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English Secondary Education

Students pursuing certification in secondary education can choose from the following majors and minors. Please note that these letter codes are the official certification codes used by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

Majors Available:

  • Biology (DA)
  • Chemistry (DC)
  • English (BA)
  • History (CC)
  • Integrated Science (DI)
  • Mathematics (EX)
  • Music Education (JQ)
  • Social Studies (group, RX)
  • Spanish (FF)
  • Special Education (SM)

Minors Available:

  • Biology (DA)
  • Chemistry (DC)
  • English (BA)
  • History (CC)
  • Psychology (CE)
  • Spanish (FF)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (NS)

Secondary certification allows graduates to teach in his or her major or minor disciplines for grades six through twelve. Available K-12 endorsements for students of Secondary Education are Music Education, Spanish Education, and Special Education: Learning Disabilities.

Students desiring Michigan certification are responsible for meeting all certification requirements of the Michigan Department of Education and the State Board of Education, whether or not they are explicitly stated in the SAU catalog.

The SOE policies apply to all Spring Arbor University sites. However, procedures for carrying out certain policies may vary from site to site. Certain certifiable majors and minors are available at the main campus only. A student wishing to participate in these majors and minors must register for and attend classes at SAU’s main campus in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

For more information on the elementary and secondary education programs at Spring Arbor University, visit SAU’s School of Education webpage.

Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan

The courses for this 69-credit hour major include such subject areas as:

  • ENG 112 World Literature
  • ENG 208 Creative Writing
  • ENG 220 Introduction to Literary Study
  • ENG 333 Bible as Literature
  • ENG 361 English Language

Choose one American literature from the following:

  • ENG 322 19th Century American Literature
  • ENG 350 20th Century American Literature
  • ENG 352 American Literature: World War II – Present

Choose one British literature from the following:

  • ENG 329 Early British and Continental Literature
  • ENG 360 19th Century British Literature
  • ENG 362 20th Century British Literature

One American or British Literature courses from the lists above not already used
Choose one course from the following:

  • ENG 309 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG 311 Poetry Writing
  • ENG 313 Fiction Writing
  • VID 314 Scriptwriting

Secondary Education Professional Program

  • EDU 140/140L Exploring Critical Skills for the Professional Educator and Lab
  • EDU 202 Issues and Trends in American Education
  • EDU 230 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 271 The Diverse Learner

View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate course catalog.