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 California University of Pennsylvania 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.

Cal U has a strong reputation of producing top-quality educators.

  • Cal U has been training Pennsylvania teachers for over 165 years.
  • This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Cal U education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Our partnerships with local school districts enable exceptional fieldwork and student teaching experiences.


Stand-out Faculty
Cal U'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
Cal U 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 undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

Average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Cal U 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.

  • Have the opportunity to get special education certification along with your English certification.

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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 Cal U 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

Cal U 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
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
PSY 100 General Psychology 3
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 6
Math Course 3
Second Semester 15
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
ENG 106 Introduction to Poetry OR ENG 107 Introduction to Fiction OR ENG 108 Introduction to Drama 3
ESP 210 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
Math Course 3
General Education Course 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ENG 205 World Literature to 1600 OR ENG 206 World Literature from 1600 3
English Elective 3
PSY 206 Adolescent Psychology 3
SEC 210 Introduction to Secondary Education 3
SEC 220 Standards-based Education in Secondary Education 3
Fourth Semester 15
ENG 301 English Literature I OR ENG 302 English Literature II   3
ENG 346 History of the English Language OR 301 English Literature I 3
EDU 310 Teaching in a Multicultural Society 3
EDU 333 Technology in Teaching and Learning 3
ESP 311 Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
ENG 337 Survey of American Literature I OR ENG 338 Survey of American Literature II 3
ENG 425 Shakespeare I 3
SEC 310 Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education 3
SEC 350 Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360 Technology Integration in Secondary Education 3
Sixth Semester 15
ENG 308 Research for Writers 3
ENG 345 English Grammar and Usage OR ENG 347 Introduction to Linguistics 3
ENG 352 Studies in Writing 3
SEC 400 Classroom Management 3
SEC 420 Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
EDU 350 Supporting English Language Learners 3
English Literature Elective 3
English Writing Elective
ESP 413 Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Education 3
SEC 392 Teaching of English and Communications (Fall Only) 3
Eighth Semester 15
SEC 460 Professional Practices in Secondary Education 3
SEC 461 Student Teaching Practicum 12
Total 121


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Secondary Education Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner

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Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Coordinator of Graduate Secondary Ed Programs and Assistant Professor

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Dr. Joseph Zisk
Professor; director, Teaching and Learning Center

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