Why Study English: Concentration English Education at APSU?
We have dynamic, diverse, and experiences faculty, and graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Professional Education minor at Austin Peay State University are mentored and taught by professors, most of whom hold a doctorate degree in the field. The fact that many of our licensed English teachers are hired by local school districts, oftentimes where they have student taught, speaks for the quality of the students who graduate form our program. We provide excellent student teaching internships in our partner schools (Cheatham County, Dickson County, Montgomery County, Robertson County, Stewart County, and Sumner County) that prepare you for the teaching practice. Our small classes and focus on technological literacies will provide you with many tools for modern and motivating differentiated instruction.
What will I learn?
Students will acquire a knowledge base that includes theories of literacy learning, methods of differentiated reading and writing instruction, adherence to state standards, and selection and teaching of young adult literature. They will learn how to administer reading and writing assessments and target instruction to students' specific needs. Further, they will create a practice edTPA in order to prepare for this final teacher assessment administered by Pearson after their student teaching experience to obtain licensure.
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations in which students can engage are the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Associate for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the International Literacy Association (ILA).
English teacher candidates will experience diverse placements with experiences mentor teachers in middle and high schools in their last two semesters (a 3 1/2 weeks Practicum in their second to last semester and a Student Teaching Internship throughout their last semester). In addition, they will participate in parent/teacher conferences, IEP meetings, teacher trainings, professional development days, district days, etc. to grow professionally and learn about job applications, interviews, etc.
What Do English: English Education Majors Do After Graduation?
You will most likely want to go into middle or high school English education, but there are many other paths that are open to you. What about adding another subject, for example? Candidates who have a secondary endorsement may add another secondary endorsement by passing the required Praxis II exam for the subject area. You could also continue with a Master’s degree once you have obtained your B.A. in English with your teaching licensure, even while you are already working in your teaching job. If you add a PhD, you could go into college-level education. Or, what about an administrative job in the education sector? You could also go overseas to teach English to speakers of other languages. And if you do not find a teaching job right out of college, or notice that teaching is not your dream anymore, your B.A. in English gives you many other job opportunities to hone your skills in writing and literature.
- English Teacher Middle School
- English Teacher High School
- College English Professor
- Other endorsements