Bachelor of Arts in English with a Preliminary Single Subject Credential (California)

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The Bachelor of Arts in English with a Preliminary Single Subject Credential provides a rigorous education that prepares candidates for a career as a teacher of English at the middle and secondary school levels. The program stresses literary analysis, diversity, and critical thinking and written and oral communication skills through a rigorous curriculum of literature, composition, language and linguistics, and communication studies. This program prepares candidates for professional work as single subject teachers in a changing cultural and economic environment. For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledgeably discuss major writers, works, movements, and periods of the British and American literary traditions.
  • Evaluate the relationship of marginalized or oppositional voices to the evolution of literary traditions and histories.
  • Analyze literary works within their historical and cultural contexts.
  • Analyze works of literature in the context of the conventions and histories of their genres.
  • Analyze the use and effects of literary and rhetorical features of literary texts.
  • Identify major critical approaches to the interpretation of literature.
  • Compose sophisticated written works of literary analysis, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.
  • Apply educational technology to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Explain how to support growth in cognitive, social, physical and emotional domains.
  • Create positive learning environments that ensure healthy human growth.
  • Utilize systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies to facilitate and account for learning and to support positive growth.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate standards-based lesson plans for learning and achievement in content areas.
  • Demonstrate professional standards and ethics.
  • Utilize different teaching strategies to accomplish teaching and learning goals.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Single Subject Teaching Credential, candidates must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum of 70.5 units of the university General Education. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

Preparation for the Major (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (25 courses; 108 quarter units) English Requirements (11 courses; 49.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Education Orientation, Theory and Methodology Requirements (8 courses; 36 quarter units)
Students must complete TED 305 prior to TPA 1. All Teacher Education (TED) courses include a field experience component. It is strongly recommended students take the following courses in the order they are listed.
Core Requisite(s):
Student Teaching Requirements (4 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
TED 530A, 530B, 531A and 531B are field experience courses receiving a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade and are not factored into cumulative GPA.
Additional Courses for Satisfying SB2042 and CTC for California Teaching Credential (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Students must have senior standing to enroll in these two classes. The classes are considered graduate level. The grades earned must be a “B” or better. These courses will not transfer to any graduate level program (at National University or elsewhere).