English Major in English Language Arts High School Teaching License (9-12) / Bachelor of Arts

Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 44-46

The Department of English Studies features a fully approved English Language Arts program that prepares candidates to teach grades 9-12 in Illinois public and private schools.  The program is approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education and includes all the requirements for a major in English Language Arts.  English majors specializing in Concentration One: English Language Arts must declare majors in both English and Secondary Education.  See advisors in the Department of English Studies and College of Education for specific approval and a list of required courses.

Teacher Candidates seeking a Professional Educator License with a English Language Arts Endorsement must complete all requirements of the College of Education (College of Education) and the following coursework in the content area as well as professional education courses. For a detailed description of the courses, please click on the appropriate link. Only grades of “C” and above are acceptable in professional education courses and in any courses counted toward any endorsement or certificate. A “C-” or lower grade will require that the course be repeated.

Degree Requirements

Program: BA-ENGL-A
Concentration: SCED

I. Core Courses in English Language Arts Teacher Licensure (44-46)

A. Required Courses in Literature

ENGL-23500U.S. Literature: Beginnings to 1865

3

ENGL-23600U.S. Literature: 1865 to Present

3

ENGL-23700British Literature: Beginnings to 1800

3

ENGL-23800British Literature: 1800 to Present

3

ENGL-25000Introduction to English Studies

3

ENGL-33800Teaching Young Adult Literature

3

ENGL-36000Shakespeare

3

B. Required Courses in Language and Writing

ENGL-31500Grammar for Teachers

2

ENGL-31600Teaching Writing

3

ENGL-31800Writing Center Practicum

1

Students may attempt to test out of ENGL 31500.

Choose one course on the Structure of Language:
ENGL-31400Linguistics

3

FLAN-XXXXXSecond of two semesters of a Foreign Language

3

SPED-20200Sign Language 1

3

CPSC-20000Introduction to Computer Science

3

Second-Semester Foreign Language courses include but are not limited to FLAN 10400 First-Year Spanish 2, FLAN 20400 Spanish for Heritage Speakers 2, FLAN 10800 First-Year Arabic 2, FLAN 11200 First-Year Chinese 2, FLAN 11400 First-Year Japanese 2, FLAN 11800 First-Year Polish 2, FLAN 12200 First-Year Russian 2, FLAN 12400 First-Year French 2, FLAN 12600 First-Year Italian 2, FLAN 12800 First-Year German 2, and so forth.

C. Advanced Writing Requirement

The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by successful completion of one of the following:
ENGL-30000Introduction to Professional Writing

3

ENGL-30100Rhetoric for Writers

3

ENGL-30200Writing in the Disciplines

3

ENGL-30600Editing for Publishing

3

ENGL-30700The Electronic Word: Computers and Writing in Theory and Practice

3

ENGL-30800Technical Writing

3

ENGL-30900Topics in Writing

3

ENGL-31000Advanced Writing

3

ENGL-31100Introduction to Creative Writing

3

ENGL-31200Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing

3

ENGL-31900Publishing Practicum: Jet Fuel Review

3

ENGL-32100Writing Digital Media

3

Courses listed above fulfill the University’s General Education advanced writing requirement for English majors.

D. Multicultural Literature: choose one of the following:

ENGL-33400Non-Western Literature

3

ENGL-33500U.S.-Latino Literature

3

ENGL-33600Latin American Literature

3

ENGL-33900Topics in World Authors

3

ENGL-34600Topics in Ethnic and Immigrant Literatures

3

ENGL-34700Native American Literature

3

ENGL-34800African American Literature

3

ENGL-35600Post-Colonial Literatures in English

3

ENGL-37600World/Ethnic Film

3

E. Advanced Study in Literature: choose one of the following:

ENGL-34100Advanced Study in Early U.S. Literature

3

ENGL-34300Advanced Study in 19th-Century U.S. Literature

3

ENGL-34500Advanced Study in Modern and Postmodern U.S. Literature

3

ENGL-35100Advanced Study in Early British Literature

3

ENGL-35300Advanced Study in 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature

3

ENGL-35500Advanced Study in Modern and Postmodern British Literature

3

ENGL-44000Seminar in U.S. Authors

3

ENGL-45000Seminar in British Authors

3

F. Required Capstone Experiences

ENGL-38000The ePortfolio Seminar

1

ENGL-46000Senior Seminar in English Studies

3

G. English Elective: choose one of the following:

ENGL-23400Introduction to Poetry

3

ENGL-27000Introduction to Film Studies

3

ENGL-33100 to ENGL 45000(any course not already applied to the major)

3

H. ePortfolio

In consultation with their advisors in the Department of English Studies, majors must submit an ePortfolio of writing for review. The ePortfolio represents assignments and projects completed in courses. Students should register to take ENGL 38000 ePortfolio during the final semester before graduation; i.e., the semester in which they plan to graduate. Further information can be obtained from the student’s advisor and the department chair.

II. Please see Secondary Education / Bachelor of Arts for required Education courses.