The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's teaching - English and language arts bachelor's degree prepares you to become a certified English and language arts teacher in grades 4-12. Taught by passionate, supportive faculty members, coursework will help you to learn best practices and effective instructional techniques when teaching writing, speaking, reading and literature.
The majority of the major is made up of courses chosen by you. Explore the nature and structure of human language, different types of communication, writing styles, language myths and how literature has changed over time. This broad range — and incredible flexibility — allows you to personalize your studies and focus on the areas that most interest you.
Professional development is a key focus of the major. Through projects, labs and fieldwork, you'll gain the tools and skills needed to develop successful students. The opportunity to assist teachers in their classrooms throughout your four years — as well as student teach for a full semester — will help you to build your leadership skills, identify your preferred teaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners.
Upon completion of the teaching - English and language arts major, you'll have experience collaborating, exercising creativity and communicating effectively — as well as a strong understanding of the many facets of literacy and language. Our graduates go on to instill a love and appreciation for language, reading and writing in elementary, middle and high school students, helping them to grow on both a personal and academic level.
UW-Eau Claire has built a supportive community and alumni network that can help students pay for college. Many incoming students are automatically awarded scholarships for having outstanding academic achievements, but there are also additional scholarships reserved for students seeking an English and language arts teaching degree. For example, the Elizabeth G. Morris Scholarship awards two scholarships (from $2,950 up to $5,900) to students who wish to become English teachers.
The scholarship is made possible by Elizabeth Morris, who worked for 24 years in the UW-Eau Claire English department. She believed that one of the most important challenges the university faced was not just to train teachers but to educate them in the disciplines they would be taking into Wisconsin schools. This scholarship is intended to continue her work.
Learn more about which resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your teaching - English and language arts degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.
Teaching - English and language arts program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major does not require a minor.
- Aspiring Educators
- Blugold Beginnings
- Collegiate National Association for Music Educators (CNAfME)
- English Ambassadors
- English Festival
- Sigma Tau Delta
The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Please note:
- The licensure information assumes that a student has obtained a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state.
- "Meets requirements" means that a student is eligible for a license with stipulations, typically for 1-3 years, in that state. The stipulations are likely to be specific testing requirements and/or competency through a course or examination of the history, culture and/or constitution of the specific state. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
- State licensure requirements may change at any time. While the listing will be updated annually, a student must be aware that any particular state could move from Does Not Meet to Meets to Undetermined and back again over the course of a degree program.
- Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, District of Columbia
The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Delaware, New Jersey, New York
It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Global experiences. Partaking in cultural and global experiences is highly encouraged at UWEC. English majors regularly choose to take their education a step further by studying abroad in places like Japan, France, Italy, South Korea and Australia. Cultural immersion programs have allowed students to better understand the world around them, while directly immersing them in new and different cultures. Past programs have explored transnationalism in Jamaica; cultural practices of the Hmong in Fresno, California; and the Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Skill-building curriculum. A variety of literature, culture, theory and film courses — as well as English and communication and journalism electives — allow you to become an expert in multiple areas. Explore topics in visual communication, social media, audio and video production, British literature, popular culture, poetry, drama and linguistics. A class focused on literature for middle and high school ages will introduce you to trends relevant to young-adult literature, genres, strategies to promote reading, and teaching techniques to use in any language arts classroom.
Collaborative research opportunities. The English department at UW-Eau Claire offers countless opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, including the chance to conduct groundbreaking research. Alongside dedicated faculty members, your work could lead to publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at regional or national conferences.
Connection to local employers. To help you explore career opportunities and make valuable connections, we host an annual Education Job Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the field of education. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.
Graduates of the teaching - English and language arts program leave well prepared to educate, motivate and inspire the next generation. Upon completion of the program, you will be certified to teach any English and language arts courses in grades 4-12.
Where are teaching - English and language arts alumni now?
- English teacher, DeLong Middle School, Wisconsin
- English teacher, Jonathan Alder Local Schools, Ohio
- English teacher, Wauwatosa School District, Wisconsin
- English teacher, Kewaskum School District, Wisconsin
- English teacher, Eau Claire Area School District, Wisconsin
- English teacher, Forest Lake Area Schools, Minnesota
Being a Blugold means having an incredible number of opportunities. Since I've been on campus I've had the ability to do so many different things that I never thought I'd be doing! Whether it's conducting research, heading service projects or being a part of organizations, I've been offered so many opportunities.
The curriculum within the teaching - English and language arts program is diverse and all-encompassing. Classes explore the theories and methods of teaching English and language arts in elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Lab courses and field experience will provide you with hours of student-teaching experience, helping you to learn — and apply — best practices and effective teaching and classroom management techniques.
You'll also work closely with future educators, making important relationships and connections along the way. Your cohort will include people who, like you, are passionate about English and language arts and are interested in working with kids and young adults.
Classes for teaching - English and language arts majors may include:
- Introduction to Critical Studies
- Introductory English Linguistics
- Introduction to Theory and Criticism
- Histories and Theories of Rhetoric
- Topics in American Ethnic Literature
- Introduction to English Education Methods
- Social Foundations: Human Relations
- Literature For Adolescents
- Communication in Contemporary Society
- American Literature to 1865
Learn more about the comprehensive teaching - English and language arts major in the UWEC course catalog.
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