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English for Secondary Teachers Major

English for Secondary Teachers

Dr. David LeNoir, English for Secondary Teachers AdvisorThe English for Secondary Teachers major prepares students for certification to teach grades 8-12. The major is well rounded, featuring work in literature, writing, language study, and allied language arts. It is structured to meet specific accreditation and certification requirements while still offering students choice in course selection. Instead of a minor or second major requirement, this major includes a component of Professional Education courses, culminating in a semester of student teaching. In addition to the usual study abroad opportunities available to students, a portion of the student teaching semester may be completed abroad. Although the major is specifically aimed at preparing future secondary teachers, graduates are free to pursue other career paths appropriate for English majors, and they have the flexibility to go on to graduate study either in English or in education.

For more information on the English for Secondary Teachers major at WKU or to discuss whether the program is right for you, please contact:

Dr. David LeNoir
English for Secondary Teachers Advisor

Major in English for Secondary Teachers

The major in English for secondary teachers (reference number 561) is intended for those seeking certification to teach in secondary schools in Kentucky. It requires a minimum of 55 semester hours of content courses and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. No minor or second major is required; however, the EST major requires an additional 34 hours of education courses specified by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and certification is contingent upon additional state requirements.

View the English for Secondary Teachers Advising Worksheet to see a list of required courses and electives. 

View the English for Secondary Teachers 4 Year Plan for a sample of how to graduate in 4 years with an English degree in creative writing.

View English course descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog here.

Check out our Current Students page for extracurricular activities, scholarships, special events, and more!

Check out Career Opportunities page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!

English for Secondary Teachers Faculty:

(Click to learn more about each faculty member)

Dr. David LeNoir

Dr. Peggy Otto

Dr. Alex Poole

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