Do you love English and teenagers?

Do you feel called to teach?

Like William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not about filling a bucket; it’s about lighting a fire.”

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education prepares one for certification in English Education for teaching in grades 6 – 12. 12-18 year olds are at a unique place in their lives, when their brains are developing abstract reasoning and when they are discovering their passions and niches. As an English teacher, you could be the match to ignite a fire in a student’s heart to pursue that as their own career, or to just learn how to love learning. A good teacher in middle and high school can change the trajectory of a child’s life.

Calling + Passion

Teaching is not for the faint of heart. It requires tenacity, integrity, and perseverance. It demands a compassionate heart, willing mind, and competent hands. It requires passion, intelligence, and, most importantly, a calling. Teaching is its own form of ministry, and it must come from the fire God lights in your heart, rather than outside pressures or persuasion. Teaching is more than a job; it is a calling because it involves the difficult and rewarding
challenge of helping students become better people. The professors at OKWU encourage students to find their passion. If you love teenagers, and the thought of teaching punctuation, metaphors, rhetoric, and logic appeals to you, then the English Education major is definitely for you.

The curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Department of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses, and specialized English courses.

Real-life Experience

One special thing about OKWU’s Education program is the amount of real-life practice we afford students. These hands-on experience gives students the opportunity to start early, even as early as their first freshman semester. From field-observations to practicums, every lesson is designed to equip teachers to be most effective in their field. The capstone for this degree is one semester of student teaching in an upper-level classroom under the supervision of a certified teacher at a local school.

Some of the classes an English Education major will take include:

  • Conversational Spanish
  • Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • English and American Literature
  • Creative Writing (Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry)
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Classroom Management… and more!

Building Effective Educators with a Christian Perspective with TOWER

T – Theory-Based Practices
O – On-Site Experiences
W – World View
E – Expertise in Content
R – Reflective Teaching

Everything we do revolves around our four pillars of OKWU’s mission: The Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom. Our graduates encapsulate these values and are thoroughly equipped to pass them on to the next generation.

School of Education and School of Arts & Sciences Faculty

Click here to learn about the faculty members teaching the next generation of teachers.

English Education Degree Plan

Click here to go to the OKWU course catalog, which outlines course descriptions, teacher certification requirements, and degree plans for all majors. Information about the School of Education begins on page 128, and the English education degree plan begins on page 151.