English Teaching Major B.A.

English Teaching Major B.A.

English teaching major

Shaping skilled English educators through creativity and real-world experience

Shaping skilled English educators through creativity and real-world experience

Inspire others to share your love of reading and writing with our English Teaching program. Considered one of the region’s best, our program gives you the tools, guidance and real-world experience for a rewarding career in English education.

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.

Our five-year Accelerated Master’s option allows you to work on requirements for your Master of Arts in Teaching degree while still in the bachelor’s program. You’ll spend the fifth year interning at an area school, preparing you to become state-certified to teach English Language Arts.

Combine your passion for reading and writing with theories of learning and teaching literacy—leading you to a career helping students develop the skills they need for a lifetime of learning.


Curriculum & Requirements

All English Teaching majors must complete 10 courses (40 credits). Six of 10 courses must be at the 600-level or above. The English Teaching major prepares prospective teachers of middle- and high-school English (grades 5-12). This degree does not provide state certification. Students who wish to be certified must apply for admission to graduate study within the Education Department. Certification requires an additional year of course work and internship at the graduate level. Most, or all, of the graduate coursework and internship may be completed in the 12 months following completion of the B.A. in English Teaching.

  • All prospective English Teaching majors should enroll in EDUC 500 Exploring Teaching as early as possible.
  • ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysis must be completed with a minimum grade of C. All other major courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.
  • English Teaching majors must have a 2.5 GPA in the following program requirements:

Program Requirements

ENGL 419Introduction to Literary Analysis4
ENGL 514WBritish Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations 14
ENGL 516American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved 14
Select an additional 500/600/700-level English course4
Select two literature courses 600/700 level8
ENGL 657Shakespeare4
ENGL 710Teaching Writing4
ENGL 791English Grammar4
ENGL 792Teaching Literature and Literacy4
Total Credits40

Diversity Requirement

In addition, students must take one course that focuses on diversity in race, ethnicity, religion, gender or class, and theories concerning them. This course may count toward the ten courses described above. Consult with your advisor about other courses that may fulfill this requirement.

The following are examples of courses which fulfill the Diversity requirement:4
Introduction to African American Literature and Culture
Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English
Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century
Special Topics in Literature
Women's Literary Traditions
Topics in Asian American Studies
American Indian Literature
Indigenous New England
Special Studies in Literature (Jewish American Writers)

Capstone Requirement

Select one of the following 24
One 700-level English course
Special Studies in Literature

Combine the English Teaching major with UNH's renowned MAT, taken at the Manchester campus, and in five years students can be state certified to teach English and Language Arts. With the five-year master's option, students can apply 12 undergraduate credits to the advanced degree. The English Teaching major includes courses that will introduce students to the Common Core Standards, a nationwide effort now transforming K-12 education.

For more information about the English Teaching program, contact Susanne Paterson, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, at  susanne.paterson@unh.edu or the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150, unhm.admissions@unh.edu.

Explore Program Details

Our teaching preparation program is one of the region’s most highly regarded, so the skills and experience you’ll gain while pursuing your degree will open many doors for your future.

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. And the need for educators with master’s degrees is even higher, with an estimated 6 percent growth rate through 2024.

An English teaching degree doesn’t restrict you to the classroom — the interpersonal and communication skills you’ll gain are valuable to employers in a range of industries.

Job Title Job Growth Average Salary
Adult Literacy or High School Equivalency Diploma Teacher 7% $50,280
High School Teacher 6% $57,200
Instructional Coordinator 7% $62,270
Middle School Teacher 6% $55,860
School Guidance or Career Counselor 8% $53,660
Social or Community Service Manager 10% $63,530
Writer or Author 2% $60,250

Learn more about career planning

Jumpstart your career after graduation with our accelerated master’s program, allowing you to earn your bachelor’s in English teaching and UNH’s renowned Master of Arts in Teaching 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.

Education Minor

Explore the core theories of teaching in our education minor, allowing you to build the skills to inspire others to share your love of learning.


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