Bachelor of Arts in English Education, Grades 6-12


Department of English

Students in Southeastern's English Education program receive a balanced education in both English and education. The program features English courses in world, British and American literature, grammar and linguistics. Students also receive training in general methods for teaching as well as discipline-specific methods for teaching English content. Students have an opportunity to practice and apply these methods during field experiences in local schools. Students who complete the degree program will be certified to teach English/Language Arts in secondary schools (grades 6 through 12).

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Career Information

Types of Jobs

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)teacher
  • Teacher
  • Tutor

Types of Employers

  • Learning centers
  • Secondary schools (grades 6 through12)


  • Students receive personal attention in literary and pedagogical training and field experience

  • Faculty in a wide range of specialties, including traditional areas such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, the Brontës, Lawrence, Faulkner, Hemingway and Creole Literature as well as more recently developed fields such as interdisciplinary studies in literature, digital humanities, film studies, animal studies and performance studies

  • Faculty in creative writing and writers in residence offer personalized instruction by renowned poets, fiction writers and playwrights

  • Faculty/student research opportunities in digital humanities and publishing

  • Common Read Program brings internationally acclaimed writers to campus for direct contact with students

  • Courses in linguistics, history of language and literacy; history and criticism of film, performance and gender studies; and professional writing and publishing studies, offering professional credentials and internships

  • Southeast Louisiana site of the National Writing Project that hosts institutes for teachers and in-service activities in teaching of writing

  • Faculty have been recognized on regional, national and international levels as creative writers and scholars, and numerous faculty received university honors for teaching

  • Honors curriculum available

  • Student computer labs, writing studio and the Southeastern Writing Center are equipped with up-to-date technology, including design and professional publishing software, laptops and other digital devices


  • Total semester hours required: 120

  • Semester hours required in English: 51

  • Students are required to pass the PRAXIS II exam to assess English Content Knowledge and PLT exam to assess Principles of Learning & Teaching prior to student teaching.

  • Students are required to complete student teaching in a year-long residency in secondary school placements. 


  • Creative Writing

  • Gender Studies

  • Professional Writing

  • Publishing Studies


  • Bachelor of Arts in English

  • Master of Arts in English


  • Louisiana Literature and Louisiana Literature Press

  • Nineteenth-Century Studies

  • Journal of College Writing

  • Southeastern Writing Center

  • English Department Common Read Program

  • English Club

  • Xi Ro Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society

  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Education Honor Society

Contact Information

Dr. Leilya Pitre


Mailing address: SLU 10861, Hammond, LA 70402

On-campus address: D Vickers Hall, Room 361

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