The English Education program seeks to develop perceptive and critical thinking abilities through the study of literature and the English language and to provide creative and researched methods of writing to express these insights. Students interested in teaching English and literature will leave furnished with a versatile communication skill set necessary to be successful in secondary education settings.
Guided by faculty in both the English program and the School of Education, English Education majors will learn from the best of both departments, so that they may successfully teach their own classes in the future.
Examples of courses in this major:
A course for students who have mastered college-ready writing and whose academic or career objectives require professional-level writing skills. This class is designed to introduce students to theories of written communication; expand their rhetorical skills; improve the clarity, accuracy, grammar, and structure of their writing; and give them experience writing for different audiences across a variety of platforms (including digital media). In addition to extensive writing, the course involves interactive workshops where students learn to give and receive useful feedback to improve their and others’ writing.
A survey of the development of American literature from colonial times through revolutionist, romantic and transcendentalist prose, poetry and fiction up to mid-19th century, augmented by select longer fictional works.
A study of the era, life and works of this great literary master, with a close reading and video viewing of his histories, comedies and tragedies as well as a study of his other poetic contributions.
An exploration of major works of world literature representing a variety of genres, periods, and/or cultures (excluding American and British).
A study of the history, characteristics, genres, and cultural and pedagogical significance of young adult literature. This course also addresses issues related to the teaching and study of young adult literature such as censorship, diversity, and curriculum development.
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college students in making career decisions relative to this profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.
A study of the philosophy, curriculum and methods of teaching English at the secondary level, concentrating upon skills, knowledge and dispositions that need to be possessed by the teacher and fostered among students. Tutorial and observational contact with the secondary school is an integral part of the course.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.S. in Elementary Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.A. in Education, Ball State University; Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, Walden University
Laurinda Owen joined the Grace faculty in 2001 after 17 years of teaching elementary education in the public school system. In 2010, she was appointed Dean of the School of Education, but continues to teach all levels of Education students. She was recognized for her hands-on, practical, applied and innovative teaching with Grace College's Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004. Owen is actively involved in local scholarship committees. Her family attends Warsaw Community Church, where she is a storyteller for the 4-year old room, serves on the Thread Team, and volunteers as a barista in the coffee shop. Laurinda lives in Winona Lake with her husband, Randy. They have four children—three of whom have already graduated from Grace.
B.A. in English Education, Grace College; M.A. in English, St. Francis College; Ph.D. in Literature, Composition, and Journalism, Ball State University
Paulette Sauders joined the faculty of Grace College in 1965. Her main areas of expertise in literature are in C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare and drama of all eras. She takes students every fall to Stratford, Canada, to see the plays at the Shakespeare Festival. She also takes students each spring break to England, visiting London, Oxford, Windsor, Stratford, Bath, Stonehenge/Salisbury and Wales. She has presented papers at Taylor University's C.S. Lewis and Friends monthly meetings as well as at their biennial C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium. She advises the school newspaper, the Sounding Board, and does editing work both for Grace College and for outside organizations and individuals.
B.A. in English, Westmont College; M.A. in English Literature, University of California (Santa Barbara); M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
Frank Benyousky joined the Grace College faculty in 1985. He specializes in English Renaissance and C. S. Lewis, has written on George MacDonald, and has completed advanced studies in communication at Notre Dame. Benyousky directed the Grace College Prison Extension program from 1989 to 2005.
B.A. in English, Baylor University; M.A. in English and Ph.D. in English, 20th-century British and Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame
Lauren Rich joined the Grace faculty in 2014 as assistant professor of English. She previously worked for several years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame. She has taught a variety of courses in the past, including a course she designed, called, "Voracious Reading: Four Centuries of Food and Fiction." Her personal interests include collecting vintage cookbooks, experimenting in the kitchen and gardening. She and her husband, Brandon, have two children, Jonah and Margot.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
What others are saying:
During my time at Grace, some of my favorite classes were in the English program. As an English Education major, I was able to experience the best of both worlds by taking English and education classes. I know that the English classes prepared me well for the teaching world. During my student teaching semester, I referred to my notes and knowledge from the many English classes I took, including American Literature, Modern American Grammar, Shakespeare and Adolescent Literature. These classes, and my professors, helped me feel prepared to teach literature, grade essays, encourage students to read, teach grammar and focus on the students as people. In this department, the professors care to know you as a person. They are willing to meet with students one on one to help with the class. By the time I graduated, each professor knew me for who I was, not only academically, but they asked after me and my life. As one who chose this college because I didn't want to just be a number on a roster, that had immeasurable value. At Grace, you are prepared to be competent in whichever career field you choose, your professors care about who you are as a person, and you are encouraged to not only grow in your knowledge mentally, but also to develop who you are, your character, and then to give back to others in service.
—Katie Graham, English Education, 2013
As an English Education major, I loved that the English classes taught me to stretch my mind and respectfully debate ideas with others, while the education classes helped me learn how to nurture and lovingly challenge students. I was confronted with diverse beliefs in the literature we read, [which] presented a challenge to me, yet my professors gently pointed me toward truth. This is the kind of teacher that I want to be.
—Jillian Jones, English Education, 2013