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 major coursework in English, and 33 hours of supporting specialized coursework in specific areas of educational planning and teaching. This certification is a field-based program that requires students spend extensive time in middle schools. Students in the degree program specialize in teaching-specific subjects, cultivate excellent communication skills, and develop an understanding of the social and intellectual development of children.

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

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 303 Approaches to English Studies 3
INST 210 Understanding Special Populations 3
Select one of the following: 1 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Composition and Rhetoric  
Technical and Business Writing  
American history 3
Foreign language 2 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
ENGL 203 Writing about Literature 1 3
Foreign language 2 4
Life and physical sciences 3
Mathematics 3 3
English elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
INST 222 Foundations of Education in a Multicultural Society 3
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  
Foreign language 2 3
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
English elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
RDNG 371 Multicultural and Interdisciplinary Literature for Middle Grades 3
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.  
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  
Foreign language 2 3
Government/Political science 3
Mathematics 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
RDNG 372 Reading and Writing across the Middle Grades Curriculum 3
American history 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Life and physical sciences 3
English elective 4 3
English elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
EDCI 354 Early Childhood and Adolescent Curriculum and Lesson Design 1 3
ENGL 481 Senior Seminar 3
RDNG 373 Teaching Reading Through Children's Literature 3
TEFB 371 Dynamics and Management in Multicultural/Inclusionary Learning Environments 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to African-American Literature  
Introduction to Africana Literature  
Transnational Literature and Culture  
African-American Literature Pre-1930  
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Literatures  
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  
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
INST 362 English as a Second Language Methods I 1 3
MEFB 452 Curriculum and Instruction for Middle Grades 1 3
RDNG 470 Reading/Language Arts Methods in Middle Grades Education 3
RDNG 490 Assessment in Reading Instruction in Middle Grades 3
Creative arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
MEFB 497 Supervised Clinical Teaching 1 6
 Semester Credit Hours6
 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

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

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 and Cultural Discourse graduation requirements. 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.