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English (B.A./B.S.) - English Education Specialization

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Teach students in middle school or high school.

The English major with an English education specialization is designed to prepare the student for a career in high school or middle school teaching. In addition to coursework in English and linguistics, students preparing for careers in secondary education will also complete the required education courses for teacher certification.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy studying literature, literary criticism and language studies.
  • Are a strong reader and writer.
  • Are interested in history and culture, especially as they relate to the study of narrative.
  • Are eager for an intellectual challenge.
  • Are interested in teaching.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Graduate school
  • Youth organization director
  • Counseling or ministry (with additional education)
  • Lawyer (with additional education)

Recent Employers

  • South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa school districts
  • Graduate school

Suggested Accelerated Programs

Clubs and Organizations

  • English Club
  • Oakwood
  • The Collegian
  • Student National Education Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.