English Education

Do you want to share your passion for literature with future generations of writers, poets, and people from all walks of life? The English Education major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with the skills and experience you need to pursue a successful career as a secondary level English teacher. Our department has received excellent ratings from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education for a curriculum that incorporates theoretical and applied studies of canonical English and American literature as well as diverse areas like African/African American literature, Post-colonial literature, Native American literature, Asian/Asian American literature, Women in literature, Theater, and more. Not only will you have a depth of knowledge in the classics, but you can also provide your students with wide-ranging and globally informed perspectives, which is essential for teaching in an increasingly connected world.

As an English Education major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with stellar academic credentials, widely published and award-winning in research, service, and pedagogy. Among the honors our faculty has received are the Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Faculty Award for the College of Liberal Arts. Our instructors are deeply committed to the success of their students and work closely with them through every stage of the degree program and certification process, by providing individual attention, a network of connections within community schools, and mentoring for internships, undergraduate research, and employment opportunities.
  • Hands-On Learning through a transformative internship placement in the local school system, which prepares students to manage a classroom, design curriculum, create lesson plans, and interact with diverse student populations. We offer various site placements for internships and develop relationships between our students and their schools from the earliest stages of the program, so students can begin observing and interacting with their future colleagues and pupils from their first semester.
  • Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE) offers students internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to the British Isles, France, and Italy. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at: http://uca.edu/liberalarts/edgeplan/.
  • Professional Development through UCA student organizations as well as community involvement, with travel to attend museum exhibitions, dramatic performances and literary conferences around the nation, and the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, which (among many other activities) co-sponsors the annual Banned Books Week, promoting censorship awareness through public readings and other events. There are also numerous on-campus literary events, such as the UCA “Writers in Residence” initiative, which invites professional writers to campus to share their knowledge and experience through presentations, readings, and workshops, as well as the annual student research conference sponsored by the Department of English, to provide students with an outlet for presenting their ideas and discoveries to faculty, peers, and area professionals.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the English Education major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://www.uca.edu/english/.