Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in English (Secondary Education; Teacher Certification in English Language Arts and Reading, Grades Seven through Twelve, with Double Major in B.A. Education)

Minimum Hours: 120 Semester Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three additional hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses, and a minor. For this program, the additional literature course may be satisfied by selecting a sophomore literature course for the 040 component of the core curriculum and the second major in Education fulfills the minor requirement.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  4. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation, which can be completed by courses in the major, minor, or general education core curriculum.
  5. This major requires 36 semester credit hours of English courses. ENG 1310 and ENG 1320 are recommended prerequisites to all other English courses.
  6. To satisfy graduation requirements for teacher certification, students must have at least a 2.75 Overall GPA and a GPA of at least 2.50 in all assigned courses in the professional sequence of the Education major with no grade below a “C”.
  7. This degree program is designed to prepare students for secondary teacher certification in English and requires that students pursue a double major by declaring and completing requirements for both the major in English and the major in Education. The following courses are required for the major in Education:
    Education Foundations
    CI 2310Education for Change3
    CI 3325Adolescents and Society3
    CI 4332Secondary Teaching: Curriculum and Technology3
    Teaching and Learning
    CI 3340Teaching for Linguistic Diversity3
    CI 4343Instructional Strategies for the Secondary Teacher3
    CI 4370Building Relationships in the Secondary Classroom3
    CI 4372Teaching in Communities3
    RDG 3323Teaching Literacies in the Content Areas3
    SPED 4344Educating Students with Mild Disabilities3
    Clinical Practice
    EDST 4681Student Teaching 7-126
    Total Hours33
  8. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:
  9. For transfer students, 6 semester credit hours in Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Associate of Arts in Teaching Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Education at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.
    CI 2310Education for Change3
    TCCN: EDUC 1301
    SPED 4344Educating Students with Mild Disabilities3
    TCCN: EDUC 2301
  10. For transfer students, 12 semester credit hours in English (or equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the English Language and Literature Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list. 
    ENG 1310College Writing I3
    TCCN: ENGL 1301
    ENG 1320College Writing II3
    TCCN: ENGL 1302
    Choose 6 hours from the following:6
    British Literature before 1785
    British Literature since 1785
    World Literature before 1600
    World Literature since 1600
    US Literature before 1865
    US Literature since 1865
    TCCN: 6 semester credit hours from the following:
    ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333, ENGL 2341 and ENGL 2351

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3Creative Arts Component Code 0503
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3American History Component Code 0603
Modern Language 14104Modern Language 14204
US 11001 
 17 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Mathematics Component Code 0203Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
ENG Literature (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040)13ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)13
American History Component Code 0603Modern Language 23203
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3ENG 330133
Modern Language 23103CI 23103
 15 18
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics, or Science3ENG Group B - American Literature3
ENG Group A - British Literature3ENG 3319 or 43103
ENG Group B - American Literature3Secondary Field-Block I:9
ENG Group C - World Literature3 
Education Core:6 
 18 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 33893Clinical Practice: Student Teaching6
ENG Advanced Elective3 
Secondary Field-Block II: 9 
 15 6
Total Hours: 120

Advanced English Electives

In addition to ENG 3301, students must complete seven advanced courses. Students must take at least one advanced course from Group A and one from Group C, two courses from Group B, and two specified courses from Group D: ENG 3319 or ENG 4310, and ENG 3389. They also select a three-hour elective from one group. In selecting their advanced courses, students are encouraged to take at least two courses that center on genre, theme, or theory. One of the advanced courses must focus on the works of a single author and is recommended to be taken at the end of the major:

ENG 3343The Interdisciplinary Approach to Literature3
ENG 3354Shakespeare 13
ENG 4351Chaucer and His Time 13
ENG 4355The Later Shakespeare 13
ENG 4358Milton 13


ENG 3351Early Medieval Literature of the British Isles3
ENG 3352Medieval English Literature3
ENG 3353British Poetry and Prose of the Sixteenth Century3
ENG 3354Shakespeare3
ENG 3356British Poetry and Prose of the Seventeenth Century3
ENG 3357British Literature of the Restoration and Augustan Periods, 1660-17503
ENG 3359British Literature, 1750-18003
ENG 3362The British Romantics3
ENG 3365Victorian Literature3
ENG 3368The British Novel3
ENG 3370Twentieth-Century British Literature3
ENG 4351Chaucer and His Time3
ENG 4355The Later Shakespeare3
ENG 4358Milton3


ENG 3309The Southwest in Film3
ENG 3326American Drama on Film3
ENG 3331Literature of Black America3
ENG 3333Early US Literature3
ENG 3335US Literature 1865-1930: The Rise of Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism3
ENG 3336US Literature, 1930 to the Present: From Modernism to Comtemporary Forms3
ENG 3338The American Novel3
ENG 3344Chicano/a Narrative and Social History3
ENG 3345Southwestern Studies I: Defining the Region3
ENG 3346Southwestern Studies II: Consequences of Region3
ENG 3347American Poetry3
ENG 3347American Poetry3
ENG 4325Literature of the Southwest3
ENG 4334US Romanticism3


ENG 3321The Short Story3
ENG 3322The European Novel3
ENG 3323Modern Poetry3
ENG 3325Russian Literature in Translation3
ENG 3327Types of World Drama in English3
ENG 3328Types of World Drama in English (Modern)3
ENG 3341Studies in World Literature3
ENG 3350Global Medieval Literature3
ENG 3385Children's Literature3
ENG 3386Adolescent Literature3
ENG 3388Women and Literature3
ENG 3392Women Writers of the Middle Ages3
ENG 3393Introduction to Canadian Literature3
ENG 4385Advanced Studies in Children's or Adolescent Literature3


ENG 3302Film and Video Theory and Production3
ENG 3303Technical Writing3
ENG 3304Professional Writing3
ENG 3306Writing for Film3
ENG 3307Introduction to the Study of Film3
ENG 3308Advanced Topics in Film3
ENG 3311Practices in Writing and Rhetoric3
ENG 3315Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENG 3316Film Studies3
ENG 3318Approaches to Writing and Rhetoric3
ENG 3319The Development of English3
ENG 3320Theory and Criticism3
ENG 3340Special Topics in Language and Literature3
ENG 3342Editing3
ENG 3348Creative Writing: Fiction3
ENG 3349Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENG 3389The Discipline of English3
ENG 4310Modern English Syntax3
ENG 4323Studies in Autobiography and Biography3
ENG 4348Senior Seminar in Fiction Writing3
ENG 4349Senior Seminar in Poetry Writing3
ENG 4350Senior Seminar in Film3