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English, BA, Secondary Education Frequently Asked Questions

The benefit of an English degree is the versatility of the skillset built throughout the program. Effective communication, situating one’s voice in writing, and critical reading and writing are all skills applicable to any discipline, and any professional job post-graduation.

Students will work closely with professors to learn how to produce a diverse set of professional, creative, and persuasive texts, ultimately developing oral and written language skills that are transferable to corporate, creative, or collegiate settings.

The concentration in Secondary Studies prepares students specifically for the needs of teaching English at the secondary level, giving them all the tools they need for certification, and the background to be prepared as a teacher. In addition, the English degree training also prepares student for a wide range of jobs in Advertising, Arts & Entertainment, Broadcasting, Business, Editing, Education, Law, Library Science, Publishing, Print & Digital and more. 

This program provides the necessary educational requirements towards your teaching certificate, and the School of Education will assist students in submitting proper documentation to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and understanding and completing the GACE content assessment. View more information.

Absolutely. Georgia has many openings for middle and high school English teachers.

Our students have extensive experiences in local area schools, including field visits, a semester-long practicum for a day and a half each week, and a semester-long student-teaching internship where our students are in a mentor teacher’s classroom all day, every weekday for twelve weeks in the spring semester. During the internship, student teachers teach daily, including six weeks of full-time teaching. Each of these field experiences is supervised by Clayton State professors who visit, observe, and support student teachers in action.

A detailed description of the requirements for admission can be found in the catalog.

Contact Dr. Mary Lamb, Department of English Chair, at or Dr. Dennis Attick, Assistant Dean, School of Education at