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Bachelor of Science in Secondary English (Grades 6–12)

As a secondary English education major at Southeastern, you will learn how to teach sixth- through 12th-grade students to become critical readers and thinkers as well as effective writers and speakers. Your students’ ability to appreciate and analyze literature can give them knowledge of different cultures, empathy for others and a critical perspective about themselves. The Florida Association of Teacher Educators has selected an SEU senior for its top scholar-teacher award for the past 10 years.Through a study of English, students also build strong communication skills, which will enhance their relationships and boost their performance in school today and on the job tomorrow. Within the secondary English program itself, you will read classic works of British and American prose and poetry as well as contemporary and adolescent literature. You’ll also learn both lecture and peer discussion techniques to teach these works and other selections drawn from the social and cultural environments of your students. As the culmination of your preparation, you will complete a semester-long student teaching assignment in a local classroom, where you’ll plan and teach the curriculum as well as manage and assess learners.

Become state certified (transferable to all 50 states), as well as FLOCS- and ACSI-certified (national and international).

Program Details

54 hours of professional education core
27 hours of specialization courses
52 hours of general education
3 hours of ESE courses to complete the ESE minor (optional)

Total credit hours — 136 (includes ESE minor)

Sample Core Courses

  • American Literature (ENGL 3633) — A survey of prose and poetry with attention given to socio-political backgrounds and growth of American thought as expressed through selected authors from the colonial period to 1945.
  • Teaching English in Secondary Schools (EDUC 3653) — This course is a study of strategies, techniques, materials, technology, and current research used in the teaching of English concepts to secondary (6-12) students. Students will review the traditional and contemporary standards involved in teaching English at the secondary school level, develop an awareness of the professional resources, materials, technology and information available for teachers, and prepare unit and lesson plans with related assessment procedures on a variety of topics.
  • Assessment of Learners (EDUC 3133) — This course focuses on the educational levels and needs of all students, including exceptional, culturally and/or linguistically diverse, and at-risk students. Standardized achievement tests, diagnostic/prescriptive tests and curriculum-based assessments are included. Use of test results in program planning is emphasized.
  • Empowering ESOL Teachers: Overview (EDUC 3353) — This course is an overview of curriculum, instructional methods and materials, testing and evaluation, and cross-cultural communication processes and linguistic principles as related to instructing English Language Learners (ELLs) in the K-12 classroom.

Core Courses

Introduction to Education

Field Study I, II and III

Educational Psychology

Content and Instructional Design for Educators

Assessment of Learners

Instructional Technology

Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

Teaching English in Secondary Schools

Empowering ESOL Teachers: Overview

Applied Linguistics (ESOL)

Behavior and Classroom Management Secondary

Survey of the Exceptional Learner

Student Teaching

Specialization Requirements

Advanced Grammar

Advanced Expository Writing

American Literature

British Literature

Introduction to Reading

Diagnostic/Assessment/Evaluation of Reading

Teaching Language Arts and Fine Arts

English teacher

Curriculum coordinator