Mar 01, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Major in English, BA with Secondary Teacher Certification in English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)

Admission and Retention Requirements for English Certification

For admission to and retention in Teacher Education in the field of English, students must achieve and sustain a 3.0 GPA in all English coursework. To qualify to take the English TExES examination, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have at least a 2.5 GPA on all college coursework (lower and upper level).
  2. Have completed one English TExES Review Workshop at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Students who meet the above criteria must request permission to take the TExES certification exam via the College of Education’s TExES Approval/Request System (TAR) at <>. The English TExES Coordinator will approve all students who meet the above criteria. In addition, it is strongly recommended that students take two English TExES Review Workshops before they take the exam.

Students may choose either a Literary Studies or a Writing Studies Emphasis.

Students returning to the University to complete certification must see the English TExES coordinator to identify any course deficiencies in the student’s teaching field. All criteria outlined in the plan must be met before the student will be permitted to take the English TExES.

Students seeking certification must also qualify to take the Professional Development TExES. For information, see the College of Education section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements for Literary or Writing Studies Emphasis

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. Core Curriculum Program
  2. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)
  3. Major Requirements
  4. Professional Development
  5. Teacher Certification Requirements
  6. Foreign Language Requirements







  Total 120 (122)

Literary Studies Emphasis (39 hours)

In addition to the requirements listed above, students will also select courses from the following clusters:


*When topic is approved for cluster—see S.A.I.L. or advisor for further information.

Writing Studies Emphasis (39 hours)

Literary Studies (9 hours)

  • 1 course from Conventions, Forms, and Genres 3 sem. hrs.
  • 1 course from Literary History 3 sem. hrs.
  • 1 course from Literary and Cultural Studies 3 sem. hrs.

Total beyond Core Curriculum Program: 48 hrs


Students seeking teacher certification in English Language Arts (7-12) must take the courses listed above in addition to the Core Curriculum Program curriculum and all professional development courses. Please see the College of Education for the list of professional development requirements.