English, Secondary Education, B.A.


UNC Greensboro’s English with High School Licensure program prepares students for the challenges of teaching English in grades 9-12. The University’s Department of English and School of Education work together to ensure students graduate with both the theory to support their practice and real-world experiences to prepare them once they graduate.


  • This NCATE-accredited program is designed for students who want to teach high school English, although majors often go on to graduate school in English or other professional schools such as law, medicine, or education. 
  • Our graduates have excellent placement records and often go on to work for school districts across the state, nationally, and internationally.
  • Alumni frequently have been named teacher of the year at the school, district, and regional levels.
  • UNCG is ranked 45th out of more than 200 research-intensive English departments in overall faculty scholarly productivity in 2014 by Academic Analytics.
  • Department of English professors regularly win university-wide teaching and mentorship awards for their commitment to student success.


  • Class sizes are small, ranging from 20-36 students per class. 
  • Classes are taught almost exclusively by permanent, tenure-track faculty members.
  • Internship experiences are available and encouraged. 
  • You are encouraged to perform undergraduate research and present findings in regional and national conference format.
  • An impressive range of critical and creative speakers visit campus.
  • Opportunities for campus involvement include editorial positions through UNCG’s fine arts magazine, Coraddi, as well as the student newspaper, The Carolinian.
  • The creative writing minor gives you a glimpse into our renowned Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, one of the oldest in the country.


  • UNCG graduates excel at oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, active listening, reading comprehension, and analysis. These skills make our graduates assets for any employer both in the field of education and beyond.
  • Research indicates that English majors who choose to pursue a graduate or professional degree consistently perform at the highest level on the GMAT, MCAT, LASAT, and the GRE.
  • Graduates of approved teacher education curricula are eligible for initial licensure on the basis of UNCG’s recommendation to the State Department of Public Instruction. 


The College of Arts and Sciences offers a minor in Videogaming and Esports that pairs well with this degree. Students complete one required course and 12 hours of electives in courses like Intro to 3D Animation and Fandom and Religion: Rituals, Texts, Communities. Learn More.

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Program Details

Degree Type: Bachelor's

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person

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Dr. Karen Weyler
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of English