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English Area, Teacher Certification


Study English literature to teach it in the classroom.


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)






4 Years

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What You'll Learn in the English Area with Teacher Certification program

Our English area with teacher certification program provides an in-depth study of literature and the skill set to teach it in the classroom. You'll also take classes to improve your writing skills in prose, poetry and other areas while also completing courses to meet professional education requirements.

What You Can Do with an English Area with Teacher Certification degree

Be prepared to teach English for secondary grade levels in Kentucky.

Admission to the English program

To enroll in the program, you must be accepted to study at MSU.

Students seeking teacher certification must apply for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Additionally, to enroll in the clinical practice and meet state certification requirements, students must maintain a GPA of 2.75 overall (in all course work), as well as in professional education courses, with no grade lower than a "C" in professional education courses.

TEP Admission Requirements

Program Requirements

  1. Admission to MSU with an assigned academic advisor.
  2. Pursuance of program completion leading to teacher certification.
  3. Completion of at least 30 credit hours.
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last thirty (30) credit hours. All college courses attempted must be a part of the applicant's MSU transcript. Transcripts must reflect all transfer coursework completed to date. All transfer courses, as well as MSU credit, are used in calculating the GPA.
  5. Completion of the following five core courses with grades of "C" or better:
    1. ENG 100 – Writing I
    2. Mathematics General Education Requirement, as required by the program
    3. COMS 108 – Fundamentals of Speech Communication
    4. EDF 207 – Foundations of Education (CTE and Agriculture Teaching candidates may substitute CTE 207) or UTCH 100 (MSUTeach programs)
    5. EDF 211 – Human Growth and Development (IECE candidates may substitute EDEC 253) or UTCH 150 (MSUTeach programs)

Testing Requirements

TEP candidates must obtain the following scores on the ACT exam:

  • Composite score of 22 or the corresponding minimum scores: Reading (20), English (18), and mathematics (19),

OR, the following scores on the Praxis I Core Skills for Educators exam:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined 5752 Computer OR
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5733 Computer (Minimum score 150) and
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5713 Computer (Minimum score 156) and
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5723 Computer (Minimum score 162)

An applicant may use a combination of ACT and Praxis I minimum scores to meet testing requirements. If an applicant is within five points of one or more of the corresponding minimum scores of the Praxis I assessments, the candidate may be admitted if the candidate has a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For information about the Praxis exams and to register for the test, please visit the Praxis website at

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Department of English & Modern Languages

111 Breckinridge Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-9448