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.
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.
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.
English Education majors have career opportunities in all levels of teaching, as well as writing and English-based activities.
- Teacher (with K-12 certification)
- Professor (with a doctoral degree)
- Professional Writer
- Technical Writer
- Attorney (with a law degree)
- Game narrative writer
- Grant writer
- Research analyst
- Non-Profit activist/lobbyist
- Literary Agent
- Librarian (with MLS degree)
- Public Relations Specialist
What Will You Learn?
A successful student in the English Education Program will be able to
- Demonstrate knowledge of English language arts subject matter content that specifically includes literature and multimedia texts as well as knowledge of the nature of adolescents as readers.
- Demonstrate knowledge of English language arts subject matter content that specifically includes language and writing as well as knowledge of adolescents as language users.
- Plan instruction and design assessments for reading and the study of literature to promote learning for all students.
- Plan instruction and design assessments for composing texts (i.e., oral, written, and visual) to promote learning for all students.
- Plan, implement, assess, and reflect on research-based instruction that increases motivation and active student engagement, builds sustained learning of English language arts, and responds to diverse students’ context-based needs.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how theories and research about social justice, diversity, equity, student identities, and schools as institutions can enhance students’ opportunities to learn in English Language Arts.
- Interact knowledgeably with students, families, and colleagues based on social needs and institutional roles, engage in leadership and/or collaborative roles in English Language Arts professional learning communities, and actively develop as professional educators.