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English Teaching/Education

Sharing your passion for English

Teaching Shakespeare to high school students, or reading “Bud, Not Buddy” with middle school students—these are no small tasks. We’ve all been there as young students, and we can appreciate the fact that it’s a rare teen who simply LOVES to read and willingly devours the classics of the canon.

The role of a secondary English teacher is complex and empowering; it’s not only knowing the classics, but also introducing students to new voices and texts, helping them explore 21st century literacies, and providing a space for them to share their own writing with real audiences. It’s having the passion for both the texts and the kids, enabling that kind of teaching that inspires young readers and writers to enjoy literature and the lessons it offers about life, and often about themselves.

This is the transformative learning that can come from teachers who bring their own love of the language and story to the classroom, and this is the kind of teacher UW-Eau Claire produces year after year.

English Teaching emphasis mission statement

The mission of the English education emphasis is to prepare students for licensure as 6-12 grade English language arts teachers.

English Teaching emphasis learning outcomes

Apply knowledge of subject area, student learning, educational research, and pedagogical theory to instructional design.

English student and David Shih at awards ceremony

Teaching in the city of a hundred spires

Like many education seniors, English education major Grace Luebben will be completing her long-awaited student teaching semester. Unlike most students, however, Luebben will complete this work in Prague, Czech Republic.

World class teaching experience
Learning disabilities in the regular classroom

Excellent education

The Teacher Education Program produces top-notch teachers who go on to do great things. We think you should be one of them! See what sets our education program apart from the rest.

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Following state guidelines

The English teaching/education major at UW-Eau Claire is designed to prepare graduates for licensure to teach grades 6-12 English language arts in the state of Wisconsin. In alignment with state goals, the program follows the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) criteria for learning outcomes, which can be found in full below.

  1. The interrelatedness of the language arts: speaking, listening, creating media, responding to media, reading and writing.
  2. Using language to fit a variety of audiences and purposes.
  3. The developmental processes whereby individuals acquire, understand, and use oral, visual, and written language.
  4. The structure and history of the English language including traditional and modern grammars and the integration of these studies within the English Language Arts program.
  5. Historic and recent rhetorical theories regarding aims and modes of written and oral discourse, cultural and situational factors, and considerations of audience.
  6. Strategies for formulating questions and conducting research using a variety of sources and reporting findings in a variety of formats and media.
  7. Representative works of major writers, including Shakespeare.
  8. The function and variety of literary forms, including fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.  
  9. Approaches to analyzing, interpreting, evaluating, and appreciating print and non-print texts, reflecting interactions among reader, text, and context.
  10. Writing as a recursive thinking process including prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, and presenting.
  11. Writing, speaking, and creating media for a variety of audiences including technical and professional.
  12. A wide repertoire of strategies for teaching reading.
  13. Effective listening and viewing in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, media-related and social.
  14. Various approaches to assessing oral, visual, and written communication such as analytical, holistic, and trait scoring, peer evaluation, self-evaluation, portfolios, and conferences.
  15. Designing curriculum and instruction within the framework of Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards in English language arts and implementing local and state assessment activities based upon those standards.
  16. A breadth of literary expression by female and male authors, both classic and contemporary, including a representative body of
    • American literature encompassing works of diverse cultural and ethnic groups.
    • Literature of the British Isles and of other English speaking countries.
    • International literature.
    • Young adult literature.

Words of wisdom from faculty

Christina Berchini, assistant professor of English education at UW-Eau Claire, recently published a compelling piece in an educators' blog titled "Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care." In her piece, Berchini responds to a letter sent to her by a former English education student who finds himself facing some of the struggles inherent to the profession. The poignant response offers sage advice, while reminding her former student of his gifts and the noble purpose of his career choice. Read the full blog post at the link below.

This may be my last year teaching: Advice to new teachers

Students working on class Twitter story

Twitter as a writing tool

In an English education methods class, students wrote an explorative story about the restrictive ways in which students are taught to write. The class crafted the story using an ironically nontraditional medium — Twitter.

Making their point
UW-Eau Claire alumnus Travis Schuh in his sixth-grade classroom

Outstanding educator

Travis Schuh, a 2012 UW-Eau Claire English education graduate, has been honored as an outstanding educator in the greater Green Bay area for his work as a sixth-grade English language arts teacher at Wrightstown Middle School.

Getting through to kids
  • Prepare a what-if degree audit with your desired major and minor. (If you need help generating a what-if degree audit, please contact the LTS Help Desk, tel. 715-836-5711).
  • Get an advising packet for your proposed English major/minor and mark off courses that you have already taken. If you have completed three or more semesters, sketch out your remaining semesters on the degree plan (the last page of the advising packet). Advising packets are available from the kiosk outside the English Department Office, on the 4th floor of Centennial Hall. They are also available on the English Department website on the page regarding the particular emphasis.
  • If you are an ARCC student with an ARCC advisor, meet with that advisor. Bring a copy (either paper or electronic) of your what-if degree audit and your marked up advising guide.
  • If you are a student with a traditional department advisor, meet with the English Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies (during office hours or by appointment) and bring a copy (either paper or electronic) of your what-if degree audit and your marked up advising guide.

Please contact Alaina Guns ( or Joanne Erickson ( or stop in the English Department office (Centennial Hall 4102) to make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

For a more complete look at the English requirements and course descriptions, see the online course catalog.
Additional admission information and licensure requirements for the College of Education and Human Sciences are available in the online catalog.

LE Advising guides

GE Advising guides

English Education Evaluation Form


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