English (Secondary Education), BA
The BA program in English with a concentration in secondary education includes rigorous content in literature, composition, linguistics and secondary teaching pedagogy. This program provides extensive preparation for meeting the needs of all student populations, including attention to levels of academic performance and cultural and linguistic diversity.
Students finish the program with Arizona Department of Education certification for middle and high school English language arts. Both a fingerprint clearance and a background check are required in the second year of the program.
In addition to the reviewing guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.
ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.
Change of Major Requirements
A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.
Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.
Flexible Degree Options
Accelerated program options
This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:
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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.
Students graduating with a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in secondary education have tremendous opportunities for employment. Certified teachers continue to be in high demand in Arizona, and Arizona State University provides more of these teachers than any other institution of higher education.
After student teaching in school districts in the greater Phoenix area or within one of the 22 Native American nations in the state, graduates are often hired to teach in the same school where they completed their internship.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
Writers and Authors
- Growth: 3.7%
- Median Salary*: 73150
- Growth: -4%
- Median Salary*: 73080
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
- Growth: 1.2%
- Median Salary*: 74280
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
- Growth: 3.7%
- Median Salary*: 73150
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
- Growth: 1%
- Median Salary*: 62360
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
ASU programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification are intended to prepare students for potential licensure or certification in Arizona. Completion of an ASU program may not meet educational requirements for licensure or certification in another state. For more information, students should visit the ASU professional licensure webpage.
Students wishing to pursue a future in education must understand the diverse sets of experiences, backgrounds and cultures that can shape the students in their classrooms. Students can gain firsthand experience of a wide range of cultures and communities when they enhance their English degree with a Global Education program. With a diverse set of students and interests, the Department of English seeks to work with all students to create an international experience that meets their individual needs and goals.
In addition to providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to build their skills in a unique environment, Global Education programs also help them stand out in the job market long after graduation.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these study abroad programs for students majoring in English with a concentration in secondary education.