The role of an English teacher extends beyond teaching students reading and writing. In the high school setting, you must help students analyze written works and encourage them to share their opinions, which builds their critical-thinking and communication skills as they prepare to enter the real world. Get the education and skills you need to impact students’ lives while you cultivate your love for literature, with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Central Missouri. Let UCM’s Secondary Education program, which offers English Education, put you and your future students on the path to success.
A traditional English Teacher degree program with a modern curriculum
English education has evolved greatly over the years. It’s no longer just about composition and grammar. Instead, an English teacher is responsible for educating and guiding students in today’s literacies, including digital and multimedia literacy.
When you begin your English Teacher degree with UCM, you are choosing a long-established and traditional four-year program that provides a modern curriculum. UCM’s English Education program will help you engage and prepare students, as well as foster a literate society.
Dr. Amanda Brewer
Department of Educational Foundations and Literacy
100% job placement rate
Grades 9 to 12 teaching certification
Small classes for personal instruction
Long-standing CAEP accreditation
Multiple field experiences
Education and English student orgs
Your journey to become an English teacher will begin in classes held on our Warrensburg campus. You’ll complete half of your coursework in UCM’s College of Education, where you’ll be established as a student of our Secondary Education program. The other half will be specific to the English concentration and fall under UCM’s School of English and Philosophy.
Popular courses for UCM’s English Teacher degree
Among the wide variety of topics you’ll explore, students often tell us they enjoy these UCM English Education courses:
All courses are taught by current and former English teachers who understand the challenges and triumphs ahead of you. After completing your English Teacher degree from UCM, you’ll be ready to take the state certification exam for teaching grades 9 through 12.
Your coursework to become an English teacher will offer hands-on experience in multiple aspects of teaching and classroom management. Still, at the University of Central Missouri, we know a sizable portion of your learning happens outside of our classrooms. Your opportunities include:
Because English courses are required for high school students, English teachers are always in demand. In fact, the recent job placement rate has been 100% for students who graduated with UCM’s Secondary Education degree for English Education.
UCM’s proximity to Kansas City means that many graduates teach grades 9 to 12 there, or you may prefer one of Missouri’s smaller school districts.
Understanding your opportunities as an English teacher
To get a head start in understanding what the current job market offers, we’ve provided the interactive tool below.
The University of Central Missouri is committed to maintaining affordable rates for our students. Our average tuition cost is less than many other four-year colleges across the country. Still, investing in your education is an investment in your future as an English teacher.
What resources are available to you?
To help finance your education, UCM offers information on loans, grants and work study opportunities. Scholarships are also available to students pursuing an English Teacher degree. These include:
Learn more about these program scholarships, as well as those available through UCM or its College of Education, using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Take your degree further.
If you decide to continue at UCM for graduate education, your BSE degree in English provides a good foundation for these master’s programs:
Make yourself more marketable.
Hone your writing skills or understand student behavior when you choose one of the following UCM minors, among others:
Explore programs related to English teaching.
If you have an interest in teaching, you may also want to explore these UCM bachelor’s degrees:
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