English: Secondary Education

Bachelor of Arts - BA

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

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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.

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Erin Sadlack, Ph.D.
Medieval and Early Modern British Literature, Women's Studies, and Rhetoric and Composition
Laurie McMillan, Ph.D.
Composition, 20th Century American Literature, and Feminist Theory
Helen Bittel, Ph.D.
Victorian Literature and Children's Literature
Bill Conlogue, Ph.D.
19th and 20th Century American Literature
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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.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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

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English majors, Secondary Education, must complete a minimum of 45 credit
hours in English:

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
Survey Courses 3 out of 4 of the following:
ENGL 357A American Literature I
ENGL 357 American Literature II
ENGL 360 British Literature I
ENGL 364 British Literature II
One upper-level writing course
One course from: ENGL 310-329, Genre
One course from: ENGL 330-349, Theme
One course from: ENGL 350-359, American Period
One course from: ENGL 360-369, British Period
ENGL 370 Shakespeare
ENGL 400 Structure of Linguistics
ENGL 412A Teaching Writing
ENGL 412B Teaching Literature

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.