BA English Education

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education (9-12), offered through the University of Mount Olive’s Division of Education, prepares students to be effective teachers in the English classroom in grades 9-12 and to function as contributing English professionals. Teachers are well-respected members of the community, with rewarding career possibilities in public and private education.

The English Education program at UMO leads to initial teacher licensure. English teacher candidates are required to obtain all necessary certifications from the state in which they wish to teach.

Key Program Features

Understand areas of the English language such as historical and developmental perspectives, grammar systems, and dialects/levels of usage

Read and respond in various ways to works of American, British, and world literature, including literature by women, minorities, and non-western writers

Become acquainted with traditional and contemporary literature appropriate for adolescents and become aware of ways to encourage a variety of reader response to such literature

Experience and study both the writing process and written products for diverse purposes and audiences, completing a variety of writing tasks and studying pedagogical techniques appropriate to working with diverse learners

Be exposed to a variety of materials and methods for teaching reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing

Program Details

The student teaching internship is scheduled during the senior year. This internship is a full semester experience of full-time classroom work occurring under the daily direction of an assigned clinical teacher appointed by the school system.

Pi Lambda Theta is the most selective national honor society of educators. For 100 years, PLT has advocated for accomplished teaching and standards-based professional learning. Membership in PLT is limited to students and professionals who satisfy academic eligibility requirements.


  • Intend to pursue a career in education
  • Enrolled in a qualified degree program
  • Have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have at least a sophomore standing in a baccalaureate degree program
  • Membership is a distinctive and well-recognized honor allowing those who join to set themselves apart from the crowd. Additionally, PLT provides members with unequaled professional learning opportunities and resources that will help them to start or advance in their education careers.

The Braswell Teaching Scholarship, funded by the Jessie Dail and Walter Vernon Braswell Scholarship Endowment, provides a scholarship renewable annually up to three years. Scholarship criteria for entering freshmen are:

  • A 3.2 high school grade point average
  • Top 25% class rank
  • A minimum 1020 SAT
  • Nomination by a high school teacher, principal, or community leader
  • An essay, demonstrating language competency, on a topic determined by the Department of Education
  • An interview with a representative of the Department of Education

The scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to major in teacher education; achieves at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average as a freshman and at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average as a sophomore, junior, and senior, with no failing grade at any time; completes at least 30 semester hours each academic year; completes the service component of the Braswell Scholarship; and participates in the activities of the teacher education program, including active membership in the Prospective Teachers Association. The Department of Education, which screens applicants and selects Braswell Scholarship recipients, reviews the performance of Braswell Scholars at the end of each academic year and makes recommendations regarding renewal of funding. Application for a Braswell Teaching Scholarship can be initiated in the Office of Admissions at the Mount Olive location.

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