English Education

Join the next generation of educators

Combine your passion for the English language and desire to give back to your community.

Study with faculty and fellow students committed to teaching practices that promote literacy and life-long learning.

Become certified to teach junior high and high school English.

Our Mission is to critically prepare our graduates. We empower students to understand who they are and how they should live and work as advocates and allies for justice in their communities.

Cohort Model

The Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) follows a cohort model of instruction. Students enter a cohort in the final semester of their junior years. These cohorts form a learning community and take the same classes, share practica experiences, and support each other through student teaching.

Program Goals

  • Advocate for socially just English language arts (ELA) instruction (with keen attention to critical literacy practices) to critically communicate, design curriculum, care, and engage difference.
  • Integrate the National Writing Project’s commitment to writing that writing “is essential to communication, learning, and citizenship.”
  • Advance English education expertise in many areas, including content knowledge and critical literacy practices, research-based practices and pedagogies, and diverse and welcoming communities for all students.
  • Foster community-engaged learning to cultivate community-based service-learning experiences and foster the development of humility, including cultural humility.
  • Embrace National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Vision that asks its members to “apply the power of language and literacy to actively pursue justice and equity for all students and the educators who serve them.”

Certification to Teach

Our BSED program provides the tools you need to apply for certification to teach grades 9 - 12 in Missouri public schools.

Career Opportunities

A career in the education field is more than just taking on a job, it’s a labor of love. With a degree from our English Education program, you can lead the next generation as they learn to think critically and analyze how writing and reading can influence the world beyond their classroom. Teachers are always a necessary and available occupation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists that the job outlook for teachers of grades 9-12 is expected to grow 8% from 2020-2030. Join their ranks and become the teacher you want to see in the world.

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