Graduate Certificate

Secondary English Education

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an online Secondary English Education Graduate Certificate program for teachers licensed in areas outside of secondary English education in the state of Tennessee who desire to gain the credentials to teach secondary English.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.


The Secondary English Education Graduate Certificate can be tailored to serve a variety of education career goals. For K-12 teachers licensed in areas other than secondary English education, this graduate certificate can be used towards earning an additional endorsement in secondary English Education. For K-12 teachers licensed in secondary English education at the undergraduate level, non-licensed professionals who work in informal education settings, and others who engage in high school English education instructional opportunities, this graduate certificate provides advanced coursework specifically designed to enhance capacities for designing equity-focused secondary English instruction. 



Featured Courses

Students in the Secondary English Education Graduate Certificate program are required to successfully complete the following four required courses:

REED 461: Developing Reading Skills in Content Fields

Teaching reading and study skills in content areas of school program. Extensive assessment of textbooks. Emphasis on middle school and high school.

ENED 509: Young Adult Literature in the Secondary School, Grades 7-12

Content varies. Theoretical and practical approaches to using young adult literature in the secondary English classroom.

ENED 508: Teaching Composition & Grammar in the Secondary School

Teaching various modes of writing (e.g., argumentative, narrative) and grammar.

ENED 460: Teaching Reading & Literature the Secondary School

Teaching basic reading skills and literature.

Are you ready to advance your career & teach secondary English?