Concentration in Teacher Education

Are you interested in how people learn to write and read?  Do you want to make a difference in other people’s lives?  If so, the Concentration in Teacher Education may be for you. 

Some English majors choose this concentration because they plan to English in elementary or secondary schools.  Others plan to apply for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program or Teach for America.  Still others want to serve as a Teaching Assistant in graduate school.  No matter how you plan to teach, the Teacher Education concentration offers you a strong foundation in literature, writing, and language study. cas_eng_student6

If you want a career in teaching, you may also want to study education in courses outside the English Department.  Students in the Teacher Education concentration often also do a minor in Educational Studies or enroll in the combined five-year B.A./M.A. program.  Faculty in the Teacher Education concentration in English work closely with faculty in Education to ensure that our students are well prepared for careers teaching English. 

You can get a head start on teaching by taking English courses that include community engagement or service learning.  In Literacy and Language (EN 172), for instance, you can put what you learn about literacy into action by tutoring second graders at Cesar Batalla School. 

To learn more about teaching English, see the National Council of Teachers of English.  This is the major professional organization for English and language arts teachers.  It offers information on everything from grammar, to censorship, to careers. 

For information about the Teacher Education concentration, contact Dr. Betsy Bowen, Coordinator, DMH 105.