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English-Education Major

Working with the University of Maryland College of Education, the Department of English offers the English-Education double major and a five-year integrated Master of Education degree to students who are interested in teaching English.


Students in English have several options for pursuing a career in the education sector. Completion of the one of these routes to certification will meet the licensure requirements for the State of Maryland and most other states to teach English (English Language Arts) in grades 7-12.

One route to certification is to pursue our double major program in English and Secondary Education. This double major includes a selective admissions component which requires successful completion of the following requirements: satisfactory completion of 45 credits, including Fundamental Studies Academic Writing and Mathematics with grades of C or higher; achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above; satisfactory performance on the Praxis I assessment; prior experiences in the education field; a goal statement; and three letters of recommendation. The College of Education Student Services Office (1204 Benjamin Building, phone: (301) 405-2364) can provide additional information about admission requirements and procedures. Students are required to receive advising each semester in both the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) and the Department of English. See below for an overview of the English components of the double major requirements, and see also the College of Education program overview.

The College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) offers several other programs for students interested in English teaching certification. The certification is valid in public schools in Maryland and most other states. For more information about these programs, see below.

Double Major Requirements

The English-Education double major requires students to complete different requirements from the regular English major or double major.

13 courses (39 credits) are required for this double major:

  • 5 core courses
  • 5 British and American concentration courses
  • 3 other requirements

Core Requirements: (300-400 level) 

  1. ENGL301: “This is English: Fields and Methods.”
  2. Majors must take ENGL301 before they take other 300- or 400-level English courses. We recommend that it be taken during the sophomore year. In special cases, students may be permitted to take ENGL301 while they are taking their first upper-level course.
  3. Shakespeare
  4. Language
  5. Women/Minority
    • A course in the literature of a) African Americans, b) Peoples of Color, c) women or d) LGBTQ+ persons.
  6. A 400-Level English Elective

British and American concentration (300-400 level) 
5 out of the 6 areas. Must include one American Literature

  1. Medieval
  2. Early Modern other than Shakespeare
  3. Restoration or Eighteenth Century
  4. Nineteenth-Century British
  5. American Literature Before 1900
  6. Twentieth-Century British or American Literature

Other Requirements 

  1. ENGL201 or ENGL202
  2. ENGL280
  3. ENGL487 or COMM360

Other Routes to Certification

  1. Five-Year Combined Bachelor/Master's in Secondary Education
    This program requires that students major in their selected content area (i.e., English) as an undergraduate; we encourage our English majors to follow the English courses required of English/Education double majors to ensure that they have a competitive transcript for admittance to this program. Prior to finishing the undergraduate degree, students complete 12 graduate-level credits related to teacher certification requirements. Following graduation from the bachelor's program, students spend a fifth year completing a year-long internship as well as additional graduate-level credits to earn the Master of Education and achieve eligibility for certification. Contact the College of Education for more information. 
  2. Maryland Master's Certification Program (MCERT)
    This program provides a Master of Education in either elementary or secondary education. Students who already hold a bachelor's degree take 12 graduate-level credits in an intensive summer program before completing a year-long internship. While completing the internship, students take additional graduate credits during the fall (6-9 credits) and spring (6-9 credits). The program is completed with 3 credits fulfilled in the final summer session.
  3. Post Baccalaureate Certification (PBC)
    Students interested in obtaining certification (without obtaining a master's degree) may complete this 30-34-credit program in the course of one year. This option is only offered for candidates seeking secondary certification, not elementary or TESOL. Contact the College of Education for more information. 
  4. Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE)
    This program provides a Master of Elementary Education degree and preparation for certification. Students work in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools and the University of Maryland over the course of two academic years and one summer.
  5. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    This program includes several means of achieving a master's degree and/or teaching certification, providing training in adapting methods, materials and curricula to a variety of culturally and linguistically diverse settings in the U.S. and abroad.

For more information about these programs, schedule an appointment with an EDCI advisor by calling (301) 405-3120.