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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Secondary Education English [BA]

Location(s): In-person/hybrid

Revised Program [Fall 2024]

If you are committed to making a difference in the lives of young people and have a passion for exploring the English Language Arts, the Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education English can help you realize both goals.


The Secondary Education English Major leads to a Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in Middle School (grades 5-9) English Language Arts and/or High School (grades 7-12) English Language Arts.


Students pursuing this major will have the knowledge and training to teach English Language Arts at the middle and/or high school levels. They will acquire research-based approaches to teaching secondary-level students reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. As part of your program of study, you will:

  • become skilled in reading and writing in a range of literary, academic, and professional genres;
  • read, reflect on, and engage in ways of teaching;
  • develop formative and summative assessments; 
  • participate in field experiences

The Major Requirements include 14 hours of Common Core courses. In addition, students will select one declarable concentration from the following:

  • Middle School (grade 5-9): 28 hours
  • High School (grades 7-12): 33 hours
  • Middle School and High School (grades 5-12): 43 hours

Department Information

English Language & Literature 612 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4220 

Joseph Csicsila, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information

Joseph Csicsila, PhD, 734.487.4220

Teacher Certification

Successful completion of this course of study, in the context of other program requirements, coupled with the , qualifies the student for a recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Secondary Standard Certificate endorsed in English, certification code BA, and, depending on the minor selected, an additional endorsement. This program of study meets all requirements of the National Council of Teachers of English. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field is #002, “English.”

Initial Teacher Preparation Program

Initial teacher certification requires a student to complete two majors: a major in a secondary education subject and a .

To pursue the sequence of courses necessary to complete eligibility for a recommendation for certification, one must apply for and be recommended for teacher preparation program continuation. Continuance requirements are standard for all teacher preparation programs, except that specific special education programs have additional requirements.

Teacher preparation program continuation is not automatic. Only those persons who have formally applied are considered for continuation. Not all persons who apply become eligible for continuation.

Teaching majors and minors are unofficial until that student is recommended for continuation. Students pursuing teacher certification should follow the catalog requirements in place when they reach teacher preparation program candidacy. Students must apply to the teacher preparation program as soon as they have earned 56 credit hours. Please see the  for specific criteria.

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements, see  or view the .  

Major Requirements: 45-60 hours

Concentration: 28-46 hours

Students will choose one of the following grade-level concentrations.

Middle School (Grades 5-9): 28 hours

Literary Studies: 12 hours

Additional Coursework: 12 hours

Satisfy all of the following

Minor Requirement:

This major does not require a minor. Students are required to pair this major with the .

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 120 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information