Your degree in English Education will prepare you to teach language and literature to high school students.

Bachelor of Arts in English with Teacher Licensure

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The Bachelor of Arts in English with Teacher Licensure degree will prepare you to teach language and literature to high school students. You will take a number of high-level courses in both teacher education and English language and literature in order to help you develop both subject expertise and the teaching methods needed to share your knowledge.

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You’ll explore big ideas and meet spiritual challenges. You’ll investigate great works of literature, learning how to interpret and evaluate what you read. You’ll deepen your understanding of history and culture, both other cultures and your own. You’ll discover the history and evolution of the English language, learning what it means to be literate in the 21st Century. You’ll develop skills in critical thinking and effective speaking and writing. You’ll also polish your information skills for successful communication in the digital age.


As an English Education student at GWU, you’ll participate in a semester-long internship, called student teaching, where you will be an apprentice teacher at a local public school, working one-on-one with a veteran teacher, and gain experience in a variety of classroom environments.


GWU’s Department of English Language and Literature offers an environment for the intellectually curious. Classes offer lively discussions and person-to-person interactions as we explore interesting topics in rhetoric, language, literature, linguistics, and creative writing.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to teach English at the high school level in public schools throughout North Carolina and possibly other states, depending on reciprocity agreements in each state.


Recent graduates of the English Education program are currently employed by Kings Mountain High School, Forestview High School, Trinity High School, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education requirements, the student must complete approximately 15 English Education courses. The professional education minor is required for undergraduate students seeking licensure at the K-12 level.


Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

The Bachelor of Science in English Education requires a minor in Professional Education only for licensure in special subject areas. The minor includes 29 credit hours. Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50 percent of the minor until formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach.


Gardner-Webb does not offer a general education minor.

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