Major in English Education


“Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin

For Majors

Curriculum guide and checklist for the area in English education/secondary certification (2012-2013 bulletin).


Bachelor of Arts Degree


CIP 23.0101




University Studies Requirements

44-47 hours

(See Academic Degrees and Programs.)  

University Studies Electives:


EDP 260 Psychology of Human Development


EDU 103 Issues and Practices of American Education




Note: Certification requires a grade of B or better in ENG 105, MAT 117 or higher, COM 161, and EDU 103 or equivalent course. Additional requirements for admission to teacher education and student teaching must be met. See your advisor and/or the Office of Teacher Education Services for details.



Required Courses

25 hours

ENG 099 Transitions


ENG 221 Introduction to English Studies


ENG 303 British Literature to 1760


ENG 304 British Literature, 1760 to the Present


ENG 311 American Literature to 1890


ENG 312 American Literature, 1890 to the Present


ENG 321 Research in Literary Studies


ENG 334 Shakespeare


and one of the following:


ENG 309 History of the English Language


ENG 310 Introduction to English Linguistics




Required Limited Electives

21 hours

ENG 214 Introduction to Creative Writing


ENG 228 Standard English Usage


ENG 329 Teaching English in Secondary Schools


ENG 435 Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools


ENG 445 Teaching Reading and Writing
  in Secondary Schools




Two 300-500 level ENG courses, both of which must be in literature, at least one covering writings prior to 1800.




Required for Secondary Certification

29 hours

EDU 403 Structures and Foundations of Education


EDU 405 Evaluation and Measurement in Education *


SEC 420 Practicum in Secondary Schools


SEC 421 Student Teaching in the Secondary School


SEC 422 Extended Practicum **


SED 300 Educating Students with Disabilities




Total Curriculum Requirements

120-126 hours ***


* Must be taken together and two semesters before student teaching.

** Must be taken one semester before student teaching.

*** Six additional hours may be required in a modern language to achieve 202-level proficiency, and should be taken as electives as indicated.

Murray State University Department of English and Philosophy


The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University under the 2013-14 academic bulletin. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the MSU bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment; if you enrolled prior to the 2013-14 academic year, consult the registrar's listing for your applicable bulletin. 


Dr. Michael Morgan 

7C Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341


Ms. Deborah Bell

7B-07 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341