English, Teaching Credential Track, BA

English, Teaching Credential Track, BA

Is teaching your passion? We offer a joint BA in English and a high school teaching credential in four years. Or, if you want to continue your studies, you can get a BA in English and a Masters in Teaching in five years. Either way, you 'll get to read, analyze and write about great literature with our amazing English faculty, learn from the experts in the Kalmanovitz School of Education, and then start sharing that knowledge with high school students in a job straight out of college. 

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Upon successful completion of the English Program, students will be able to...

  • Engage in informed, active reading, bringing to bear a broad base of literary, historical and cultural knowledge.
  • Read critically a wide range of literary texts, with an awareness of the theoretical assumptions behind various interpretive strategies, and the ability to choose appropriate methods of inquiry and to formulate clear questions.
  • Apply a variety of reading strategies, combining critical detachment with the intellectual, imaginative, and emotional engagement necessary for appreciation.
  • Write clear, well-reasoned prose for a variety of situations (academic, professional, social) for a variety of audiences and support their arguments with appropriate, thoughtfully analyzed evidence.
  • Converse articulately about texts and interpretations, understanding that interpretation is often a dialogic, collaborative process.

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Amanda Benson

The faculty at Saint Mary's definitely changed my life. There was a lot of support that I don't think I would have found in a larger college setting. They grew to know me and what I was capable of. I felt like there was a definite kinship that developed where, however much effort I gave in my classes, my teachers were also supporting my goals.

Amanda Benson '06

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