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Explore the teaching - English and language arts bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

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.

Emma Nickerson works with a young girl at a California hospital during a summer immersion program.

Helping children with trauma return to the classroom

An immersion program at Shriners Children’s Hospital-Northern California is helping bridge the work of educators and social workers. Working with diverse youth who have experienced significant burns or orthopedic trauma, Emma Nickerson was one of eight Blugolds who came together to help children with trauma return to the classroom.

Students learned how to develop a trauma-sensitive classroom and ensure a child with a disability receives accommodations at school that allows them to succeed in their classroom upon their return. It was a meaningful experience for Emma, and one that will help shape her future work in multiple ways.

“These opportunities add to my academic experiences at UWEC in a way that a class never could,” Emma said. “My time at Shriners gave me real-life experience in this field and also a new awareness of teaching children. This new knowledge can help me in my future career as a teacher to help create a positive transition and be an advocate for my students who have experienced trauma in their lives." 

Teaching - English and language arts degree scholarships

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.

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Quick facts

Teaching - English and language arts program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
Student organizations
  • Aspiring Educators
  • Blugold Beginnings
  • Collegiate National Association for Music Educators (CNAfME)
  • English Ambassadors
  • English Festival
  • NOTA
  • Sigma Tau Delta

Licensure information

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:

  1. The licensure information assumes that a student has obtained a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state.
  2. "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.
  3. 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.
  4. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (tep@uwec.edu).

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

Teaching - English and language arts bachelor's degree program highlights

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.

What jobs can you get with a teaching - English and language arts degree from UWEC?

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?

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.

Sam Schwiebert English Education
Milwaukee Immerison

Immersion program gives future teachers real-world experience

Alison Wagener spent just a week working with students in an urban Milwaukee middle school — but the experience made an impact that will last a lifetime. As part of a spring break immersion program, Alison and 16 other Blugolds worked alongside teaching professionals in a K-8 school for the arts in Milwaukee, learning new techniques and important lessons along the way. 

The unique opportunity gives future teachers experience in different school environments, preparing them to meet the needs of the diverse students they will someday have in their classrooms. It also gives them real-world experience and a better understanding of the responsibilities that go with being an educator.

"Being in the classroom and getting hands-on experience in a field that I'm passionate about was more than worth it," Alison said. "I was placed in a middle school setting, and the hardest part for me was getting to know the students who were really struggling — not just academically, but also emotionally. I had to take a step back and understand that school wasn't always their main priority, even though it's mine as a teacher. I know that this opportunity has definitely helped me and my classmates grow as future educators."

Teaching - English and language arts bachelor's degree program curriculum

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:

Learn more about the comprehensive teaching - English and language arts major in the UWEC course catalog.

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