"My English degree is the foundation of my career. If you can write, you can do anything."
~ Jimmy Daly
"My professors taught me how to think creatively, read analytically and write persuasively. "
~ Michael A. Iannucci
"My PhD studies at UD provided a solid background in literature and honed my critical skills for my own writing."
~ Catherine Carter
"I made lifelong friends and I got my butt kicked intellectually. I’m eternally grateful for both."
~ Alexander Long
"The friendship and support of my mentors helped me to grow tremendously as a writer."
~ Erinn Batykefer
"I became an Assistant Editor in less than two years with my English degree."
~ Rachel A. Gearhart
"I use my English degree to advocate for my clients. The program helped me become a better writer & thinker."
~ Mary Akhimien
"I honed my writing & research on diverse issues of the human condition, focusing on ethics and civic justice."
~ Brian Byrd
"An education in the humanities helps to render the world into a language that is profound, mysterious & complex."
~ Rachel Eliza Griffiths
"My internships & editorial work at UD prepared me for a challenging but ever-rewarding career as a reporter."
~ Wallace McKelvey
"My job demands perfection when it comes to grammar, accuracy and objectivity, and it needs to happen fast."
~ Matt O'Donnell
"I found my passion for counseling students and helping them stay on track to attend college."
~ Sara Linton
"I got a great job teaching 9th grade English and film studies and will soon pursue my master's degree."
~ Kelly Emery
"Taking a variety of English courses allowed me to master and teach the modes of discourse to my own students."
~ Danielle Allen
"I secured my job prior to graduation at a UD teacher job fair. "
~ Melissa Paparozzi
The English Education major at the University of Delaware is an NCATE-accredited program for students interested in teaching English in secondary schools (grades 7-12). At UD, the secondary English Education major is housed within the Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences. Upon completion of the coursework, Praxis tests, and student teaching, students will have the necessary requirements for licensure in Delaware and other states that have comparable requirements.
The UD English Education program is a four-year undergraduate major and is distinguished by a strong faculty and a rigorous program of study. All three full-time English Education faculty are committed to equity-oriented teaching and scholarship; they have won awards honoring their excellence in mentoring as well as their research accomplishments. All English Education faculty conduct research that looks at relationships between teachers and students. We examine connections between the teaching of literacy and race/ethnicity and social class: recently, one faculty member studied conversations about racism in a middle school classroom; another studied student and teacher retention in diverse school districts; and another studied the writing of teachers and students in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Our program is designed to prepare students to teach adolescents with cultural awareness, adaptability, and relevance. Our first commitment is to prepare future teacher professionals of quality so that they can reach every adolescent. Second, our program prepares students with a broad and deep knowledge of English language and literature and pedagogy. Students take courses in writing, linguistics, oral language, a wide range of literature in various genres, adolescent development, diversity, and methods of teaching English.
Students completing our program are eligible for certification as a secondary school English teacher in Delaware; other states may require additional coursework. UD students wishing to teach in states other than Delaware should research the certification requirements of the state(s) of interest. Please be aware that states often offer a probationary license for one year to anyone graduating from a secondary education program with the understanding that the individual will have to complete the additional requirements within one calendar year. See, for example, The Pennsylvania Department of Education, New Jersey Licensure & Credentials, New York State Education Department Certification, and Maryland State Department of Education Certification.
Our students have been extremely successful in finding teaching positions immediately following graduation. Students receive job counseling and pre-professional preparation as part of the program and through various job fairs on and off campus.
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