North Carolina needs teachers. Students in Appalachian’s English, Secondary Education (BS) program receive excellent preparation to be an English teacher through the university’s Department of English and renowned Reich College of Education.
This CAEP-accredited program produces the most English, Secondary Education graduates in the state. It also has an excellent placement record. It is designed for students who want to teach high school English, although majors often go on to graduate school or other professional schools in areas such as law or medicine. Some also become professors of education.
The training is rigorous, preparing future teachers who are broad in their thinking, well informed about theory and practice, and concerned about diversity, community and their ongoing professional growth. Graduates also experience success and flexibility in careers as diverse as writing, publishing, journalism, broadcasting and marketing, as well as educational administration, law, business, library and information science, health care, politics and more.
Employment: Students who graduate from this program have gone on to work for Watauga High School, West Henderson High School, Charles D. Owen High School, A. C. Reynolds High School, Wake Forest University, Millikin University and many other schools.
Graduate School: Students who choose to continue their education have gone on to graduate programs at the following schools:
- Clemson University
- Teachers College, Columbia University
- New York University
- Wake Forest University
- UNC-Chapel Hill
- North Carolina State University
- University of South Carolina
- University of Alabama
- Auburn University
- University of Virginia
- Duke Divinity School
- University of Tennessee College of Law
- University of Wisconsin Law School
Students take courses in education, literature, literary criticism, genre study, creative writing, and in language, writing, and pedagogy, as well as student teaching.
A minor is not required.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
The English Club is a student-run organization that supports camaraderie among English majors through a variety of activities and special events on campus.
Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society for English undergraduates.
Lyric is Appalachian’s Spoken Word Poetry Club.
The Peel is an award-winning student-run literary publication that features Appalachian students’ stories, poetry, essays and artwork.
Cold Mountain Review is Appalachian’s professional literary review published out of the Department of English.
The Film Club is the Department of English’s undergraduate club devoted to film production and appreciation.
APPS Society Film Series is sponsored by the Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS).
Sustainability Film Series screens films that help viewers better understand the challenges facing human culture and our planet.
The Queer Film Series seeks to increase campus and community awareness of the histories, lives, and cultures of LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex) persons.
The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series brings eight authors to campus for readings and craft talks throughout the school year.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society. Opportunities for education majors include international student teaching.
Requirements for declaring a major in English (BS) are detailed here.
- There is a high demand for teachers in North Carolina, and this program excels at preparing students for these jobs. Alumni include the 2015 North Carolina State Teacher of the Year, Keana Triplett; the 2015 Catawba County Teacher of the Year, Jeana Link; the 2015 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Teacher of the Year, Charity Sutphin; and the 2015 Wake County Teacher of the Year, Matthew Scialdone.
- The skills most in demand for today’s job market are those in which English majors excel – oral and written communication, critical thinking, active listening, reading comprehension and analysis.
- Research shows that English majors who choose to pursue a graduate or professional degree consistently perform at the highest levels on the GMAT, MCAT, LSAT and the GRE.
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Appalachian graduates with English degrees excel wherever employers value cultural literacy and the ability to read carefully, think critically and write effectively.
Dr. Carl Eby