Department of English
English Teacher Licensure (7-12th Grade)
The education emphasis in English, offered in conjunction with the Colorado State Department of Education licensure program, prepares future teachers of English to understand and teach the diverse subject matter required for licensure. This program equips students with a wide variety of language principles and skills; practical experience in developing and presenting the process of writing; sound knowledge of approaches to literature and literary genres, periods, and authors (including a special focus on young adult literature); and an understanding of communication and media as used in English studies. In addition to meeting specified state and departmental requirements, this program offers students the opportunity to develop further specialization in writing, language, or literature to complement the major.
- No concentration
- Literature, film and media studies
- Secondary school teaching, leading to licensure
- Literature concentration
- Writing Concentration
- Linguistics emphasis
- Language emphasis
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
The English program at MSU Denver offers you opportunities to stretch intellectually, creatively and professionally through internships, student teaching, the Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society and the following:
- MSU Denver’s Annual Writing Contest
- Writing Center Internships
- Annual Undergraduate English Conference
- Metrosphere Arts and Literary Magazine
- Indian Cinema Study Abroad Course
- Student Organizations
Assistant Professor Chereka Dickerson teaches African American literature and Black women writers. She is in the process of completing her Ph.D. dissertation in U.S. minority and women’s literature.
Professor Cynthia Kuhn is the author of the Lila Maclean Mystery Series. Her debut novel, “The Semester of Our Discontent,” received the 2017 Agatha Award for best first mystery.
Professor Jason Miller is a fiction writer, screenwriter and Pushcart-Prize nominee whose work has been published in the Starry Night Literary Review, Literary Potpourri, Ink Pot #2, Burning Word and Outsider Ink among others.
“I’ve had wonderful professors who’ve inspired me to continue my education and get the best out of my education.”
Janet Hernandez, MSU Denver ’17, is the first student in MSU Denver history to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. During her Fulbright year she will teach English and Spanish to elementary school children in South Korea.
Alumni at Work
MSU Denver English program alumni have been hired by the following organizations:
- Cesar Chavez Academy
- Aurora Central High School
- Bear Creek High School
MSU Denver English alumni have been accepted for post-graduate study at numerous schools, including:
- University of Colorado, Boulder
- University of Denver
- Regis University
- University of London
- University of Oregon
- New York University
- University of California, Los Angeles
- McGill University