Bachelor of Arts in English with an Inspired Teaching and Learning and a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential (California)

The Bachelor of Arts in English with Inspired Teaching and Learning and a Preliminary Single Subject Credential provides a rigorous education preparing 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 teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for entry into California’s teaching profession as an English teacher. It is designed for teacher candidates who will be dedicated to inspiring all K12 learners by ensuring for them: social-emotional thriving, meaningful academic achievement, and equitable and inclusive learning communities. Courses meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements for a Preliminary Single Subjects Teaching Credential.

*Please Note: To avoid interruptions to program progress and/or financial aid arrangements, students need to satisfy/pass the Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST) and Subject Matter Competency Requirement (e.g., CSET) PRIOR to starting the single credential area method courses.

For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education’s 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.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in English with Inspired Teaching and Learning and a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential (California), 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)
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