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The mission of the Department of English is to provide transformative learning experiences in the multiple fields that comprise English Studies. To fulfill this mission, faculty teach students to read and think critically about texts, to write effectively and creatively for multiple audiences and in multiple contexts, and to apply best practices when teaching English in secondary and post-secondary settings. The English Education program prepares English graduates to be productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of our local and global communities.

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The English Education program provides high-quality preparation to enable candidates to successfully undertake the challenges of the teaching profession upon graduation. Teacher candidates in English Education take courses in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and in the Department of Professional Teacher Education located in the College of Education and Professional Studies. The program also provides three field experiences in middle and high schools, allowing teacher candidates to learn from mentor teachers and put into practice the knowledge they have gained through coursework.

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Admission to the Teacher Education Program

English Education majors must apply and be accepted to the Teacher Education Program in order to be eligible to take professional teacher education courses and to graduate with an education degree from UCO. Admission to the Teacher Education Program is separate from admission to the University of Central Oklahoma.

Admission Requirements

Career Opportunities

English Education majors have career opportunities in all levels of teaching, as well as writing and English-based activities. 

  • Teaching
  • Reading
  • Audiology and speech pathology
  • Library/Information services

View a career guide for English Education majors.

Community Opportunities

Take advantage of these opportunities in the metro and in the education community, which may spark your interest and even boost your resume.