English Education

Students wishing to teach English in the public high schools should pursue the following course of study, working carefully with advisors in the English department as well as in the Education department to make sure that they are fulfilling all state requirements.

Requirements for the Major in English with Secondary Teaching Licensure

39 units of English, establishing a breadth of literary knowledge through ENG 2110, 2120, 2210, 2220, and 2310; a depth of writing knowledge through 2040, 3220, and 3230, and a depth of literary knowledge through 3620, 3740, 4550, and one of the following: 3420, 3500, 4140, or 3440, plus an additional upper-division elective in English. In addition, students must complete the concentration in Education, consisting of EDU 2000, 2400, 2420, 2510, 3300, 3420, 4070, 4110, 4190, 4200, EDU 4500, and SPE 2550; and foreign language courses in one language through the 2020-level or demonstration of competence.

Additional requirements to apply for the Teacher Education Program

  1. Cumulative overall grade point average of at least 2.7
  2. Must have successfully completed a minimum of 60 s.h. to include: ENG 1010, ENG 1020, HIS 1040, MAT 1050 (or higher), OCL 1510 ,3 s.h. of Science, and 3 s.h. of Fine Arts
  3. Passing scores on any test required by the TEP and/or by the North Carolina State Board of Education
  4. A grade of C (2.0) or better in each course of the student’s major
  5. A grade of C (2.0) or better in the professional sequence: EDU 2420, EDU 2000, EDU 2510, and SPE 2550
  6. Three recommendations from faculty
  7. Review and approval of the student’s application by the Teacher Education Committee
  8. A post-admission interview of the Teacher Education Candidate, by the Director of Student Teaching and Field Experience, the Specialty Area Coordinator, and the Subject Area Faculty Specialist


A student must apply and be admitted into the Teacher Education Program to enroll in 3000 and 4000 level courses within the Professional Licensure area (EDU 3300, 3420, 4070, 4100, 4110, 4120, 4130, 4140, 4160, 4170, 4180, 4200, 4210, 4470; and SWK 4750).  For more information, see the Teacher Education Program.

NC State Board of Education Complaint Process

The North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) has jurisdiction to investigate allegations of noncompliance regarding specific laws and rules. Complaints may address Educator Preparation Program requirements set forth in Article 15(D) of Chapter 115C. The SBE does not have jurisdiction over complaints related to contractual arrangements with an EPP, commercial issues, obtaining a higher grade or credit for training, or seeking reinstatement to an EPP. All complaints filed with the SBE must be in writing. A person or entity may file a written complaint with SBE by filling out a complaint form and submitting online and/or mailing or faxing a hard copy to the address on the form.

Program Faculty & Staff

Nancy Alexander, Distinguished Service Professor of English

Nancy Alexander

Distinguished Service Professor of English
(910) 630-7695
Michael Colonnese, McLean Professor of English

Dr. Michael Colonnese

McLean Professor of English
(910) 630-7085
Morgan Dancy, Instructor of English

Morgan Dancy

Instructor of English
(910) 630-7320
Marian Dillahunt, Assistant Professor of English

Marian Dillahunt

Assistant Professor of English
(910) 630-7068
Cameron Dodworth, Associate Professor of English

Dr. Cameron Dodworth

Associate Professor of English
(910) 480-8571
Vickie Erben, Assistant Professor of Education

Vickie Erben

Assistant Professor of Education
(910) 630-7489
Robin Greene, Professor of English & Writing

Robin Greene

Professor of English & Writing
(910) 630-7110
Emily Howson, Instructor of English

Emily Howson

Instructor of English
(910) 630-7163
Brenda Jernigan, Associate Professor of English

Brenda Jernigan

Associate Professor of English
(910) 630-7454
Laura Lamm, Assistant Professor of English

Laura Lamm

Assistant Professor of English
(910) 630-7637
Whitney Larrimore Strickland, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Whitney Larrimore Strickland

Assistant Professor of English
(910) 630-7360
Emily Leverett, Associate Professor of English

Dr. Emily Leverett

Associate Professor of English
(910) 630-7453
Megan Roberts, Assistant Professor of English

Megan Roberts

Assistant Professor of English
(910) 630-7655
Stephanie Teasley, Instructor of English

Stephanie Teasley

Instructor of English
(910) 630-7086
Dr. Kelly Walter Carney, Chair, Department of English

Dr. Kelly Walter Carney

Chair, English & Writing
(910) 630-7376
Shannon Ward, Assistant Professor of English

Shannon Ward

Assistant Professor of English
(910) 630-7045
Emily Wright, Professor of English

Dr. Emily Wright

Professor of English
(910) 630-7551

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