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Bachelor of Arts in

English Education


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English Education is the perfect program for students who want to teach English and writing in public or private middle and high schools. This fun and exciting major will prepare you for the classroom and to positively impact the lives of teenagers.

As an English Education major, you will focus on three areas of study: general education, professional education and English content (literature, linguistics and writing). You will study American, British and world literature and will have the opportunity to choose special courses to focus on a particular literary period or genre. You’ll sharpen your writing skills and knowledge and learn to evaluate written materials according to grammatical structure, composition and linguistic principle. In our English Education department you will receive specialized instruction on the English language origins, present-day function and methods of teaching.

Through this major, you will earn licensure to teach English and language arts at the middle and high school levels. You may also earn licensure in a second subject/content area. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation requires the OSAT/OPTE test(s) be passed in order to obtain a license in an additional subject/content area. If you are interested in completing coursework toward additional licensing, the subject area advisor can help you with the next steps.

Our mission to raise Whole Leaders for the Whole World will truly set you apart as a teacher in today’s schools.

What can I do with a B.A. degree from ORU in English Education?

A degree in English Education from ORU will get you on the way to the classroom- whether public or private, middle or high school.  The knowledge and experience you will gain at ORU will make a place for you in schools worldwide.

What are some of the core experiences of this program? 

  • Young Adult Literature
  • World Literature
  • English Literature
  • American Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Structure of Modern English
  • Teaching English
  • Major Writers
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Modern Period
  • Foundations and Methods of Education
  • Field Based Experience/Practicum
  • Intern/Student Teaching 7-9; 10-12

What makes ORU’s English Education program stand out?

Besides the expansive offerings of the classes and professors in this department, ORU’s English Education program presents an array of opportunities for you to further your experience and grow by way of student societies, clubs and extracurricular activities. These groups supply a unique occasion for you to deepen your well of knowledge and cultivate a rich understanding of our English language.

  • Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society with a central purpose to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.
  • The English Club meets periodically for poetry readings and various social events. The club is open to English and writing majors as well as to any students who enjoy literature and writing.
  • Promethia is the ORU literary magazine that showcases poetry, essays, short stories and black-and-white photography created by ORU students, faculty and staff. Produced annually by students, Promethia seeks to display the finest literary efforts of the ORU community.
  • The C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society has a chapter at ORU. Functioning like a campus club, the society hosts academic conferences, Tolkienfest and many social events throughout the year.
  • Walden Weekend is an annual retreat held in early fall, enabling students to escape the commotion of urban life and to leisurely read and write in the woods of eastern Oklahoma.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we exceed the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top outside regulators in the U.S.

The ORU College of Education is accredited by the following associations:

  • Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP )
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The ORU College of Education is recognized by the following agencies:

  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education

The ORU College of Education holds memberships with the following associations:

  • American Association of College of Teacher Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

ORU College of Education Holmes Scholars program is a partnership between ORU College of Education and AACTE Holmes Scholars® that has been established to support Quest scholarship awarded doctoral candidates from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing careers in education.

The AACTE Holmes Scholars program will provide mentorship, peer support, and rich professional development opportunities. Scholars will become or are candidates for faculty and leadership positions in teacher education, field specializations, or educational research.

By partnering with the AACTE Holmes Scholars program, ORU COE aims to strengthen our support of the promotion of diversity within the professional community and prepare educators to serve diverse learners.


Laura Krohn

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