Secondary Education - English Concentration

Secondary Education - English Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education English Concentration

Open up worlds of knowledge for middle and high school students.

Equip students with invaluable tools of thought and expression. A bachelor's degree in secondary education with an English concentration from PennWest California prepares you to teach English to grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania, while giving you essential real-world experience as an effective classroom leader.

This rigorous undergraduate program combines core education courses with classes on literary forms and English history.

PennWest California has a strong reputation of producing top-quality educators.

  • PennWest California has been training Pennsylvania teachers for over 165 years.
  • Our partnerships with local school districts enable exceptional fieldwork and student teaching experiences.


Stand-out Faculty
PennWest California's secondary education professors have decades of experience as middle and high school teachers. You'll benefit from their ability to relate theory to real-life experiences and the personal support they give in helping you reach your career goals.

Fieldwork and Student Teaching
PennWest California students stand out in the English education job market because they complete three fieldwork experiences in Pennsylvania schools before the student teaching component of this program.

Top Accreditation: This  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


Average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
PennWest California was named one of Pennsylvania's "Best Colleges Shaping the Next Generation" in 2013 by 

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Degree Benefits

Program courses will give you mastery of the latest practices and theories in literacy, language arts and English education while developing your English literature and history expertise.

  • Study English curriculum development techniques.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology for the teaching of English and learn how to build connections to other areas such as STEM.

  • Deepen your knowledge of poetry, drama, fiction, grammar, historical world literature and other related topics.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania schools.

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Graduate Outcomes

You'll graduate prepared to teach secondary education English at public, private or charter schools. You'll also have the skills you need to thrive in graduate-level teaching programs. Many of our secondary education students return to PennWest California to pursue master's degrees in teaching and education. Our alumni are employed by dozens of schools, both in Pennsylvania and across the country.

English Concentration - Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree

Connect to Local Schools

PennWest California maintains a network of Professional Development Schools (PDS) in Pennsylvania that serve as the ultimate lab setting where you can work directly with K-12 teachers and students to gain career experience.


Faculty Spotlight

Learn best practices in education from experienced professors such as Dr. Connie Monroe, who has taught high school French, English and English as a second language.

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Course Spotlight: Teaching of English

Learn how to apply the principles of educational psychology, philosophy and sociology to the teaching of English in middle and high schools. This course covers practical techniques of classroom practice and examines the challenges of the teaching profession.


English Concentration & Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree Courses

This bachelor's degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania. Our rigorous courses will develop a strong English knowledge base while equipping you with the latest theories and practices in English and literary arts education.


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I 
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT Course
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course with Lab
3 or 4
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society
General Education Options
  • PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology
  • MAT Course
  • ENG 102  English Composition II
Required Concentration Courses 39
SEC 210  Intro to Secondary Ed 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Instruction 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
SEC 392  Teaching of English 3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessment and Interventions 3
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching 12
Required Education Foundation Courses* 6
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Interventions 3
ESP 413  Evidence-Based Practices 3
Related Content Courses 36
ENG 106, 107 OR 108  Intro to (genre) 3
ENG 205 OR 206  World Literature 3
ENG 301 OR 302  English Literature 3
ENG 337 OR 338  American Literature 3
ENG 425  Shakespeare 3
ENG 346  History of English Language  OR  ENG 301  English Literature I 3
ENG 345  English Grammar and Usage  OR  ENG 347  Introduction to Linguistics 3
ENG 308  Research for Writers  OR  ENG 352  Studies in Writing 3
English Writing Elective 3
English Literature Elective 3
ENG Upper-Level Elective 3
ENG Elective 3
Total 121

Additional requirements not counted toward the General Education requirements and included in this program are:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): SEC 461 Student Teaching
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): SEC 420 Assessment and Interventions AND SEC 460 Professional Practices
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Natural Sciences Course with Lab

* EDU 333, 310, 350; PSY 206; and ESP 210 fulfill general education requirements but are also considered "Required Education Foundation Courses."

Program Notes: This is a professional program. All courses listed as program requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Math and English courses must also be passed with a grade of C or higher. Many SEC courses are linked to include field experiences and must be taken together as co-requisites. LiveText software is a requirement of this program.

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