Education: English 7-12 Certification

Do you love to read books?
Do you like to write?
Do you have a passion to share these interests with others?

Marywood has just what you're looking for! Our English/Secondary Education degree is a four-year program designed to provide you with a firm grounding in literary tradition, literary analysis, and writing. In addition, the program provides a foundation in linguistics and two courses in methods of teaching English.

The methods course in teaching literature offers theory as well as practical application of best practices in teaching middle-school and high-school students to read, understand and connect to a variety of texts; also offered are experiences with test preparation, lesson planning, unit planning and the actual presentation of lessons.

The methods course in teaching writing also offers current theory in composition as well as actual practice in strategies of invention, drafting, revision, editing, and assessment of texts. Both methods courses are required before student teaching.

Specialty Courses

ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
ENGL 180 World Literature 3
ENGL 370 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 412A Teaching Writing 3
ENGL 412B Teaching Literature 3
ENGL 310-329 1 course from Genre 3
ENGL 330-349 1 course from Theme 3
ENGL 350-359 1 course from American Period 3
ENGL 360-369 1 course from British Period 3
ENGL (varies) Any Upper-Level Writing Course 3
ENGL 400 Structure of Linguistics 3
Choose from 3 of the following 4 courses:
ENGL 357A Early American Literature 3
ENGL 357 American Literature 1865-present 3
ENGL 360 Medieval & Early Modern British Writers 3
ENGL 364 Major British Writers 3

General Requirements

EDUC 500 First Semester Certification Seminar 0
EDUC 000 Field Experience (190 clock hours minimum) 0
EDUC 005E Practicum Block 1
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 523 Seminar: Psychology of Education 3
PSYC 514 Human Development 3
R ED 526 Teaching Content Area Reading 3
SPED 507 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
EDUC 411A Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education 3
SPED 511 Curriculum for Special Needs Learners (taken w/ student teaching) 3
SPED 539 Behavior Management Approaches 3
EDUC 561 Methods, Materials and Assessment ESL 3
EDUC 442A-Q Student Teaching 2.5,2.5
EDUC 598B Special Topics in Student Teaching (Seminar) (Taken w/ student teaching) 1

Subject Area Specializations

Full transfer credit will be awarded for courses in the following specializations based upon comparable prior credits earned.


The English as a Second Language (ESL) (PK-12) Endorsement is intended to improve a teacher's skills in this specialized area and can be added to existing Level I or Level II certificates.

The online Autism Spectrum Disorders (PK-12) Endorsement will help educators, school psychologists, counselors, and other professionals work more effectively with children and youth diagnosed with ASD.