Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary Education Minor


Study classical and contemporary literature, participate in research projects, and express yourself through writing and discussion with Saint Joseph’s English degree.

As an English major, you will develop writing, critical reasoning, and interpretive and research skills. You will also be enriched intellectually and spiritually through creative interaction with the best of the world’s literature. The Bachelor of Arts in English includes two semesters of foreign language study.

At a Glance

  • Rigorous curriculum allows students to develop strong skills in analysis, research, and writing.
  • Provides a solid background in research and communication, skills that are required for graduate study.
  • Faculty boasting more than 30 published books and scholarly articles.


The Bachelor of Arts major in English combined with a minor in Secondary Education is the basis for a career as a middle school or high school English teacher. Students who aspire to teach middle school or high school English also take a series of education courses in the secondary education minor with regular observations in English classrooms in area middle schools or high schools during their sophomore and junior years and then successful completion of a semester of senior student teaching.

This course of study has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as middle school or high school teachers. Students from other states should work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.

Students earn a full bachelor’s degree in English. The Secondary Education Minor courses are as follows:

Freshman Year: Foundations of Education
Sophomore Year: Curriculum Design Practicum – Secondary Education
Junior Year: Educational Psychology, Exceptionality, and Teaching Methods in the Secondary School
Senior Year: Student Teaching and Measurement & Evaluation


Patricia Waters
Patricia WatersAssistant Professor, Education
PhD, University of Rochester
MS, Pace University
BA, University of Rochester
Lane Gibson
Lane GibsonAssistant Professor
PhD, Columbia University
BA, College of William and Mary
Wendy Galgan
Wendy GalganAssociate Professor
MLS, Pratt Institute