2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in English: Secondary Education

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in English: Secondary Education degree is designed for students seeking to teach middle and high school English. Through this program, students build knowledge of pedagogical principles as well as literature, linguistics and writing. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


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).


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

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

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate secondary education majors are required to:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.80.
  • Pass the required PAPA exams.
  • Have Act 34, 151 and 114 clearances for formal Admission to Teacher Education.

A GPA of 3.00 and passing scores for Praxis II are needed to apply for a Recommendation for Student Teaching.

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