About this program
Turn your passion for reading and writing into a career that guides others into finding their voice.
The English Teaching program at UNH Manchester offers you the opportunity to combine your passion for reading and writing with solid understandings about learning and teaching literacy. Our teaching preparation program is considered one of the region’s best, and our English Teaching major brings you to its door—and to a career that helps today’s students develop the reading, thinking and communication skills they need for a lifetime of learning.
Our faculty are not only master teachers, but thoughtful advisors and mentors to those who see themselves as educators. They offer a diverse spectrum of expertise—from Shakespeare to African literature, from 21st century journalism to deep knowledge of standards-based literacy education.
By choosing the Accelerated Master’s option at UNH Manchester, before you even finish your Bachelor’s in English Teaching degree, you can work on requirements for your Master of Arts in Teaching degree. You’ll spend the fifth year interning at an area school, preparing you to become state-certified to teach English Language Arts (ELA).
While over 90 percent of our Master’s degree graduates go on to teach in schools, many other career opportunities are available, including: marketing, academic advising, textbook writing, online editing and more.
Program of Study
For the English Teaching major at UNH Manchester, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University’s Discovery Program and foreign language requirements and a minimum of 40 credits in major coursework. Introduction to Critical Analysis (ENGL 419) must be completed with a grade of C or better. Except for ENGL 419, all courses must be completed with a grade of C- or above in order to count toward the major.
ENGL 419, Introduction to Critical Analysis
ENGL 514, Survey of British Literature, 1800-President
ENGL 516, Survey of American Literature, Civil War to Present
An additional 500/600/700 level English course
Two literature courses 600/700 level
ENGL 657, Shakespeare
ENGL 710, Teaching Writing
ENGL 791, English Grammar
ENGL 792, Teaching Secondary School English
To jumpstart your career after graduation, you can enter the Accelerated Master’s Program and earn your BA in English Teaching and UNH’s renowned Master of Arts in Teaching, taken at the Manchester campus, in just five years. You’ll be state-certified to teach English Language Arts, and 94 percent of our students go on to teach after completing their graduate degree.
Over 90 percent of graduates from UNH’s teaching program were rated by principals as “very good or excellent” in their knowledge of subject area. With an English Teaching degree from UNH Manchester, you will develop a solid understanding about learner-centered teaching.
Master’s program requirements* include:
- Twelve 700-level course credits will transfer into the graduate program
- The fifth year is spent completing a full-time classroom internship (12 credits)
- A total of 32 credits are required to complete a master’s degree
Who Should Study English Teaching?
Does talking or teaching about literature, reading and writing come naturally to you? Are you excited in class to offer an insight, solve a literary problem or pose questions? Do you find yourself viewing research projects as puzzles to be solved?
If so, English Teaching can put that passion and intellect in action. Our English Teaching major is the first step in developing a learner-centered approach to teaching. You will learn not only about the “content” of literacy, but also how it is learned and taught. We can help you develop the knowledge and skills to guide learners in the application of thinking and communication skills within and beyond their school years.
Even if the classroom is not in your future, what you learn in the major translates to many careers—library science, communication arts, business writing and more. Our goal is to build foundational skills so you are ready to address the communication challenges of a wide range of fields.
Why Study English Teaching?
The most recent issue in our nation’s education system is adjusting our sights to developing learners—not just “covering” content. This means, before you enter a teaching role, you will need to understand the pedagogical “shifts” changing today’s classrooms.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recognizes the important role teaching plays in our economic future. Teaching positions are projected to grow through the beginning of the next decade—especially in middle school. The need for educators with master’s degrees will enjoy a 19 percent growth rate.
But an English Teaching degree doesn’t restrict you to the classroom. Many popular career paths benefit from the unique foundation you’ll receive, project positive growth:
- Social Worker – 19%
- Technical Writer – 15%
- Instructional Coordinator – 13%
- School and Career Counselor – 12%
- Adult Literacy Teacher – 9%
At UNH Manchester, your degree work will be done in one of the region’s most highly regarded teaching preparation programs. Not only will you gain the foundational knowledge to make effective instructional decisions and continue to develop understandings about your discipline, you will also discover what it means to be a learner-centered instructor. A year-long internship at the graduate level will give you valuable hands-on classroom experience—important preparation for your career in teaching.
Whether or not classroom teaching is your goal, your work in the English Teaching and Master’s in Teaching programs opens many doors for your future.
- Academic Advisor
- Adult Education Teacher
- Career Counselor
- Educational Consultant
- English-as-a-Second-Language Educator
- Grant Writer
- Human Resources Specialist
- In-house Marketing Professional
- Instructional Coordinator
- Private Tutor
- Social Worker
- Technical Writer
- Textbook Author
- Training Director
- Youth Organization Administrator
- Library Sciences
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ENGL 400 - English as a Second Language
ENGL 401 - Freshman English
ENGL 401A - Freshman English for English as a Second Language Students
ENGL 419 - Introduction to Critical Analysis
ENGL 500 - Writing about Reading: Writing about Nonfiction
ENGL 501 - Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 502 - Professional and Technical Writing
ENGL 503 - Persuasive Writing
ENGL 511 - Major Writers in English
In-depth study and discussion of a few American and/or British writers. Topics and approaches vary depending on instructors. Writing intensive.
This summer the course focuses on novels by Toni Morrison, an American writer who won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature.
ENGL 512 - The Nature Writers
ENGL 513 - Survey of British Literature II
ENGL 514 - Survey of British Literature
ENGL 515 - Survey of American Literature
ENGL 516 - Survey of American Literature
ENGL 517 - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture
ENGL 526 - Beginning Fiction Writing: From Personal Experience to Fiction
ENGL 531 - Introduction to Drama
ENGL 534 - 21st Century Journalism: How the News Works
ENGL 581 - Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English
Survey of contemporary Asian, African, and Caribbean fiction, drama, nonfiction, film, and poetry from the 1950s to the present. Introduces the political, cultural, and historical contexts within which these literary forms are produced. Key questions to be explored: What does it mean to be "colonized" and to be a "colonizer"? How are identities and values determined and maintained under colonial and postcolonial conditions? What effects do colonization and independence have on the traditions and relationships that define reality, freedom, family, gender, and community? How does this literature portray the ideas and feelings of alienation, belonging, and "home"?
Meets the Diversity requirement for the English Major
ENGL 595 - Literary Topics
ENGL 608 - Arts and American Society: Women Writers & Artists 1850-Present
ENGL 619 - Critical Approaches Literature
ENGL 623 - Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 627-628 - Writing Poetry
ENGL 632 - Fiction
ENGL 650 - Studies in American Literature and Culture
ENGL 657 - Shakespeare
ENGL 685 - Women's Literary Traditions
ENGL 685W - Women's Literary Traditions
ENGL 710 - Teaching Writing
ENGL 716 - Curriculum, Materials, and Assessments in English as a Second Language
ENGL 742 - American Literature, 1815-1865
ENGL 743 - American Literature, 1865-1915
ENGL 744 - American Literature, 1915-1945
ENGL 745 - Contemporary American Literature
ENGL 750 - Special Studies/American Literature
ENGL 768 - Literature of the Later Eighteenth Century
ENGL 771 - English Victorian Period
ENGL 772 - English Victorian Period
ENGL 773-774 - British Literature of the 20th Century
ENGL 780 - Drama of Shakespeare's Contemporaries
ENGL 791 - English Grammar
ENGL 792 - Teaching Secondary School English
ENGL 795 - Independent Study