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English Secondary Education Major

If you have a passion for literature and can’t help but share the books, ideas and writers that influence you, chances are, you want to become an English teacher. At Fontbonne University, we developed a degree just for you — a Bachelor of Arts degree in English for Secondary Certification. Your home base will be located in the English department, but you’ll be advised and mentored through an interdisciplinary process that includes both English and education faculty, giving you a strong foundation in both areas.

Why English for Secondary Education with Fontbonne?

At other schools, teachers-in-training are often housed within the education department. But at Fontbonne, your background in literature and language will grow alongside your classroom management skills and knowledge of educational philosophy. With our low student-to-teacher ratio, you’ll have plenty of interaction with professors in both disciplines. And as you’re preparing for your student teaching, you’ll receive guidance from our education faculty, who have years of teaching experience in K-12 schools and at the university level.

During your first year as a Fontbonne student, you’ll build a multi-faceted understanding of the language arts. In your sophomore and junior years, you’ll combine academic and professional knowledge with increasing sophistication. And during your last year, you’ll bridge the gap between theory and practice as you complete your requirements as an English major and embark upon student teaching.

And there are plenty of extracurricular activities for you to add to your list of accomplishments while you’re in school. Students are welcome to join the staff of the Fontbanner, the student newspaper, and Chiasma, our literary magazine. You can join Sigma Tau Delta, a national honor society that provides opportunities to compete for scholarships and participate in regional and national conferences.

What Can I Do with My Degree?

You’ll graduate from Fontbonne with the knowledge and experience needed to become a strong, skilled educator, ready to take on your own classroom in a middle or high school. Or, you could become a private tutor, travel overseas as an English as a Second Language instructor, or attend graduate school in order to teach at the college level. Regardless, you’ll become an informed and discerning teacher who will help foster understanding and well-being in your students, your colleagues and your community.

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Questions? Contact Admissions: (314) 889-1400 or (800) 205-5862 | email: fbyou@fontbonne.edu