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Department of English & Philosophy

English Education

Explore language and literature along with teacher education classes and teaching experience in local classrooms, leading to an educator’s license in English.

As an English Education Major, You’ll See The Difference The Right Words Make.

An English Education Degree Helps You write the future in the hearts of next generation

Your new English Secondary Education major at Mississippi College prepares you for a successful professional career, using your talents and abilities in service to God and others as a secondary, English teacher. You not only master English Language Arts content, but also evaluate, select, and plan instructional strategies and materials to be used in middle school and high school language arts classrooms. You gain classroom teaching experience in local public schools and craft your own 5-day thematic units, aligned to the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards. Upon graduation and passage of required Praxis II exams, you are awarded a 7-12 English teaching license from the state of Mississippi.

Olivia Cote, Bachelor of Arts recipient from Mississippi College

MC Spotlight

Olivia Cote received her BA in English from MC and went on to teach English at Murrah High School and the Michelle Obama Early College High School at Tougaloo College as its founding English teacher. She served on Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba’s Education Transition Committee and wrote curriculum for Jackson Public Schools. Olivia earned a Master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently employed as an Interventionist at Jim Hill, while pursuing her Ed.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   58
Major Requirements   30
ENG 271 Introduction to Research Methods 3
ENG 321 Sentence Grammar & Style 3
ENG 322 Language & Diversity 3
ENG 371 Analysis of Discourse 3
ENG 471 Advanced Research & Composition 3
ENG 404 Shakespeare 3
ENG 442 Texts & Interpretation for Teachers 3
ENG 447 Methods of Teaching Literature to Young Adults 3
ENG 455 Methods of Teaching Composition & Grammar 3
Choose one of the following courses:    
ENG 350 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG 370 Analysis of Literature 3
ENG 391 Special Topics in Writing 3
ENG 450 Advanced Creative Writing 3
ENG 452 Professional Writing 3
ENG 455 Methods of Teaching Composition & Grammar 3
ENG 457 History of the English Language 3
JOU 333 Journalism I 3
JOU 434 Journalism II 3
JOU 453 Writing for Periodicals 3
  Choose three additional hours from 300-400 level English courses in writing or literature. 3
Communication   3
Choose one of the following courses:    
COM 203 Professional Communication Skills 3
COM 304 Public Speaking 3
Secondary Education   28
EDU 299 Pre-Teaching Field Experience 1
EDU 300 Introduction to Education 3
EDU 304 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 435 Psychology of Exceptional Children 3
EDU 403 Measurement & Evaluation of Student Progress 3
EDU 460 Managing the Secondary Classroom 3
EDU 431 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 432 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 433 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 434 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
General Electives Sufficient elective hours must be taken to meet the minimum hour requirement for graduation in this program.  Electives should be chosen in consultation with advisor. --
Total Hours   130

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MC’s BA in English Education Degree Highlights


Employer Satisfaction

In 2021, 98% of employers surveyed were satisfied with MC’s teacher graduates’ instructional practices.


Praxis II Pass Rate

All MC English Education graduates have passed the required Praxis II exams for state licensure.


Classroom Hours

English Education students gain at least 60 hours of classroom observation and practice before their student teaching semester.

Olivia Cote
The English Education department at MC was transformational for me. I was pushed academically in ways that ultimately made me more curious about the world of education and helped me become a strong teacher and aspiring school leader. The wonderful professors and attention to diversity make the English Education department a great one to be a part of.
— Olivia Cote
Interventionist, Jim Hill High School