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Bachelor of Arts with Teaching Licensure

Checksheet for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Bulletin Years (Revised 9.2018)

Checksheet 2020-2021 and later bulletin years

Department of English

Program requirements may vary depending on when you declared your major.

Please contact Dr. Melissa Smith if you declared before Fall 2020 for the appropriate version.

Important Information and Links for the B.A. in English with Licensure

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.
  • Regular majors must choose a minor; candidates for teaching licensure will complete the requirements for the Teaching and Learning Minor through their Professional Education coursework. (More information at the bottom on this page)
  • Candidates for teaching licensure must take ENGL 4361: Literature for Adolescents as one of their upper-division elective courses.
  • Candidates for teaching licensure must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and 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

  • Click here for a Recommended Program of Study–BA Licensure.  Candidates who follow the suggested program of study will complete, in a timely manner, all necessary coursework and requirements for both Level I and II admission.

During their Sophomore year, candidates should

  • take the Praxis I Reading (test code 5712), Mathematics (test code 5732), and Writing (test code 5722). Information on registration is available at
  •   Arkansas requires the following scores: Reading – 156; Mathematics – 150; and Writing -162.
  • If a student has scored a composite score of 24 or higher on the ACT, then scores of 22 or higher on the Reading and Mathematics subtests may be substituted for the Praxis Core Reading and Math exams.  In lieu of the Writing Test section of the Praxis Core, students may substitute an ACT Combined English/Writing score of 22 as long as the ACT composite score is a 24. If a student did not take the optional Writing Test portion of the ACT, then he or she shall take the Writing Test section of the Praxis Core.
  • apply for Level I admission to the Teacher Education program. More information is available at
  • interview with the Departmental English Education Committee. These interviews are normally conducted around mid-term in both fall and spring semesters.

During the Fall of their Senior year, candidates should

  • Take the Praxis II Subject Area Tests. Candidates for Licensure in English must take “English Language, Literature and Composition: Content and Analysis” (test code 5044) and “Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12” (test code 5624).  Information about registration is available at
  • Apply for Level II admission to the Teacher Education program. More information is available at
  • Take the Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT). This exam is required of all English majors and is administered on campus in November.

Teaching and Learning Minor

The Teaching and Learning minor includes the 20 credit hours of Professional Education coursework listed below. Additionally, students seeking a grades 7-12 teaching license must complete a content methods course (ENGL 4358), Internship I (ENGL 4350) and Internship II (4680/4681), and required English major coursework.  Any student who takes all Professional Education coursework required for the BA with teaching licensure will complete all coursework required for the Teaching and Learning minor.

The following courses are included in the Teaching and Learning Minor:

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

For additional information about the English Education program, please contact Melissa Smith at