Academic Programs of Study

English: Secondary Education

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Literature, writing, and teaching
  • Dedicated and engaging faculty
  • Theory and practical application strategies

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Secondary Education at Marywood

Share Your Passion for Reading and Writing with an English/Secondary Education Degree

At Marywood, you’ll find a comprehensive curriculum in English and World Literature, a dedicated and engaging faculty – and a background in critical thinking and writing that will serve you well whatever your goals. You’ll develop your abilities to think, to write, to communicate: skills that you can use everywhere from the classroom to the office to the web. You’ll be required to think critically and analyze what you read for quality, merit, and reason. The background you’ll gain in English and other world literatures—and the histories and cultures behind them—will help prepare you to realize the goal of every Marywood student’s education: you’ll be learning to live responsibly in a world where persons are increasingly interdependent.

More About This Degree

Helen Bittel, Ph.D.
Victorian literature, Children's/Young Adult Literature, Feminist Rhetoric, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Erin Sadlack, Ph.D.
Medieval and Early Modern British Literature, Women's Studies, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities
Sr. Christine Mihelich, I.H.M., Ph.D.
18th Century Fiction, Catholic Writers, Writing, Writing Memoir, and American and British Surveys
Deborah Brassard, Ph.D.
Modern British Literature, Modern American Literature, and Shakespeare
This is just a sample of our English faculty - see them all!

The English program benefits from Marywood’s state-of-the-art technology. You’ll find computer facilities with the latest equipment and software, as well as the extensive collection at the Learning Resources Center,Marywood’s library. In addition to the large collection of books and other reference materials, recordings, videos, and other nonprint materials, the library subscribes to an extensive collection of online journals and databases to meet the specialized needs of our students and faculty. The library also participates in a national and international interlibrary loan network.

The education department maintains a curriculum laboratory of texts, manipulative materials, and software designed for K-12 programs. In addition, students are able to access an Assistive Technology Lab with the latest adaptive technology for preparation to implement Universal Design for Learning.

The English Department offers an excellent program in English/Secondary Education that works in close cooperation with the Education Department to make sure that you are ready to enter the high school classroom well prepared. In addition to completing an array of courses in World, English, and American literature, the English/Secondary Education program requires you to observe teachers in the field, to complete courses in teaching methods, and to do well as a student teacher at two locations. Our graduates have had tremendous success in securing teaching jobs.


I am where I am today because of everyone at Marywood.

In 2012, I earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a double minor in Broadcast Communications and Journalism. Leaving college, I thought I would become the next David Muir.  But instead of a pen as my instrument of choice, it became a camera.  As much as I like hearing and telling stories during the writing process, I believe visual storytelling enhances the writing of the story. In the end, with both of those elements, you have quite a product.

I work at WUSA9 in Washington, D.C. where I am a photojournalist and producer for Great Day Washington, a local lifestyle show which showcases the good things happening in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas.

And how did Marywood help me achieve success? Small class sizes are a definite with one-on-one assistance and professors engaging with students. The full-time faculty teach the foundations of the craft while the adjunct professors give a perspective of how it is once you leave college and enter the real world.  

The many media platforms available on campus are beneficial for students who want to dive in and gain experience. From a school newspaper that is rising to new heights of success, an award-winning radio station, and televised events run by students, Marywood has the tools to help you succeed. Once I stepped into my field, I was properly trained to be the best storyteller I could be.

I am where I am today because of everyone at Marywood.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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