Department of English

BA in English Teacher Education 7-12 Certification Track

This track of the English degree provides prospective 7-12 teachers a strong academic foundation in English. The curriculum combines English courses in writing, literature, and literary theory with a sequence of pre-internship education courses and field experiences focusing on the theory and practice of teaching.

Students completing the 120-hour degree will have satisfied the USM Core Curriculum and the English Major. Graduates are eligible for recommendation for 7-12 teacher certification in Maine.

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):

  • EYE 108: Culture, Identity and Education (recommended) (3 cr)
  • EDU 100: Exploring Teaching (recommended) (3 cr)
  • College Writing-ENG 100 or ENG 101 (3 cr)
  • Cultural Interpretation-ENG 140 (3 cr)
  • Quantitative Reasoning-MAT 120 (4 cr)
  • Creative Expression (3 cr)
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis-HRD/SBS 200: Multicultural Human Development (3 cr)
  • Science Exploration (4 cr)
  • Ethical Inquiry and Social Responsibility-EDU 310: Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy (recommended) (3 cr)
  • Cluster:
    • EDU 305: Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
    • SED 335: Students with Exceptionalities in General Education
    • SED 420: Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support (9 cr)
  • Capstone–English major senior seminar (3 cr)

English Major Course Requirements:

  • ENG 245: Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits). This course is a preqequisite for ENG 341 and the Capstone Seminar.
  • ENG 220: World Masterpieces I (3 credits)
  • At least one 300- or 400-level Theory course (3 credits)
  • At least one 200-, 300-, or 400-level Writing course (3 credits)
  • Three 300- or 400-level historical period courses, one of which must be before 1800 (9 credits)
  • Capstone Seminar (3 credits) A Capstone seminar is a small class (limited to approximately 15 students) designed to encourage independent thinking, intensive student participation, and in-depth research on topics of the student's choice related to the seminar topic. Typically seminars allow a professor to teach a focused subject of special interest, one on which the professor has done recent research or scholarly writing. Each semester, detailed descriptions of seminars will be published in the English Department's Course Guide. Seminars satisfy the General Education Capstone requirement. Though they may also fulfill requirements under other categories, seminars still count as only 3 credits toward the major requirements.
  • Electives (12 credits or as needed to complete 36 hours in the major). With the help of a faculty advisor, students may choose elective courses that will prepare them for specific goals, such as teaching in secondary schools, applying to graduate school, or pursuing a career in writing.  See the Department website for more information on concentrations.

Professional Education Internship Year Requirements (30 cr)

  • EDU 441: Seminar in Teaching and Learning I (3 cr)
  • EDU 442: Seminar in Teaching and Learning II (3 cr)
  • EDU 402: Methods of Teaching Secondary English (3 cr)
  • EDU 413: Professional Internship in Secondary Education (9 cr)


Students must complete electives to accrue the minimum 120 credit hours required for the degree. For those students interested in teaching at the middle level (grades 6-8), it is recommended that they complete coursework in a second content area (e.g., English, mathematics, life or physical science) to become highly qualified to teach an additional content area. Finally, students should consider taking education courses that will support them to become better teachers including, but not limited to, topics such as literacy, technology, understanding and collaborating with families.

Other Requirements:

Acceptance into the Bachelor of Arts in English Education (7-12) is contingent upon admission to USM and successful completion of the University's writing and mathematics proficiency requirements. Other acceptance criteria include a minimum 3.0 GPA and experience working with children. No more than 60 earned credits can be transferred into the program.

Students must maintain a high level of academic achievement. Minimum academic requirements to remain in the program are as follows:

  • A grade of C or better in all University Core and major coursework.
  • A grade of B or better in all professional education coursework.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Prior to admission to the professional internship year, students must pass the Praxis I and II exams and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the State of Maine Core Teaching Standards.

For the purposes of field placements in schools during the educational cluster and internship year, students are required to complete and show documentation of the fingerprinting process outlined by the Maine Department of Education:

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification concentration by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation website at Passing Praxis I scores, subscription to Tk20, and two recommendation forms are necessary to complete the declaration process.

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience, and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation website: 

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements, including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program. This evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20). 

Students who fail to meet any of the academic or professional requirements of this track of the major must withdraw from this track, though they may still complete all requirements for the B.A. in English without certification.