Your degree in English Education will prepare you to teach language and literature to high school students.

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English Education

Your degree in English Education will prepare you to teach language and literature to high school students. You will take a number of high-level courses in both teacher education and English language and literature in order to help you develop both subject expertise and the teaching methods needed to share your knowledge.


GWU’s Department of English Language and Literature offers an environment for the intellectually curious. Classes offer lively discussions and person-to-person interactions as we explore interesting topics in rhetoric, language, literature, linguistics, and creative writing. Notable classes in the English Education program include "The Teaching of Writing" and "Language and Literacy through the 21st Century." 


You’ll explore big ideas and meet spiritual challenges. You’ll investigate great works of literature, learning how to interpret and evaluate what you read. You’ll deepen your understanding of history and culture, both other cultures and your own. You’ll discover the history and evolution of the English language, learning what it means to be literate in the 21st Century. You’ll develop skills in critical thinking and effective speaking and writing. You’ll also polish your information skills for successful communication in the digital age.


Your education courses will help you learn how to select texts for your students, set learning goals, teach effectively, and assess your students’ progress. This coursework, along with a successful semester of student teaching, will allow you to obtain a North Carolina teacher licensure for English, grades 9-12.


You’ll get plenty of field experience, opportunities to practice teaching English in real high school classrooms, so when you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped to meet the challenges ahead.


Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honors society for outstanding English major and minors who have completed two or more English courses above 101 and 102, have a GPA of 3.0 (B or better) in all English courses, and have a GPA in the top 1/3 of the entire student body.


Student NC Association of Educators

This student organization helps you develop your professional abilities and provides you with important networking and leadership opportunities.



As an English Education student at GWU, you’ll participate in a semester-long internship, called student teaching, where you will be an apprentice teacher at local public school, working one-on-one with a veteran teacher, and gain experience in a variety of classroom environments.



Upon graduation, you will be prepared to teach English at the high school level in public schools throughout North Carolina and possibly other states, depending on reciprocity agreements in each state.



Recent graduates of the English Education program are currently employed by Kings Mountain High School, Forestview High School, Trinity High School, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.



Dr. Shana V. Hartman

Phone: (704) 406-4482