Female English teacher with student at white board.
  • Program Type
  • Degrees Offered
    B.A., B.S.
  • School
    Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences

Prepare for a fulfilling career in secondary-school English education. Engage students from a broad range of cultural backgrounds in diverse educational settings.

What You'll Learn

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You’ll develop the teaching and management skills to be a successful English teacher in grades five to twelve. In addition to exploring the classics of world literature, you’ll understand curricular strategies and best practices that maximize student learning and engagement.

Gain practical experience.

Acquire on-the-job skills you can apply directly to your career while learning in a friendly, collaborative environment grounded in faith-based values.

Learn in a supportive environment.

Work in small classes alongside world-class faculty who bring real-world experience to their classrooms.

Strengthen your understanding of cultural diversity.

Develop your critical thinking and historical analysis skills while gaining deeper exposure to — and understanding of — cultural diversity and respect for others.

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.


  • All the University of Mary education programs are fully accredited by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board and all CAEP national standards are fully met.

Assistant Professor of English and English Education Chair Dr. Michael Milburn and students share what it’s like to study English and English education at Mary.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects steady demand for high school teachers through 2029. Employment opportunities for qualified teachers will increase as secondary school enrollment increases.

Career Paths

  • High School English Teacher
  • Middle School English Teacher
  • Counselor
  • Private Tutor
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Web Content Creator
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Relations Manager

Featured Faculty

Carmen Cain, PhD

Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Secondary Education Program, Director of Licensure Track Program

Having been an educator for over 20 years now, my first priority at the University of Mary is to facilitate student learning so teacher-candidates are prepared for the joys and challenges of their own classroom. I enjoy collaborating with an excellent faculty to provide our students with the best education possible.

Michael Milburn, PhD

Chair of English and English Education, Assistant Professor of Language and Literature, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I teach rhetoric and literature with the aim of developing students' capacity to recognize the good, the true, and the beautiful. I follow Scott Crider's assertion that "rhetoric is a liberal art which liberates one both to defend oneself against untrue persuasions and to fashion true ones."

I am interested in literary theory from Plato to the present and I apply this tradition to an integrated study of literature in its formal, historical, and theological dimensions. I am always looking for students with whom I can discuss Shakespeare, Tolkien, and the philosophical questions surrounding literature.

Take Your Next Step in English Education