Bachelor of Arts English Major with Teaching Licensure

Dr. Melissa Smith, Director of English Education

Welcome to the English Education Program Website! If you’re here, you either know you want to teach Secondary English or are at least thinking about it. Though English majors can pursue almost any career path they choose, being a teacher is truly one of the most rewarding careers imaginable. Teachers do not simply teach; they inspire.  This website is designed to explain to you the process by which you can be licensed to teach Secondary English (grades 7-12) in the state of Arkansas. The program is rigorous but worthwhile. Though I have tried to be thorough, you may still have questions. If so, do not hesitate to contact me or drop by my office.

Melissa Smith,
Director of English Education


Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about the differences (and similarities) between “regular” English majors and those who are seeking teaching licensure:

  • All English majors must satisfy the 2000-level world language BA requirement.
  • English Education students declare a major in English, Licensure concentration
  • English Education students declare a minor in Teaching and Learning
  • Candidates for teaching licensure may earn no lower than a C in any English or professional education course.
  • Candidates for teaching licensure must apply for admission to the teacher education program (more specific information is provided below).

Program of Study and Requirements

  • Following this program of study will ensure that a student will finish in a timely manner with all necessary coursework and requirements for both Level I and Level II admission.
  • A student must complete 37 credit hours with at least 24 hours of upper division credits, the same as an English major, and an additional 38 hours of teacher preparation.
    • You must apply to be admitted in the Teacher Education program. This link should you get started.
  • The following courses are required for a Teaching and Learning minor:
    • EDUC 1300—Education as a Profession
    • EDUC 1300—Education as a Profession
    • EDUC 3322—Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
    • MSIT 3310—Learning and Development
    • MSIT 4305—Classroom Management
    • EDUC 4210—Educational Technology
    • MSIT 4321—Classroom Assessment
    • MSIT 4325—Disciplinary Literacy

If you have any further questions please contact Dr. Melissa Smith.