” forms are available in the English Department main office.  There is a separate admissions process into the program, since the program is connected to the School of Education.   We advise that students should meet with their English major academic advisor as soon as possible to plan for their admission into the program. 

Before the Application Process

 Most students apply to the program during their sophomore or junior year, once they have successfully passed EDU 200: Teachers, Schools, and Societies—an introduction to education that also serves as an LEP Tier 2 course in Conflict and Consensus—and ENG 112:  Writing Arguments, the composition requirement.

State certification regulations specify that students cannot take more than two professional education courses before they are accepted into a teacher education program.  A list of these courses follows:

Professional Education Courses

  • EDU EDU 200—Teachers, Schools, and Societies
  • SHE 203—School Health
  • EDU 413—Secondary Education
  • EDU 316—Child Development and Psychology for Educators
  • MDS 340—Media Literacy Education for Students and Teachers
  • RDG 517—Content Area Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • IDS 471—English Language Learners in the Classroom
  • SED 482—Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom
  • ENG 492—Teaching Literature to Adolescents
  • ENG 493—English (Secondary School)
  • ENG 494—Secondary School Student Teaching in English                   
  • ENG 496—Student Teaching Seminar

Therefore, most students take EDU 200 and SHE 203 before they apply to the program.  Avoid taking any other classes from the list above.  They require admission and special permission.

The Application Process

Application to the program occurs during both the fall and spring semesters.  In the fall, applications are typically due in mid-October, and in the spring they are typically due in mid-March.  The exact due date will be posted in the English hallway and emailed to all English majors.  We welcome interested students to meet with the coordinator of the program, Dr. Andrew Smyth, in Engleman D 278, to inquire about the process and due dates. 

In addition to submitting the application materials, students will also interview briefly with two members of the Admissions Committee during the week following the due date for the application materials.  A sign-up sheet will be on Dr. Smyth's door.  An interview will not be granted unless all application materials are complete.  We encourage students to come to the interview professionally dressed and prepared to speak about those experiences that have informed your desire to become an English teacher. 

Required Admissions Materials and Criteria

1.  Copies of complete transcripts from all institutions attended (official or unofficial)

2.  The School of Education requires students to maintain a 2.7 QPR average, while the English Department requires a 3.0 average in all English classes. Eligibility for acceptance into and continuing in the Secondary English Education Program depends upon these academic standards.

3.  Proof of passing the PRAXIS I exams in reading, writing, and mathematics.   In some cases, the PRAXIS I may be waived based on SAT scores.  Follow this link from the School of Education's website for information regarding the PRAXIS waiver (APPLICATION FOR CONNECTICUT ACADEMIC SKILLS ASSESSMENT WAIVER).

Be aware that the waiver application process can take several weeks until you receive the letter from the State Department of Education. Please plan ahead. 

4. A writing sample of academic prose (4 to 6 pages), preferably from an English course

5.  An essay (2 pages maximum) answering this question, "Why would you like to become an English teacher?"

6.  Two letters of recommendation, along with the recommendation forms from the School of Education’s website.  Follow this link to the recommendation forms.

7.  A completed application to the School of Education

Final Words

All materials must be submitted to Dr. Smyth by the application due date for the given semester.  Materials can be left in his mailbox in the English Department mailroom.  Students should also sign up for an interview at that time. 


If candidates have any questions, they should contact Dr. Andrew Smyth via or by phone at (203) 392-5113.