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Undergraduate Major English Education (BA)

Instill a Love of Words in Middle and High School Students with a Degree from SNHU

Turn your passion for English language arts into a rewarding teaching career with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Southern New Hampshire University. This unique program equips you with the skills to teach middle and high school students to read and interpret literature and write for a variety of purposes.

Because SNHU emphasizes real-world experience, our degree also offers distinct advantages over similar programs. Here, you won't have to wait until senior year to get into a classroom. Our students begin working-not just observing-in real classrooms during the first semester of their freshman year, and the program culminates with year-long student teaching. You'll graduate with a deep understanding of English language arts while meeting all New Hampshire state requirements for teacher certification (this certification may be reciprocal in some states, but many will have further requirements to fulfill). Additionally, students completing this program are eligible for a minor in English Language and Literature.

See Yourself Succeed with a Degree in English Education

As a student, you'll graduate with a deep understanding of English language arts, while building the skills and knowledge base you will need to seek a teacher certification after graduation.

With a B.A. in English Education, you'll:

  • Engage in courses that are taught on site in local middle schools and high schools
  • Begin gaining field experience in the first semester of your freshman year
  • Become qualified for career opportunities at the middle and high school levels
  • Learn from faculty with extensive experience and valuable connections
  • Engage in year-long student teaching for outstanding preparation for the classroom

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in English Education at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of fewer than 3,000 students, with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. (This scholarship amount is only for students who do not need a visa to study in the U.S.)
  • Innovative programs. Study abroad at little or no extra cost.
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center, and more.
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine.

Internships & Outcomes

Students in SNHU's English Education program will gain a broad and integrated liberal arts background and the techniques, knowledge and experience to help middle through senior high school students develop to their highest potential.

One unique feature of the program is the year-long student teaching experience, through which students work full-time with an established teacher. Students apply for student teaching a year in advance and must complete all course requirements (including passing the PRAXIS II exam) before student teaching begins.

The program meets the requirements for New Hampshire certification to teach English in middle and high school.* (New Hampshire teaching certification may be reciprocal in some states, but many will have further requirements to fulfill.) According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, high school educators can expect to see jobs in the field grow at an 8% rate between 2016 and 2026.

*This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher's license or endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits. View disclosure information.


We pair classroom knowledge and theory with significant field experience, including student teaching in your senior year. At SNHU, you'll examine traditional, innovative, and research-based approaches to teaching. Our graduates are prepared professionals with the passion and skills to make a difference in today's secondary schools.

The program leads to teacher certification and culminates in a year-long student teaching experience, where you'll work full-time with an established teacher. Students will graduate with a deep understanding of English language arts while meeting all state requirements for teacher certification. Additionally, students completing this program may be eligible for a minor in English Language and Literature.

SNHU faculty members have experience teaching adolescents and remain current in the field. Faculty members are award winners, members of state education committees, and your biggest supporters.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in english education program includes:

  • General education
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.