Secondary English Education (BS)

Learn the proper pedagogy for teaching English for 7–12 grade alongside of a personal study and critique of various forms of literary expression.

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Why Secondary English Education?

The Secondary English program curriculum is designed to develop reflective educators who engage students actively in their own learning and foster critical thinking skills. The curriculum includes three integrated components: a body of general studies to develop a depth in English content knowledge; education courses to align learning theory, curricular design and subject-specific methodology practices in English; and performance-based school placements for applied, contextual practice in a secondary English classroom. Certification includes PA State Secondary English Instructional I (Grades 7-12) as well as Association of Christian Schools International Secondary English (Grades 7-12); certification in Special Education 7-12 and/or TESOL PK-12 may be added on to the secondary English education program.

Why Secondary English Education at Cairn?

  • Navigate diverse literary criticism with a biblical worldview.
  • Earn a BS in Education and a BS in Bible for an additional 21 credits.
  • Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a specific literary time period, writing style, or educational method.
  • Explore education theory and methods courses in the freshman and sophomore years rather than later in the program.
  • Learn from professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision.
  • Complete a Student Teaching assignments in multiple school settings related to your career goals (public or private, suburban or urban).

Career Paths

  • High School English Teacher (Public, Christian, Other Private, International)
  • Middle School English Teacher (Public, Christian, Other Private, International)
  • Instructional Coach
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Special Education 7-12 and/or TESOL K-12 classroom teacher, support personnel, or co-teacher.