Department of English

English Secondary Education/Creative Writing Program

Mission Statement

The academic mission of the SUU English Department's program in secondary education/ creative writing is to prepare students for a career in secondary education and to develop skills in critical and creative thinking and in written and oral communication. The department pursues these objectives through a comprehensive program of classes in literature, language arts, critical theory, and pedagogy, along with courses focusing on craft, process, and the major traditions within fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Instructors provide students with the pedagogical models and methodologies for a career in education related fields and engage students with a variety of writing experiences: classes, workshops, conferences, readings, internships, and collaborations with other arts and disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the graduation requirements for the BA degree in English: Secondary Education will be able to

  • identify, describe, and compare the literary features of a variety of genres across different historical periods and cultures;
  • create lesson plans specific to the study of literary analysis, writing, creative writing, and language arts;
  • apply and assess a range of pedagogical theories appropriate to various secondary-education settings and experiential learning opportunities;
  • apply teaching practices, tutoring strategies, and classroom management skills in the context of national common core requirements of secondary education;
  • present a diverse approach to literature and language arts in the classroom and broader community;
  • write in a variety of genres, showing a critical awareness of tradition, aesthetics, prosody, and narrative techniques;
  • revise to strengthen ideas, form, voice, and language;
  • edit and proofread documents for grammar, syntax, common usage, and punctuation;
  • use technology to produce, collaborate, edit, and distribute writing to a variety of audiences; and
  • produce focused, concrete, and constructive critiques of their own efforts and those of their colleagues.