Online secondary English education degrees are ideally suited for students who want to teach English at the secondary level—in junior highs or high schools. One way prospective students may want to look at this degree is half English and half education, as students will take several courses in both fields.
Though curriculum may vary slightly by state, secondary English education students can expect to take courses in a English language, literature, and writing courses including poetry, creative writing, and modern literature, as well as education courses in general education, educational psychology, and education technology. Students may also take courses specifically in teaching grammar, writing, and literature.
Requirements for teaching certifications vary by state, so it is important for potential students to look into what their state requires. Some states may require subject-area testing in addition to tests over pedagogy and best teaching practices. Students will also be required to fulfill certain fieldwork requirements, such as in-class observation and student teaching. It is important for students to take state requirements into consideration before choosing the best school for them and decide if they want to pursue a degree from an in-state school, pursue a degree from a school that meets requirements for multiple states, or pursue a degree from an out-of-state school and then pursue an alternative means of state certification.
Once teachers hold a state certification, they may be able to add additional certifications, like to teach communications, speech, or journalism, simply by taking another state test. Secondary English education program graduates may also choose to become leaders in their school’s English department or curriculum coordinator for English programs in their school district.