Secondary Education

Why teach English?

  • It's a great job with a great mission: you serve the community by educating young people.
  • Teaching puts your college education and your special skills to work.
  • You're involved with a field you love: literature, language, reading, writing, drama.
  • Schools are looking for capable, young teachers. Salaries and benefits are competitive.

What about jobs? Will there be teaching positions available?

  • The U.S. Department of Education says 2.2 million new teachers will need to be hired by 2009.
  • Student enrollment in public schools will rise from 47 to 48 million students by 2009.
  • Education-related occupations are expected to grow by 27%, a rate second only to health occupations.
  • Minnesota alone is expecting to replace 24,500 K-12 teachers by 2004.

What will my course schedule be? How many courses do I need?

To receive a BA degree from Luther, you need to complete 128 semester hours of credit. For an English major with teaching certification, those hours will include the following:

  • General education requirements for all majors: 11-16 courses (excluding P.E.) For more information, see Catalog.
  • Major coursework: 9 courses in English (Major Plan III).
  • Secondary Education Minor: 9.75 courses in Education.

For more detailed information about certification in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, click here.

How do I enroll in the English education program?

In the first semester of your first year, register for the January course, Education 185: "Clinical Experience in the Schools." This course will provide your initial experience in the classroom. For people starting an Education Minor their sophomore year, register for Education 115. At the end of the course, you will receive an application to enter the education program.

If you are already a second-semester Sophomore, or beyond, and are interested in English education, contact Nick Preus for application information.

How long does the program take?

If you decide to enter the English education program in the beginning of your Sophomore year, you can complete the degree and teaching certification in a total of four years.

For further information

Contact Martin Klammer, Department Chair at or phone 563-387-2112.