Do you have dreams of empowering generations of high school English students? Would you like to join an active group of writers or students who care about literature?

Our students graduate with two degrees: a bachelor of science in English education and a bachelor of arts in English. They begin their school experiences in the sophomore year, allowing them significant time in a variety of high school classrooms before they begin a full-time internship in the second half of the senior year. Our focus on technology allows us to produce teachers with 21st-century skills to meet the needs of the modern ninth- to 12th-grade student.

As a result, the English education major at ECU attracts young women and men who want to focus their cognitive, social, and emotional gifts on helping students successfully understand themselves and others through trans-literacy: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and working with multiple tools and technological platforms.

ECU Advantage

Among the most exciting aspects of the English education program at ECU are the students who populate it. Hailing from nearby rural towns and different states, our graduates find jobs all over the world: Turkey, South Korea, England, different regions of the United States, and right here in the coastal plains of North Carolina.

During their time at ECU, students and faculty publish professional articles in journals, volunteer in schools, give presentations at national conferences, study abroad, post Ignite presentations to YouTube and teleconference with researchers. Your professors and your classmates will ensure that you live up to your highest aspirations. We'd like you to join us!

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Todd Finley (132 Ragsdale Hall; 252-328-6695; finleyt@ecu.edu)

A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the BS program. English secondary education majors must have a minimum grade of C (2.0) in EDTC 4001; EDUC 4400 or PSYC 4305; ENED 2123, ENED 3018, ENED 3815, ENED 4010, ENED 4323, ENED 4960; ENGL 2000, LING 2700, LING 2710, ENGL 3000, ENGL 3010, ENGL 3020; PSYC 3206; READ 3990 or READ 5317; and SPED 4010. For information about NC teacher licensure requirements see Licensure.

Minimum degree requirement is 124 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education and special requirements for licensure, including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • ENGL 2000 - Interpreting Literature
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology
2. Core - 51 s.h.

(exclusive of freshman composition)

  • ENED 3018 - Introduction to the High School English Curriculum
  • ENED 3815 - Composition Instruction in Grades 9-12
  • ENED 4010 - Assessment, Management and Instruction in High School English
  • ENED 4323 - The Teaching of English in High School
  • ENED 4960 - Literature for High School
  • ENGL 3000 - History of British Literature to 1700
  • ENGL 3010 - History of British Literature, 1700-1900
  • ENGL 3020 - History of American Literature to 1900
  • LING 2700 - Introduction to Language Studies
  • LING 2710 - English Grammar
  • Choose 3 s.h. from:
    • ENGL 3070 - Shakespeare: The Histories
    • ENGL 3080 - Shakespeare: The Comedies
    • ENGL 3090 - Shakespeare: The Tragedies
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    • ENGL 2400 - World Literature in English
    • ENGL 3240 - US Latino/a Literature
    • ENGL 3250 - Native American Literatures
    • ENGL 3260 - African American Literature
    • ENGL 3300 - Women and Literature
    • ENGL 4340 - Ethnic American Literature
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    • CLAS 1500 - Classical Mythology
    • CLAS 2000 - Introduction to Classics (Humanities)
    • CLAS 2220 - Great Works of Ancient Literature I: Greece
    • CLAS 2500 - Greek Tragedy in Translation
    • ENGL 3460 - Topics in Literature and Mythology
    • ENGL 3600 - Classics from Homer to Dante
    Additional requirements:
    3. Professional courses - 25-26 s.h.
    • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
    • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education

    • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment or
    • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology

    • ENED 2123 - Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher
    • ENED 4324 - Internship in English
    • ENED 4325 - Internship Seminar: Issues in English Secondary Education

    • READ 3990 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School or
    • READ 5317 - Reading in the Junior and Senior High School

    • SPED 4010 - Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
    4. General electives to complete requirements for graduation.
      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
      • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
      • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
      • English/Language Arts Teacher Education

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.