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Northwest Missouri State University

B.S.Ed. English

The primary purpose of the B.S.Ed. degree is to create a teacher of English at the high or middle school level. If you're thinking of teaching high school English, this is the degree for you. B.S.Ed. students take courses which hone their writing and language skills while also learning how to pass on those skills to their future students. Students are also required to specialize in a genre and period of literature through completing focused courses. Northwest has been providing the country with generations of excellent educators for the last hundred years, and we are committed to building on that success with new and diverse courses and programs.

The Bachelor of Science in Education in English (a 39-hour program) and the Comprehensive Bachelor of Science in Education in English (a 55-hour program) prepare teachers of English. Both degree programs provide extensive writing experience, familiarity with the full range of American and British literature, knowledge of traditional and modern grammars, rhetorical theory and history of the English language. The B.S.Ed. in English requires a minor. The Comprehensive B.S.Ed. in English does not require a minor. Either major, when completed with the requirements of the B.S.Ed. Secondary Program, meets Missouri secondary school English teaching certification standards.

Transfer students must also write an acceptable supervised essay administered by the department.

Required Courses for English
B.S.Ed. Degree, 39 hours; Minor required

Course No.

Course Name


Core Requirements 18
Engl 10-233
American Literature: Beginnings to 1865 3
Engl 10-234
American Literature: 1865 to the Present 3
Engl 10-245
English Literature: Beowulf through the 18th Century 3
Engl 10-246 English Literature: Romantics to the Present 3
Engl 10-372
Introduction to Shakespeare 3
Engl 10-410 
Professional Portfolio Preparation 3
English Requirements 21
Engl 10-322
Introduction to the Teaching of Writing 3
Engl 10-404
Schoolhouse Grammars and Pedagogy 3
Engl 10-501
Writing, Language, and Pedagogy 3
Engl 10-590
Young Adult Literature 3
Approved literature courses numbered 300 or above 6

One course from: 3
Engl 10-210 Introduction to Creative Writing
Engl 10-311
Advanced Composition  
 Total Hours

*Students pursuing this degree may take either all four survey courses listed under English Core Requirements (ENGL 10-233, 10-234, 10-245, 10-246) or may take three of those survey courses and one of either ENGL 10-224 Multiethnic Literature of the United States or ENGL 10-226 Modern and Contemporary World Literature.

Eng 10-580 Methods in Secondary School English must be completed as part of the professional education requirements. This major, when completed under the B.S.Ed. Secondary Program, meets Missouri secondary school English teaching certification standards.