Teaching English

The English Major

The English major is one of the most popular among undergraduates at UConn, with approximately 700 students in any given year studying to receive a BA degree from the English department.  English majors enter many different fields, but a recent survey of alumni conducted by UConn’s Office of Internal Research demonstrates that education is the most popular profession.

Dual Degree Program

The Neag School of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offer a dual degree program for students planning to become teachers.  Through Neag’s Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Education program, prospective English teachers can earn three degrees: a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education, a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English, and a Master’s degree in Education.  Neag School of Education students majoring in Education who wish to receive a Bachelors of Arts in English may need additional courses to fulfill CLAS requirements.


Concentration in Teaching English

The English Department also offers a Concentration in Teaching English designed to provide English majors with the necessary undergraduate coursework to pass the state’s teaching certification exam (known as the Praxis II) and to be competitive candidates for graduate degree programs in Education.


English majors interested in teaching should contact Jason Courtmanche via email or stop by the Connecticut Writing Project office in Austin 161. Appointments may be scheduled with Dr. Courtmanche by email or through Nexus, the university’s online advising appointment scheduling system.