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You enjoy words. You can usually be found with a book or two wherever you go. You tend to think extensively about what you read: the characters, setting, and plot come alive in your imagination. You also thoroughly enjoy sharing what you love. You like to explain concepts and help others. As you grew up, you most likely enjoyed school and perhaps even offered yourself as a tutor or teacher's helper, even becoming a teacher cadet.

If this describes you, then the English language arts secondary education degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's English Department and Secondary Education Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as an English teacher.

Major Description 


As an English secondary education major at NGU, you will spend much of your time studying English grammar, composing essays, reading stories, analyzing literature, creating fiction, and teaching others. You will learn about English grammar basics, literary theory, elements of composition, teaching techniques, and classroom management, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own teaching.

By your senior year, you will have mastered the following: grammar, literature, composition, and teaching. You will have created an extensive unit plan in your capstone education course, ELA Methods, and compiled a comprehensive collection of your work in the English discipline in your capstone English course, Senior Seminar, making you solidly prepared for successful work after graduation.

Ultimately, the English language arts secondary education degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of teaching pursuits.



The curriculum for the English Department at NGU breaks down into two main categories. English majors at NGU may choose the Bachelor of Arts in English or the bachelor’s in English language arts secondary education. The English degree equips students to enter graduate school or an English-related profession, such as copywriting and editing, while the English language arts degree prepares students to teach high school English. Both majors expose students to a wide range of courses, including cultural identity studies, literary masterpieces, and upper-level writing. In addition, among other requirements, English education majors complete various education courses and 100 hours of field experience to help prepare them to teach English at the high school level.

Students in any of the five secondary education majors at NGU will receive a comprehensive program of study that is based on current best practices of educational theory. The program is divided into five specific subjects: English language arts, mathematics, music, social studies, and Spanish. Each subject area is aligned to provide courses that lead to teacher certification in your chosen area.

Faculty Strengths


All English Department faculty members hold advanced degrees (either a master's degree or a doctorate) in English, with special emphasis on various aspects of American and British literature, including Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism.

English faculty members also encourage students to investigate the impact of the Christian worldview on literary study and writing, and they model practical ways to successfully integrate faith within the discipline and the student's chosen vocation.

Additionally, faculty members within the Secondary Education Department are experienced professionals who have taught in both the public school setting and at the university level. Members bring a diverse and personal approach to their teaching.

Tracks / Concentrations


There are no tracks or concentrations for this major available at this time.




At NGU, we offer minors to complement your major. Each minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours, which in some cases may even be used to meet the elective requirements for your major. View the full list of minors.




Cultural identity literature elective options:

  • African American Literature
  • Asian American Literature
  • Christian Themes in Literature
  • Contemporary Southern Novels
  • Literature and Film
  • Short Stories
  • Studies in Appalachian Literature
  • Study of American Folklore
  • The Literature of the American South
  • The Teaching of English as a Second Language
  • Women in Literature

Literary masterpieces elective options:

  • Chaucer and the Medieval Period
  • Christian Classics
  • Great Books
  • Milton and the 17th Century
  • Modern American Literature
  • Modern British Literature
  • Modern Drama
  • Modern Poetry
  • Shakespeare's Comedies and History Plays
  • The American Novel
  • The British Novel
  • The Romantic Period
  • The Victorian Period
  • World Literature I
  • World Literature II

English language elective options:

  • History of the English Language
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • The Teaching of English as a Second Language






Career Opportunities


  • Children's Ministry Worker
  • High School Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Private School English Teacher
  • Public School English Teacher


Postgraduate Studies


  • North Greenville University
  • California Baptist University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • North Carolina State University
  • The University of Southern Mississippi

Potential Employers


  • Abundant Life Christian School
  • Anderson High School
  • Blue Ridge High School
  • Catlin High School
  • Chapman High School
  • Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Landrum High School
  • Latta High School
  • North Carolina State University
  • Newberry High School
  • Wade Hampton High School
  • Wando High School
  • Westside High School


Learning Experience

Field Placement

Field placement experiences offer students opportunities to observe and participate in practical, real-world settings. Students teach lessons in the public schools during their field placements. These lessons are critiqued by mentors who are experts in their field of study. 


In-class activities develop students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. An emphasis is placed on transferring theory into practice.  

Lesson Planning

Students learn to create lesson plans for their field placements in the public schools. 

Student Teaching

During the final semester before graduation, you will be in a public school every day. During student teaching, our students observe their cooperating teacher; create lessons; complete demographic studies about the school, students, and the community and the ways these entities interact; and teach classes. You will be evaluated on your teaching and receive feedback on your teaching experiences.

Courses & Resources


First Year Experience (1 hour)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Biological Science (4 hours)
Health and Wellness (2 hours)
Introduction to Education (2 hours)
Introduction to the History of Music and Art (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Modern Language (second semester) (3 hours)
Foundations of Reading (3 hours)
Physical Science (4 hours)
Western Civilization to 1715 (3 hours)
Foundations of Education (2 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.



Multicultural Literature (3 hours)
Adolescent Psychology (3 hours)
Modern Language (Third semester) (3 hours)
British Literature I (3 hours)
American Literature I (3 hours)
Advanced Grammar (3 hours)
Math (3 hours)
Modern Language (fourth semester) (3 hours)
American Literature II (3 hours)
Integration of Technology (2 hours)
British Literature II (3 hours)
Educational Psychology (4 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.



Literary Theory (3 hours)
Literary Research (3 hours)
Shakespeare's Tragedies (3 hours)
Classroom Management (3 hours)
Curriculum Development (2 hours)
Exceptional Learner (3 hours)
Young Adult Literature (3 hours)
Introduction to Composition Theory (3 hours)
Cultural identity literature elective (3 hours)
ELA Methods (3 hours)
Upper-level literary masterpieces elective (3 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.



Western Civilization Since 1715 (3 hours)
Senior Seminar (3 hours)
English Language Elective (3 hours)
Reading in the Content Area (3 hours)
World Religions (3 hours)
Directed Student Teaching (12 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.


Program Objectives


  • Analyze literature using both sound literary terms and noteworthy literary theories.
  • Explain the intricacies of English grammar.
  • Create a variety of original and successful compositions.
  • Evaluate educational scenarios, choosing appropriate teaching techniques and classroom management strategies.
  • Instruct students in the three main disciplines of teaching English: grammar, literature, and composition.


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