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Secondary English Education Program Curriculum

The Secondary English teacher education program curriculum is built on the belief that it is critical for KU students to not only gain a broad-based teacher education preparation, but to supplement that education with hands-on practical experience in the field. This powerful combination allows our students to excel in any classroom environment. Freshmen and transfer students will complete the KU Core Curriculum for general education requirements. Review the Academic Catalog or consult the new program detail sheet (pdf) for more comprehensive information. 

Sample Plan of Study

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester

C&T 100: Introduction to the Education Profession

COMS 130: Speaker-Audience Communication

ENGL 101: Composition

MATH 101: College Algebra

HIST 128: History of U.S. Civil War

C&T 235: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in K-12

BIOL 101/102: Principles of Biology Lecture & Lab

PSYC 104: General Psychology

ENGL 102: Critical Reading & Writing

MATH 105: Introduction to Topics in Mathematics

Sophomore Year (apply for professional program admission)​

Fall Semester Spring Semester (+ summer)

HSES 260: Personal & Community Health

ELPS 250: Education & Society

ANTH 160: Varieties of Human Experience

Physical Science Lecture & Lab Requirement

English Topics Requirement

C&T 324: Curriculum & Learner in Middle/High School

ENGL 312: British Writers to 1800

ENGL 320: American Literature I

SPED 326: Teaching Exceptional Youth in General Education

ELPS 302: Educational Technology

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester (+ summer)

EPSY 456: Managing & Motivating Learners in Middle/Secondary Classrooms

C&T 430: Teaching Literature for Young Adults

ENGL 314: British Writers after 1800

ENGL 322: American Literature II

EPSY 306: Development & Learning of the Adolescent

Modern English Requirement

C&T 331: Instructional Approaches for ESOL Learners

C&T 533: Curriculum & Instruction in English/Language Arts Classroom

ENGL 332: Shakespeare

World Literature Requirement

Advanced Composition Requirement

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester

C&T 540: Advanced Practices in Teaching English in Middle/Secondary Classrooms

C&T 448: Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum

C&T 489: Advanced Teaching Practicum

ELPS 537: Governance & Organization

SPED 507: Advanced Practices for Children with Disabilities

C&T 490: Student Teaching

C&T 495: Seminar: Developing the Teaching Portfolio

EPSY 520: Classroom Assessment

Please note: This is only a sample plan of study. Please consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.

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