The English Area of Concentration program is designed for students seeking certification to teach English (English Language Arts) in grades 7-12. The curriculum includes a range of courses that provide students with the content that they need to teach English (English Language Arts) – World, British, American, and Minority literature; communication, rhetoric, and language and linguistics. Completion of the English and professional education courses with field experiences in diverse school settings results in the awarding of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a double major in English and English Education. The program also meets the teaching certification or licensure requirements for the State of Maryland and most other states.
For information on undergraduate admission to the University, please click here.
Once admitted to the University, students in the College of Education must meet the Selective Admissions requirements in order to proceed into the Professional portion of the English Education program. The Selective Admissions requirements for the English Education program are as follows:
- Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
- Cumulative UM GPA of 2.75 or higher; 3.0 GPA is recommended for best consideration
- Completion of lower-level Fundamental English requirement with a “C-” or better
- Completion of lower-level Fundamental Math requirement with a “C-” or better
- Minimum passing scores on a Basic Skills Tests (see advisor for details)
- Satisfactory completion of EDCI 416 with a “B-” or better
- Satisfactory completion of the upper level content area courses. Consult Advisor for content area GPA requirement.
- A resume that shows prior experience in the education field with youth in the age range you intend to teach
- A written goal statement
- Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member or instructor)
- Satisfactory rating on the College of Education Foundational Competencies
STEP ONE: Apply for undergraduate admission to the University.
Once admitted to the University, proceed to Step Two.
STEP TWO: Please submit your application to the Professional Teacher Education Program online.
Academic advising is an essential part of your academic experience at UM. Academic advisors help you understand the academic requirements and curricular offerings in the College of Education. They assist you to realistically evaluate your academic progress and its relationship to successful planning. Advisors also inform you about different campus resources and services that will help you to make the most of your experience while at the University of Maryland.
Advising is mandatory for all students in the College of Education. Depending upon your major and your academic standing in the College, you will be assigned an advisor from within the Office of Student Services (Room 1204, Benjamin). All students are required to make advising appointments no more than 2 weeks before your scheduled registration date.
- Janis Cornell-DeMoss, Director of Student Services
Advises: Students on Academic Probation/Dismissal, Dean's Level Exceptions to Policy.
- Jessica Chew, Academic Advisor
Secondary Education, English Area of Concentration
~ Some courses for the major may also count toward the General Education requirements.
~ **All students must complete two Distributive Studies courses that are approved for I-series courses.
~ The Understanding Plural Societies and Cultural Competence courses may also fulfill Distributive Studies categories.
|ENGL 101: Academic Writing*||3||Natural Science with Lab (NL)**||4|
|Math (MA)*||3||ENGL 301: This is English: Fields and Methods||3|
|History/Social Science (HS)||3||ENGL 280: The English Language**||3|
|Foreign Language (See ARHU advisor for Details)||3||Foreign Language (See ARHU advisor for Details)||3|
ENGL 201: Inventing Western Literature: Ancient and Medieval Traditions or
ENGL 202: Inventing Western Literature: Renaissance to Modern
|3||COMM 107: Oral Communication: Principles and Practices||3|
|Total Credits||15||Total Credits||16|
Benchmark Requirements: AW with C- or higher; MA with C- or higher; * Must attempt by 30 cr.
COMM 230: Argumentation and Debate,
COMM 330: Argumentation and Public Policy,
COMM 383: or
COMM 402: Communication Theory and Process
|3||Natural Science (NS)**||3|
|TLPL 360: Foundations of Education||3||Scholarship in Practice #1 (SP)**||3|
|Analytic Reasoning (AR)||3||Shakespeare||3|
ENGL 487: Principles and Practices of Rhetoric ,
COMM 360: The Rhetoric of Black America, or COMM 453: The Power of Discourse in American Life
|Total Credits||15||Total Credits||15|
Benchmark Requirements: ENGL 301, Take Test of Basic Skills
|TLPL 451: Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education: English (Fall only)||3||TLPL 452: Bases for English Language Instruction (Spring only)||3|
|EDHD 413: Adolescent Development||3||TLPL 457: Literature for Adolescents||3|
|Women/Minority Studies||3||EDHD 426: Cognitive and Motivational Literacy Content||3|
ENGL 391: Advanced Composition or
ENGL 393: Technical Writing**
|British/American Literature||3||American Literature||3|
|Submit Application to Professional Education Program|
|Total Credits||15||Total Credits||15|
Benchmark Requirements: TLPL 451 with B- or higher
|TLPL 456: Teaching Writing (Fall only)||3||TLPL 478x: Professional Seminar in Education: English (spring)||1|
|TLPL 479C: Field Experience in Education: English Education||1||TLPL 489x: Internship in Secondary Schools: English||12|
|TLPL 462: Reading in the Secondary School||3||TLPL 480: Teaching Academically, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse Students in Secondary Education||2|
|ENGL 400-level elective||3|
|Total Credits||16||Total Credits||15|
Total Credits for Degree: 121-125
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