Teaching English

The English Teaching program provides content knowledge, pedagogy, and professional experiences required for teaching literacy in a democratic society. Based on current research and best practices, the English Teaching program integrates the study of language, literature, and media, creating learning communities and supporting teachers as critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and reflective practitioners. Students who successfully complete this concentration and the requirements from the College of Education receive both a B.A. in English teaching and a secondary teaching license (grades 5-12) in English. At the graduate level, the English Teaching program offers advanced theory and pedagogy courses, culminating in an M.A. in teaching. The English Teaching Program is also the home of the Montana Writing Project, which is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of writing at all grade levels and offers a special focus on meeting the state-mandated Indian Education for All.

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

Bachelor of Arts - English; English Teaching Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 42

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


English Core Courses15
Upper Division Lit Courses6
English Teaching courses15
English electives6
Total Hours42

English Core Courses

LIT 110LIntro to Lit3
or CRWR 211A Intro Poetry Workshop
Select two of the following:6
The Environmental Imagination
Literary Histories
Genres, Themes, Approaches
LIT 300Literary Criticism3
LIT 327Shakespeare3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C

Upper Division Requirements

Select two from the following:6
Studies in Literary Forms
U.S. Writers of Color
Lit by & About Native Amer
The American Novel
Voices of the Am Renaissance
Major Author/s
Montana Writers
African American Lit
Asian American Literature
Medieval Lit
British Romanticism
Modern Poetry
Short Fiction
Science Fiction
Lit & Environment
Lit & Other Disciplines
Gay and Lesbian Studies
Literary Approaches to Drama
Special Topics
Literature in Place
Critical Theory
History of Criticism & Theory
Ecocritical Theory & Practice
Studies in Comparative Lit
Special Topics
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

English Teaching methods courses

Note: Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education program prior to enrolling in ENT 440, ENT 441, and ENT 442. Other EDU pre-/co-requisites also apply to ENT 440, ENT 441, and ENT 442.

ENT 439Studies in Young Adult Lit3
ENT 440Teaching Writing3
ENT 441Tchg Rdng & Literature3
ENT 442Tchg Oral Lang & Media Lit3
LING 465Structure & History of English3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

English electives

Rule: Complete two courses (6 credits) in ENT, LIT, CRWR, FILM, IRSH, or WRIT (above WRIT 101 College Writing I)

Minimum Required Grade: C-

6 Total Credits Required

Teaching Licensure Requirements

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information.