English - BA, Middle School Teacher Certification

The Department of English offers a degree and certification program in English language arts/reading for prospective middle-school teachers. This program requires 36 hours of literature, linguistics, composition and rhetoric and 15 hours of reading along with an 18-hour professional education component.

All students seeking certification should consult an undergraduate English advisor for additional information.

Required Courses 1
ENGL 303Approaches to English Studies3
Literary Histories I
Select one of the following:3
World Literature
American Literature: The Beginnings to Civil War
Survey of English Literature I
Medieval English Literature
The English Renaissance
Seventeenth-Century Literature
Early British Drama
History of Rhetoric
Studies in Shakespeare
Literary Histories II
Select one of the following:3
World Literature
Survey of English Literature II
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Romantic)
Nineteenth-Century Literature (Victorian)
The American Renaissance
American Realism and Naturalism
Nineteenth-Century American Novel
The British Novel to 1870.
Literary Histories III
Select one of the following:3
American Literature: Civil War to Present
Texas Literature
Life and Literature of the Southwest
Life and Literature of the American South
Modern and Contemporary Drama
Twentieth-Century Literature to World War II
Literature, World War II to Present.
Literature and Film
American Poetry
The American Novel Since 1900
The British Novel, 1870 to Present.
Postcolonial Literatures
Contemporary Literary Theory
Literary Histories IV
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African-American Literature
Introduction to Africana Literature
African-American Literature Pre-1930
Gay and Lesbian Literature
American Ethnic Literature
African-American Literature Post-1930
Native American Rhetorics and Literatures
Latino/a Literature
Women Writers
Folklore, Literature, and World Cultures
Studies in Africana Literature and Culture
Studies in Women Writers
ENGL 481Senior Seminar3
Major concentration/electives
Select four of the following:12
Supporting Coursework
RDNG 371Multicultural and Interdisciplinary Literature for Middle Grades3
RDNG 372Reading and Writing across the Middle Grades Curriculum3
RDNG 461Teaching Reading Through Children's Literature3
RDNG 470Reading/Language Arts Methods in Middle Grades Education3
RDNG 490Assessment in Reading Instruction in Middle Grades3
Teaching requirement
EDCI 354Early Childhood and Adolescent Curriculum and Lesson Design3
TEFB 371Dynamics and Management in Multicultural/Inclusionary Learning Environments3
MEFB 452Curriculum and Instruction for Middle Grades3
INST 362English as a Second Language Methods I3
MEFB 497Supervised Clinical Teaching6
College and University Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Composition and Rhetoric
Technical and Business Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
ENGL 203Writing about Literature3
Foreign language14
Mathematics 26
Life and physical sciences9
Creative arts3
Language, philosophy and culture3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts3
INST 210Understanding Special Populations3
INST 222Foundations of Education in a Multicultural Society3
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
American history6
International and cultural diversity 3
Total Semester Credit Hours125

Up to 36 credits in English can be applied to the degree; at least 21 credits must be in literature. A grade of C or higher is required for a course to be counted in the major. For residency, a student must have at least 12 hours in 300- or 400-level English classes from Texas A&M University.

College and University Requirements

Other courses may qualify for the following categories. All courses are to be selected with the approval of the student’s academic advisor. The following lists incorporate University Core Curriculum requirements. No course can be counted in more than one category, except as allowed in the minor field of study and the International and Cultural Diversity Graduation requirement. A minimum of 36 hours of 300- or 400-level coursework must be completed at Texas A&M University, with at least 12 of those hours being in the major.