English Education Major

Bachelor of Arts



English Education Major

The English Education major is designed to equip students to earn teacher certification and teach English and writing in private and public middle or high schools. This major meets the State of Oklahoma's requirements for a teaching license at the secondary level (middle and high school).

The program consists of three components: general education, professional education, and English content (literature, linguistics, and writing).

In the English content courses, students study American, British, and world literature and can choose additional courses to enable them to focus on a particular genre or literary period. Students also learn to analyze grammatical structures of the English language, to apply linguistic principles to literature and composition, to analyze writing style based on grammatical structures, and to trace the development of the English language.

Students also hone their writing skills, learning to summarize, paraphrase, analyze, synthesize and evaluate written material and to formulate theses and support them by logical argument. English students learn research writing that demonstrates the ability to use scholarly sources in appropriate ways, with quotations incorporated skillfully and correctly.

In professional education courses, students examine the Biblical principles for education and become familiar with the concepts behind the learning, instruction, and the historical background of the teaching profession. A course on the teaching of English specifically examines the foundations and practices of being an English teacher in today's secondary schools.

Through this major, students earn licensure to teach English and language arts at the middle and high school levels. Students may also earn licensure in a second subject/content area. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation requires the OSAT/OPTE test(s) be passed in order to obtain a license in an additional subject/content area. Students interested in completing coursework toward additional licensing should consult the subject area advisor.


Student Societies, Clubs, and Extracurricular opportunities

  • Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society, and its central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.
  • The English Club meets periodically for poetry readings and various social events. The club is open to English and writing majors as well as to any students who enjoy literature and writing.
  • Promethia is the ORU literary magazine that showcases poetry, essays, short stories and black-and-white photography created by ORU students, faculty and staff. Produced annually by students, Promethia seeks to display the finest literary efforts of the ORU community.
  • The C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society has a chapter at ORU. Functioning like a campus club, the society hosts academic conferences, Tolkienfest, and many social events throughout the year.
  • Walden Weekend, an annual retreat held in early fall, enables students to escape the commotion of urban life and to leisurely read and write in the woods of eastern Oklahoma.

Course Offerings Include the following:

  • Young Adult Literature
  • World Literature
  • English Literature
  • American Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Structure of Modern English
  • Teaching English
  • Major Writers
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Modern Period
  • Foundations and Methods of Education
  • Field Based Experience/Practicum
  • Intern/Student Teaching 7-9; 10-12

For more information, contact Laura Krohn, lkrohn@oru.edu.

Degree Plan