University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

English Teaching Minor

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 option and the requirements from the College of Education receive a secondary teaching license (grades 5-12) 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.


  • This minor contains requirements designed to meet state standards. Those interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete the teaching concentration of a major in a teaching content area plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Additional teaching areas can be added through completion of the education/teaching concentration of a major or education/teaching minor in that content area.
  • To complete this minor, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. Approvals for this track must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.
  • Individuals completing this minor must also complete the education/teaching concentration of a major in another content area.

Minor in English Teaching


Core Courses15
Upper-Division Literature Courses6
English Teaching Courses15
Total Hours36

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

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

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-

Teaching English Courses

Note: Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education program prior to enrolling in the ENT courses listed below. Other EDU pre-/co-requisites also apply.

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-

Teaching English Track 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