Dr. Charles Swadley
Associate Professor of English and Spanish
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English Education is part of the Teacher Education Division in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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What makes an OBU English Education degree special?
Our English education majors receive survey foundations in English and American Literature and choose two from among four genre courses (poetry, fiction, drama, film), especially useful for those who plan to teach high school language arts. At the junior-senior level, students choose at least one from among several “Major Authors” courses, which feature more intensive studies of selected authors or periods. In addition, there are some requirements in other courses, such as creative writing, advanced composition, linguistics, and Shakespeare.
Our seniors normally score in the top five percent in national assessment tests. A very active Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society) plans a variety of events, most notably a Christmas party and an annual spring picnic. During the past several years, five to ten of our top students have been selected to present scholarly and creative papers at the national conference of Sigma Tau Delta.
What are OBU grads doing with their English Education degrees?
Our English Ed majors get teaching positions in schools in Oklahoma and in surrounding states.
What courses can I take?
One of the favorite English Ed classes is the Language Arts Methods class where you get to practice teaching composition, literature, grammar, and media. There are also lots of opportunities to observe real classrooms and to work with students at the middle and high school levels.