English and Education

Graduates of the Notre Dame English Department work in all areas of education from elementary to higher education and teach a remarkable array of subjects.

We've heard from many graduate who have had long, gratifying careers teaching English as well as other subject, many of them going on to take on administrative posts.  Our majors also land in a vast array of educational settings. There's a teacher of English survival skills to recently-arrived refugees, a professor of English at the University of Chicago, a teacher at a New York inner city school that has ranked #41 in U.S. News and World Report rankings of American high school, a dean of Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State, a high school principal at the American International School-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and a professor in the program on justice and peace at Georgetown University, to name just a few.

Preparing for a teaching career

Education certification. Students may pursue the certification through the Education Department at Saint Mary's College. For advising on this program, contact Professor Stuart Greene. Alternatively, you can pursue education certification in a variety of post-graduate programs.

Service programs. Each year we place a significant number of students in service teaching programs, in particular the Alliance for Catholic Education and Teach for America both of which provide training and experience in teaching. For details consult the respective program websites.

Higher education. Teaching at the college level requires an advanced degree, normally the Ph.D. for literary studies and the M.F.A. for creative writing. Consult with your advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies about pursing advanced studies in English or Creative Writing.