University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

English B.A. - 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. The program creates learning communities and supports 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 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 English. 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. Graduates of the program have become Montana Teachers of the Year and National Board of Certified Teachers.

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the non-teaching track 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; Teaching English Concentration

General Education Requirements

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


English Core Courses15
Upper-Division Literature Courses6
English Teaching Courses15
English Electives6
Modern & Classical Language Requirement4-8
Total Hours46-50

Degree Specific Credits: 46-50

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

English Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
LIT 110LIntroduction to Literature3
or CRWR 211A Introductory Poetry Workshop
LIT 300Literary Criticism3
LIT 327LShakespeare3
Complete two of the following courses:6
Literary Histories
Genres, Themes, Approaches
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Literature Courses

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-

English Teaching Courses

Note: Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education program prior to enrolling in ENT 440, ENT 445, and ENT 442. Other EDU pre-/co-requisites also apply to ENT 440, ENT 445, and ENT 442.

Complete all of the following courses:
ENT 439Studies in Young Adult Literature3
ENT 440Teaching Writing in Secondary School3
ENT 442Teaching Oral Language & Media Literature3
ENT 445Teaching Reading, & Literature3
Complete one of the following courses:3
Intro to Linguistics
Structure & History of English
Linguistic Analysis
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

English Electives

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Modern & Classical Language Requirement

Note: Students need to take one year (two semesters) of a modern or classical language or exemplify proficiency through examination (available through the Modern and Classical Languages and Literature Department).

Complete the first year-level proficiency in either a modern or classical language other than English.4-8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach English, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department