|Effective Spring 2017 - This concentration is not accepting any new students. Students may elect to pursue the English, B.A. while completing coursework for teacher licensure through the English Education Certificate. Students currently enrolled in the BA in English Program can elect to complete this concentration if they apply for this concentration through their academic advisor before the end of the Spring 2017 term. See your academic advisor regarding the timeline for completion.|
Current students, please refer to the FAQ web page to learn about the "teach out" process. Please meet with your academic advisor regarding your current study plan.
In Illinois secondary schools in districts with enrollments between 3,000 and 5,999 students, the salary range for beginning teachers with bachelor's degrees is $40,032 to $47,694. Source: "Illinois Teacher Salary Study 2008-2009," Illinois State Board of Education
English teachers guide their students into the world of words to explore the joys and struggles of life and humanity.
At Governors State University, the undergraduate major in English with a teacher education concentration prepares you to teach 21st century language proficiency on the secondary school level. You can also obtain an endorsement for teaching middle school. In addition to a strong academic background, you gain the knowledge you will need to be a teacher who can discuss both classic and modern literature, passing on a love of language and writing skills to a new generation of learners.
Teacher education at GSU is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. It has also been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English.
To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching license, you must present evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills), Subject Matter Knowledge and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System. You must complete a student teaching requirement in English and must meet other requirements for certification through approved programs in the Teacher Education and Certification section of the GSU catalog.
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