There are two ways to become an English teacher at Mercyhurst University. Students can choose the path that works best for them. Both options prepare students to teach English in secondary-level (grades 7 through 12) classrooms and lead to teacher certification. English Majors pursuing either option are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA overall and in the major courses.
OPTION 1: THE ENGLISH MAJOR--ENGLISH EDUCATION CONCENTRATION
The English Major—English Education Concentration is a four-year degree program. Students complete a 42-credit course of study in the English department and at the same time take 27 credits in the Education department. This includes their Capstone Clinical requirement taken in Spring semester of Senior year. Students graduate with a Bachelor’s degree.
OPTION 2: THE ENGLISH MAJOR—4+1 SECONDARY EDUCATION CONCENTRATION
The English Major—4+1 Secondary Education Concentration begins as a four year program. Students complete 51 credits in the English department, earning a B.A. in English, and then matriculate into the Education department for their fifth and final year, graduating with a Master’s degree in Secondary Education Pedagogy and Practice.