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Bachelors of Arts in
English Literature Education


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English Literature with a Professional Education Concentration is designed to equip you to earn your teacher certification. You will graduate fully prepared and certified to begin teaching English or writing at the secondary level.

More than this, our unique mission to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through Whole Person Education can set you apart as a talented literary educator to impact the world. You’ll experience a life-transforming education that will prepare you for a career in the education industry.

Our commitment to equip Spirit-empowered leaders is why you can graduate from this program fully prepared to begin teaching English and writing at the secondary level. The ORU B.A. in English Literature with Professional Education program will empower and challenge you to do your finest work!

This major meets the State of Oklahoma’s requirements for a teaching license at the secondary level (middle and high school). You will be empowered to teach English and language arts in private and public schools. You will also have the opportunity to earn licensure in a second subject or content area. In order to obtain this additional licensure, The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation requires the OSAT/OPTE test(s) to be passed.

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

Creative educators can enjoy successful careers in:

  • Private Secondary School
  • Public Secondary School
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Technical or Research Writing
  • Writing for Media
  • English/Writing Tutoring
  • Business Communications and more!

What are some of the core experiences of this program? 

  • Young Adult Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • English and American Literature
  • Structure of Modern English
  • Major Writers
  • Teaching English Language
  • Modern Period
  • Student Teaching and much more!


What makes ORU’s English Literature with Professional Education program stand out?

This program allows students to experience three main components: general education, professional education and English content. Through these studies, you will become proficient in grammatical structure of the English language and analyzing writing styles while applying linguistic principles.

During the professional education courses, you will examine Biblical principles for education and become familiar with the concepts behind the learning, instruction and historical background of the teaching profession.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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.

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