Bachelor of Arts in English with Single Subject Matter Preparation

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The major in English with single subject matter preparation for teaching is designed to prepare students for careers as middle or secondary school English or language arts teachers. The BA in English literature program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students who complete this program, including the required portfolio, will not be required to take the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in English to receive their teaching credential. To fulfill the single subject matter preparation standards mandated by the state of California, the BA online degree program requires additional study in certain areas beyond what is required by the regular major in English. In order to receive the equivalency letter, students must also submit a portfolio of work produced in program courses; the requirements of the portfolio are covered in ENG 300.

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 works of literature.
  • Compose sophisticated written works of literary analysis, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.
  • Analyze popular media texts and their effects on consumers.
  • Identify issues and challenges confronting middle and secondary school English teachers in the public schools.
  • Discuss language structures, language acquisition, linguistic diversity and the development of literacy.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in English with Single-Subject Matter Preparation 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 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. 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 (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (14 courses; 63 quarter units)
Note: ENG300 should be taken as early in the student’s program as possible; it requires a 31.5 hour observation in the public schools.
Core Requisite(s):
Upper-Division Elective (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)
Students can use any upper-division course in the College of Letters and Sciences to fulfill the Upper-Division Elective Requirement.
Portfolio Requirement
In order to receive the Single Subject Matter Preparation equivalency letter, all students must submit a portfolio of work completed in program classes. (Note: The portfolio is not a graduation requirement.) The specific requirements of this portfolio are discussed in ENG 300. The portfolio itself is submitted upon completion of the program. Students who have completed required program coursework at other colleges or universities will need to submit work from those courses or eligible substitutions. Students or prospective students with questions about this requirement should contact the program Faculty Advisor.