Secondary English Content Pre-requisites

Students interested in teacher certification in Secondary English Education (grades 8-12) first complete a bachelor's degree with a major in English prior to entering the teacher certification program at the graduate level. Students must apply and be accepted into the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program in order to complete teacher certification. Please review the admission requirements for the MAT program at the "how to apply" tab:

Those students who do not complete a major in this content area must complete prerequisite courses as indicated below to be eligible for application to the program. These prerequisite courses may be taken in post-baccalaureate status through the University of Louisville or through another accredited institution upon approval of an Education Advisor. An overall 2.50 grade point average is required for certification. Applicants who have remaining prerequisite, content courses should have an official transcript evaluation prior to enrolling in those courses.

American Literature I (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 311, American Literature I
  • ENGL 418, American Literature to 1830
  • ENGL 419, American Literature from 1830-1865

American Literature II (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 312, American Literature II
  • ENGL 420, American Literature from 1865-1910
  • ENGL 421, American Literature from 1910-1960
  • ENGL 422, American Literature from 1960-Present

British Literature I (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 301, British Literature I
  • ENGL 413, British Literature from Beginning through Shakespeare
  • ENGL 414, British Literature from Shakespeare through Neo-Classical Period

British Literature II (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 302, British Literature II
  • ENGL 415, Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 416, Modern British and Irish Literature
  • ENGL 417, Contemporary British and Post-Colonial Literature

Diverse Literatures and Perspectives (6 credit hours)

  • ENGL 373, Women in Literature
  • PAS 340, African American Literature
  • ENGL 491, Interpretive Theory: New Criticism to the Present
  • ENGL XXX, Non-Western Literature course*

Composition (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 300, Introduction to English Studies
  • ENGL 310, Writing about Literature

Communication (3 credit hours)

  • COMM XXX, Speech Communication
  • TA 324, Acting for Non-Majors

Linguistics (3 credit hours)

  • EDTP 522, Grammar for Teachers
  • ENGL/LING 5XX, Foundation of Language or Linguistics course*

Literacy (9 credit hours)

  • ENGL 506, Teaching of Writing
  • EDTP 540, Teaching Adolescent Readers
  • EDTP 620, Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (completed in the MAT program)

* - Must be approved by advisor.