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Secondary English Teacher Education Program at KU

The Secondary English teacher education program at KU prepares pre-service educators to teach students in 6th through 12th grade classrooms. The program combines literature-based theory and knowledge with culturally readings and discussions. In addition to the School of Education offerings, courses taught by faculty from the Department of English offer students learning options in rhetoric, linguistics and literature. 

Benefits of the program include:

  • Program Reputation - KU’s Bachelor's Degree in Secondary English Education is offered through the KU School of Education, which recently ranked 8th in the nation was according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools. 
  • Field Experiences, Early & Often - The teacher education program combines general education courses, professional education coursework, and English courses with multiple field experiences at the secondary level in rural, urban, and suburban communities.
  • Positive Impact on Students - Secondary English teachers have the capability to improve literacy skills for all students in the PK-12 school system. 
  • Dual Programming - Coursework fulfills the requirements for a Bachelor's degree as well as initial teaching licensure in Kansas. It's a two-for-one program at KU!
  • Teacher Licensure Options - Students who successfully complete this program at KU may be eligible to take advantage of licensure endorsements options: TESOL or Special Education. 
  • Student Organizations & Networking - Students can actively participate in the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA), a unique, student-led organization dedicated to teacher quality, community outreach, and political action. 
  • Nationally-accredited Program - The KU School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.

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