Secondary English Education

Bachelor of Science126 credits

  1. Prepare content and qualified college graduates to receive PA state certification to teach English and English-related subjects in private secondary schools, grades 7-12.
  2. Offer a curriculum that integrates the development of professional skills in the English language and teaching with development of a Christian world view that includes knowledge of the Bible, Christian thought, and personal spiritual development.
  3. Prepare individuals to continue professional development and pursue graduate level education.
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  1. Students will communicate effectively, orally and in writing, for a diverse audience within educational settings.
  2. Students will access, evaluate, and utilize current educational research and literature based on knowledge of best practices and academic standards.
  3. Students will establish and maintain professional demeanor and relationships with students, colleagues, parents, and supervisors in educational settings.
  4. Students will articulate a philosophy of education that is consistent with a Christian worldview and integrate Christian principles into professional practice.
  5. Students will design, implement, and reflect upon instruction that is aligned with best practices and academic standards and that meets the educational needs of diverse learners.
Course Code
Course Name
U.S. History
3 cr
Math Course
6 cr
Physical Education Courses
2 cr
Science Course
3 cr
44 credits

*Counts also Bible credits

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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BIB 103 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation 3 credits

A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools. Only required for non-ministry majors.

CMS 233 Educational Technology 3 credits

This course provides an in-depth examination of technology used in the educational setting. Included are digital media applications, along with projected, non-projected and audio media. The integration of media into the lesson planning process is a crucial component of the course.

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

EDU 113 Adolescent Development 3 credits

This course examines the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the adolescent’s cognitive, social, sexual, emotional, and moral development. Through course readings, class discussions, and student assignments, students will apply knowledge of adolescent development to professional settings in the U.S. (i.e., school, classroom, NGO, and/or church).

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research. A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

HIS 233 U.S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243 U.S. History – Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, etc. No prerequisites required.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credits

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233 A/G Doctrine and History 3 credits

A study of Assemblies of God antecedents, history, government, doctrinal emphases, distinctives, and missions.

EDU 263 Principles of Adolescent Education 3 credits

A study of the social, philosophical, and historical foundations of education with special emphasis on the application to contemporary educational settings and issues. The course requires a practicum and a practicum journal.

EDU 340 Methods of Teaching ELL 3 credits

This is an introductory course in bilingual/multicultural/ELL education. This course will focus on methods of developing lesson plans in language arts, science, math, social studies, and the arts for the English Language Learner (ELL). Components of curriculum content, teaching techniques, second language literacy, assessment, and development and evaluation of teaching materials are emphasized.
Prerequisites: EDU 103, ECE 123 OR EDU 263, CMS 233.

EDU 383 Field Experience 0.5 credit

Two semesters prior to student teaching, education majors spend all day Wednesday in the same classroom for 14 weeks as an assistant teacher.

EDU 443 Classroom Management 3 credits

This course is an overview of various strategies related to classroom instruction. Topics include effective teaching strategies, generation of classroom rules and procedures, maintaining appropriate student behavior, and strengthening communication skills. Part of the course consists of a practicum during which students are assigned to area schools to observe procedures and interview experienced teachers. Note: This is a senior level practicum course designed to be taken just prior to the student teaching experience. All lower level education courses should be completed before taking this course.
Prerequisites: EDU 103, EDU 263, CMS 233.

EDU 453 Assessment and Measurement 3 credits

This is an introductory overview of the policies and procedures used in the measurement and assessment of educational performance. This course provides the foundation of basic measurement concepts as well as hands-on experience with assessment tools. The primary focus of the course is on measurement and assessment strategies for all learners including the use of standardized, informal, and curriculum-based procedures. Attention is also given to the diagnosis and program planning of students with exceptional learning needs. The field experience portion of this course is designed to provide students with school based experiences relevant to academic assessment methods and procedures of all learners.
Prerequisites: all methods courses.

SEC 466 Student Teaching 12 credits

Student teaching is a 15-week capstone semester in which the pre-service teacher integrates the pedagogical content knowledge acquired in the teacher education program in either a middle/junior high or a senior high school. This is a hands-on experience in which the student teacher candidate progresses from assisting the classroom teacher to gradually assuming control of the classroom for the entire day. The student teacher candidate participates fully in the life of the classroom by planning and implementing instruction, managing the classroom environment, assessing student progress, and working with school personnel. Student Teaching must be taken concurrently with SEC 471, Student Teaching Seminar.

SEC 471 Student Teaching Seminar 1 credits

The student teaching seminar provides small group interaction with the student teaching supervisor and fellow student teacher candidates to share experiences of the student teaching placements. Final certification requirements and school law issues of concern to a classroom teacher are discussed. Assistance with navigating the job search process, including resume writing and interviewing is also included. SEC 471 must be taken concurrently with SEC 466.

ENG 203 Poetry 3 credits

This course will focus on the study of poetry as an art form, literary genre, and medium for personal expression. Students will develop skills necessary for reading, analyzing, and understanding poetry while examining the works of renowned poets. Some opportunity will be given for writing poetry.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 223 Creative Writing 3 credits

Structured as a writing workshop, this course encourages students to develop a personal writing style and voice through the writing of literary essays and through experimentation with writing short stories, drama, and poetry. Skill in revising and marketing are taught.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 243 English Literature 3 credits

A critical and historical study of selected English literature from the fifth century to the present. Representative authors from each period are selected so that students may gain an appreciation for outstanding authors and an understanding of the society in which each lived.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

EDU 285 The Writing Process 3 credits

A course in the basics of English grammar and mechanics for the middle/secondary level education major. The writing process, paragraph and essay structure journals, portfolios, and writing domains are examined. This course includes methodology for teaching writing and the writing workshop approach.
Prerequisites: ENG 123 or 497, EDU 263, and PSY 283 or EDU 103.

ENG 253 American Literature I 3 credits

A study of the major writers, works, and movements from the discovery of the New World to the Civil War, with an emphasis on literature that reflects diverse cultures such as Native, African-, Asian-, and Hispanic-American.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 254 American Literature II 3 credits

A study of the major writers, works, and movements from the Civil War to the Postmodern period, with an emphasis on literature that reflects diverse cultures such as Native, African-, Asian-, and Hispanic-American.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 291 Intro to Literary Criticism 3 credits

A study of literary theory and contemporary interpretive practices, including formalist, biographical, psychoanalytic, historical, structuralist, post-structuralist, sociological, Marxist, feminist, reader response, and deconstructionist.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 325 Literature for Adolescents and Young Adults 3 credits

The course explores quality adolescent and young adult literature, censorship of adolescent and young adult literature, various approaches to reading adolescent and young adult literature, including reader response criticism, close reading strategies, and contemporary critical theories; the imagined reader(s) of young adult texts, and, by extension, the recent history of the cultural construction of the "teenager”; the application of cultural theories to analyses of adolescent and young adult literature as not only literary texts but also parallel cultural artifacts and mass-produced products; issues of multiculturalism, globalism, and diverse audiences and subject matter; and the relation of adolescent literature to “classic” adult literature.
Prerequisites: ENG 123 or 497, and EDU 113.

ENG 363 World Literature Survey I 3 credits

A critical and historical study of masterpieces of world literature from the Ancient World, Middle Ages, and Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 364 World Literature Survey II 3 credits

A critical and historical study of masterpieces of world literature from the Enlightenment through the Postmodern period.
Prerequisite: ENG 363.

ENG 244 Chaucer and Medieval Lit 3 credits

An examination of the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer, specifically The Canterbury Tales, in the context of history and language of Chaucer’s 14th century England. This course will reference other authors of the period such as Langland, Kempe, and the Pearl Poet.
Prerequisites: ENG 243 and ENG 291.

ENG 391 The Victorian Novel 3 credits

A study of the novels of the Victorian Period (1832- 1900) by authors such as Dickens, Thackeray and the Brontes with reference to the historical and cultural background.
Prerequisites: ENG 243 and ENG 291.

ENG 433 Shakespeare and His Contemporaries 3 credits

A study of Shakespeare's tragedies, history plays, comedies, and romances, their distinctive features and cultural and historical context, with an emphasis on a critical analysis of the text and an appreciation of Shakespeare's great artistry as a dramatist.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 255 African-American Literature 3 credits

A study of American life and thought as expressed in African-American literature. Representative authors are studied from the colonial period to the present. The values and variety of life in America are examined through analysis of this culture’s literature.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 371 Modern and Postmodern Novel 3 credits

A study of modern and postmodern novels on both sides of the Atlantic, emphasizing the distinctive way in which writers use style, structure, and technical experiment to express their views of the world. The significance of innovative literature techniques such as point of view, impressionism, stream of consciousness, and authorial impersonality will also be explored.
Prerequisites: ENG 123 or ENG 497, and ENG 291.

ENG 381 Major Author Studies 3 credits

Covers the life and selected works of one or more major writers such as Dickens, Hardy, Milton, Twain or Faulkner. Since the author(s) studied varies, this course may be taken more than once.
Prerequisites: ENG 291 and appropriate survey course - ENG 253, 254, or 243.

ENG 383 Detective Literature 3 credits

A scholarly evaluation of multicultural detective fiction written by classic and contemporary writers with the goal of illustrating how theology, feminism, multicultural and ethnic issues, and other serious topics can be woven into this genre which is sometimes dismissed as mere entertainment.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 393 The Literature of Women 3 credits

A reading of women writers placed in their historical and literary contexts to explore issues such as the phases of a female literary tradition; the impact of sex and/or gender on literary themes and writing styles; and canon formation.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 313 Journalism 3 credits

An emphasis on the practical application of writing skills. News stories, reporting techniques, feature writing, editing, photojournalism and layout will be studied. Principles of journalism are applied specifically to church promotion.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 333 Writing for the Media 3 credits

Introduction to and practice in writing for mass media, with a focus on the electronic media, news, feature and publicity writing for radio and television. Teaches principles of writing, editing and design and preparation of copy for newspapers, magazines, Internet and book publishing. Includes evaluation of news displays, headlines, photos, and typography and working with the Associated Press and Chicago style manuals.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 412 Scriptwriting Seminar 3 credits

The study of scriptwriting principles as practically applied through writing sketches, one-act and full length plays, with a brief look at alternative dramatic forms (e.g. reader’s theatre, musicals). Developing scripts through improvisations and staged readings will also help students understand the development process necessary to bring a script to life.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 423 Advanced Creative Writing 3 credits

This course encourages students to develop their personal writing style and voice by writing short stories, poetry and literary essays at an advanced level. The class is structured as a writing workshop in which students present their work to their classmates and constructively critique each others’ work as part of the revision process. Marketing skills are also taught. Students must submit a selection of their choice to a publisher of a literary magazine.
Prerequisites: ENG 123 and 223.

ENG 323 The Theology of C. S. Lewis 3 credits

This course explores the writing of C. S. Lewis, who insisted his works be judged by their literary merit and not only their theology. Themes of pain and suffering, the cultural relevance of Christianity, and biblical reflection in Lewis’s fiction and apologetics will be analyzed.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

ENG 347 A Novel Conversion 3 credits

This course explores biblical themes (such as free will and predestination, and redemption and damnation) and how they impact characters at various stages in their faith journeys. Biblical and world literature will be included.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497

ENG 353 Biblical Literature and its Contemporary Counterparts 3 credits

Many Bible passages have inspired writers to explore similar issues in modern settings. This course juxtaposes the Bible with modern fiction, comparing and contrasting shared themes. For example, read the book of Job along with the modern play J.B. by Archibald MacLeish.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497

OLT 313 Psalms and Wisdom Literature 3 credits

A study of the books of Job through Song of Solomon with special emphasis on Psalms. Methods of studying Hebrew poetry are learned along with the values of each book for theology, worship and everyday life.
Prerequisite: OLT 123.

PSY 383 Educational Psychology 3 credits

A study of learning processes with practical applications for classroom teaching. Topics include human development, the impact of culture and community on learning, learning theory, motivation, testing, and assessment. This course includes a practicum involving observations and interviews with persons working in educational settings.

SEC 373 Curriculum and Methodologies 3 credits

This course will explore current practices in the teaching of language arts in secondary schools. Prospective teachers enrolled in this course will learn to plan appropriate learning activities, to assess their students’ progress, and to reflect on their own teaching and learning experiences.

SPE 223 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 credits

Provides an overview of the basic characteristics and unique life and educational needs of individuals who have been determined to be exceptional in mental, physical, and/or emotional characteristics. Topics of study include but are not limited to: learning disabilities, mental impairment, emotional and/or behavioral disorders, mental health disorders and multiple and severe disabilities. Emphasis is placed upon understanding differences from a biblical perspective. This class is open to all majors and is required for education majors.

SPE 403 Inclusion and Collaboration 3 credits

This course is a survey of the basic characteristics and unique educational and life needs of children who have been determined to be exceptional in mental, physical, and/or emotional characteristics. It is also a brief introduction to those educational and related services that are collectively known as “special education” in contemporary public schools and the inclusion of those students in the regular classroom. A ten-hour field experience is included as part of the course.
Prerequisites: EDU 103, SPE 223.