BA English (Secondary Education)


Inspire the minds of future leaders by teaching English at the high school level. Leading education scholars mentor you in methods of teaching English, which you put to use during professional field experiences and student teaching, preparing you for certification in the state of Arizona.

Program Description

The BA in English with a concentration in secondary education focuses on rigorous content in literature, composition, linguistics and secondary teaching pedagogy. This program provides extensive preparation for meeting the needs of all student populations, including attention to levels of academic performance and cultural and linguistic diversity.

Students finish the program with Arizona Department of Education certification for middle and high school English language arts. Both a fingerprint clearance and a background check are required in the second year of the program.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.



Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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Career Outlook

Students graduating with a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in secondary education have tremendous opportunities for employment. With more than one million students in a state ranked seventh in the nation in population growth, the need for certified teachers in Arizona is self-evident. Arizona State University provides more of those teachers than any other institution of higher education.

In the last 15 years, ASU graduates have had their pick of teaching jobs around the valley and around the state. After student teaching in school districts in the greater Phoenix area or within one of the 22 Native American nations in the state, graduates are often hired to teach in the same school in which they completed their internship.

New teachers continue to be in demand because the predicted rate of population growth in Arizona is still strong and the retirement rate of teachers is increasing.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

College/University Professor


  • Growth: 2.0%
  • Median Salary*: $71,950

Communications Specialist


  • Growth: -2.3%
  • Median Salary*: $67,120

Editor


  • Growth: -7.3%
  • Median Salary*: $63,400

English Professor


  • Growth: 2.1%
  • Median Salary*: $69,000

Freelance Writer


  • Growth: -2.3%
  • Median Salary*: $67,120

GED Instructor


  • Growth: -10.4%
  • Median Salary*: $55,350

High School Teacher


  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $62,870

Production Assistant


  • Growth: 8.1%
  • Median Salary*: $49,730
  Bright Outlook

Public Relations Specialist


  • Growth: 7.2%
  • Median Salary*: $62,810
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Technical Writer


  • Growth: 7.4%
  • Median Salary*: $74,650
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



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Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu





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