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English Education Major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

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Questions? Contact

M. E. Tappmeyer
Chair, Department of Language and Literature
(417) 328-1683

Visit the Department of Language website for more information.

Geneva Casebolt
College of Music, Arts and Letters

Share your love of language and literature with future generations.

In-depth study of literature, writing, and language, combined with excellent training for teaching on the high school level, will prepare you for the 21st-century language arts classroom.

The SBU Advantage

  • A close-knit, supportive learning environment provides plenty of interaction between faculty and students, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Classroom field experiences begin during the sophomore year.
  • Graduates enjoy a high rate of placement in secondary school classrooms.

Engaged Learning

You will interact with both literature and writing in a way that prepares you to address the literacy needs of the 21st-century student.

Course Information

Students must complete a total of 128 hours of coursework from the following three areas: (1) general education and graduation requirements, (2) British and American literature, writing, and language, and (3) professional education.


Students who enjoy writing poetry can join Author Unknown, a poetry society that fosters the development of poets. The Department of Language and Literature also sponsors a chapter of the international honor society Sigma Tau Delta. In addition, the Department of Education sponsors a chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association, the pre-professional organization for education majors on Missouri college and university campuses that provides opportunities for personal and professional development of leadership skills.


The Department of Language and Literature awards a number of private competitive scholarships based on a student’s GPA, contribution to the department, and career potential.

Internship Opportunities

Classroom field experiences begin during a student’s sophomore year and continue throughout the program, culminating with a 12-week student teaching experience during the senior year. Field experiences provide students with a variety of interactions in the public school to help students determine how they best fit into the secondary school classroom. During the student teaching experience, students will work directly with a supervising teacher at the public school, as well as with an SBU faculty member who will oversee the students’ experiences.

English education students can apply to be tutors in the university’s writing center in order to gain immediate instructional experience.

Career Opportunities

As an English Education graduate, you will be eligible for initial certification in English for grades 9-12 in the state of Missouri, the primary academic credential for a career in the public school classroom.

Special Features

  • The English and education faculty integrate the Christian faith into their classroom instruction by showing how scriptural truths can undergird educational practices and theoretical understandings.
  • Leaders of area school districts seek out SBU graduates because they are well-prepared to teach in the classroom and to be servant leaders in the academic community.

Degree Requirements

ENG/WRT 3353 Advanced Composition
Advanced expository writing, based on a study of contemporary prose.
Two of the following:
ENG 3313 American Literature I
Literature of America from Colonial Period to Romantic Period.
ENG 3323 American Literature II
Literature of America from Age of Realism to present.
ENG 4483 The American Novel
Representative American novels from Colonial Period to present.
One of the following:
ENG 3233 Medieval and Renaissance English Literature
Literature of England from Beowulf to Shakespeare.
ENG 3243 Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Literature of England from Donne to Boswell.
One of the following:
ENG 3333 The Romantic Period
Literature of England from Blake to Keats.
ENG 3343 The Victorian Period
Literature of England from Tennyson to Hopkins.
One of the following:
ENG/THR 4413 Shakespeare
Tragedies, histories and comedies of Shakespeare.
ENG 4453 Milton
Life and works of Milton.
One of the following:
ENG 4433 Twentieth-Century English Literature
Literature of England from Hardy to Fowles.
ENG 4463 Contemporary Poetry
Poetry of the modern world.
One of the following:
ENG 3363 History of the English Language
The development of the English language from its beginning to the present.
ENG 3373 Structure of the English Language
Detailed study of current English sounds, grammar and usage.

Professional Education Courses

EDU 2113 Educational Psychology
Study of social and behavioral theory, including the nature of educational psychology, measurement, personality, the classroom as a social system, learning, and instruction.
EDU 2141 Field Experience Level 1
Forty-five clock hours of supervised practical experience in the classroom at the secondary level.
EDU 2313 Foundations of Education
The course presents major issues of schooling and education basic to professional preparation. Areas included are philosophy, history of American education, administration, governance, finance, legal aspects, social issues, use of technology in instruction, and current topics in the field.
EDU 2823 Technology for Educators
Develops teachers who are able to apply technology skills and strategies in a variety of personal and professional functions including the development of an electronic portfolio, to effectively use media to maximize student learning, and to use a wide variety of media and technological systems in teaching and evaluation of student learning. Because the student teaching portfolio is developed in this class, this course is designed for elementary education majors in their sophomore year and for middle and secondary teacher candidates during their junior or senior years before student teaching.
EDU 3333 Principles and Methods of Secondary Instruction
This course will emphasize examining and implementing teaching methods, developing critical thinking skills, analyzing learner and the learning process, refining communication skills, and constructing curriculum.
EDU 3341 Field Experience Level 2
Minimum of forty-five clock hours of supervised practical experience in the classroom at the secondary school level.
EDU 3613 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
Designed to assist middle school/junior high and/or secondary teachers in the use of functional reading strategies which enable students to use reading as a tool to learn in various content areas.
EDU 3833 Behavior and Classroom Management
An examination of current and past principles of classroom management will be examined in light of biblical, theoretical, and philosophical assumptions concerning humankind. Modern theories of discipline will be evaluated as to effectiveness and will be contrasted with historical views of schooling and education. It is intended that teacher candidates will be challenged to contemplate methods of instructing and modeling behavior (proactively) instead of simply responding (reactively) to inappropriate student actions. Wisdom and virtue, the cornerstones of any education, will be discussed as goals versus simply controlling and conforming behavior.
EDU 4543 Methods of Teaching Writing in the Secondary School
Theory and application in the teaching of writing and grammar in secondary schools with emphasis on the writing process.
EDU 4691 Student Teaching Seminar
This course is designed as a seminar/discussion section to accompany the student teaching clinical experiences. Students will refine their skills as reflective practitioners through a variety of experiences that focus on contemporary problems and issues in the field of education.
EDU 4832 Assessment and Evaluation of Learners
Study of the principles of assessment from organizing the classroom as a social setting, to planning and conducting instruction based on sound objectives, to the formal assessment of student learning, to grading students and finally to interpreting standardized tests and statewide assessments.
EDU 4842 Teaching Diverse Learners
Mentally, emotionally and physically exception children are studied. Diagnosis and methods of teaching gifted, mentally retarded, visual and sound-impaired, learning disabled and physically handicapped children and children with communication and behavior problems are included.
EDU 4949 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
Observation, participation and directed teaching in public schools.
PSY 4033 Adolescent Development
A study of the development process of the adolescent, beginning at puberty and continuing through late adolescence.
PSY 3063 Human Growth and Development
A "Life-Span" study of human growth and developmental processes including physiological, psychological and sociological influences and effects.