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Secondary English Education

Secondary English Teacher Education Program at KU

The bachelor's degree in secondary English teacher education 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 diverse 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 sducation 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 and also prepares students to pursue a Kansas initial teaching license. It's a two-for-one program at KU!
  • Employable Degree Outcomes - Students can pursue a dual major in both English and secondary English education, as well as licensure endorsement options in TESOL or special education. Learn more here.
  • 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. 
  • Study Abroad - Program supports unique opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, & dispositions needed for culturally-responsive teaching. Learn more here.
  • Nationally-accredited Program - The KU School of Education is accredited under the NCATE standards through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Accreditation System.

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The secondary English education program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory. Resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas can be found here.

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