Upon completing the approved program in English Language Arts and taking all ISBE tests, you will earn a secondary certificate (Type 09) with an endorsement in English Language Arts. You will be highly qualified to teach honors and AP courses in English, as well as lower level courses. While the secondary certificate is for grades 6-12, teaching grades 6-8 requires a middle school endorsement.
The English curriculum provides students with a sound background in interpreting literature and expository writing, and prepares you to teach these subjects to secondary students. The diversity of the secondary education English curriculum requires competence in language arts and grammar, teaching ability in several periods of literature, knowledge of various genres and major figures, and a strong background in both English and American literature.
The requirements listed reflect the most recent information from the English department. You are advised to consult the IWU catalog and your English advisor regarding current requirements for your graduating class. See the Teacher Education Program Handbook for information about program admittance, student teaching, and Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan certification requirements.
The courses below must be taken in the sequence listed. Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites. None of the courses below may be taken concurrently.
First year, spring semester or sophomore year, fall semester
|Educ 225||Education and Social Justice (CSI)|
|Sophomore year, fall or spring||Educ 255||Studying Children and Adolescents (WI)|
|Sophomore year, spring or junior year, fall||Educ 260||Middle School Philosophy (elective; required for middle school endorsement)|
|Junior year, spring||Educ 360||Curriculum and Pedagogy in English and Foreign Language|
|Senior year, fall||Educ 490||Student Teaching Seminar|
|Senior year, fall *||Educ 491||Student Teaching: English Language Arts|
|Senior year spring **||Educ 498||Educational Inquiry (WI)|
*Chicago Center participants may student teach spring semester senior year, with approval.
**Ninth semester graduates and spring semester Chicago Center candidates may take Educ 498 during the spring semester of the junior year, with department approval.
|Engl 280||Practical Criticism|
|Engl 290||Grammar and composition for middle and high school English teachers (note: this course does not count towards your major gpa).|
|Engl 480||Senior Seminar|
|Select 1 from Engl 220-259||Foundations courses (Gateway is a pre-requisite)|
|Select 2 from Engl 201, 202, 206, 211, 212, 272*||Lower Division Writing courses|
|Select 1 from Engl 200/300 level.||Writing Course|
|Select 2 from Engl 301**, 315, 325, 401||Upper Division Writing courses|
|Select 4 from Engl 300/400 level||Literature courses (one must be pre-1830 literature)|
*272 must be designated a writing course
**may be repeated for credit with different subject matter
|Select 1 from Engl 220-259||Foundations courses|
Select 1 or 2 from
Engl 170, 220, 231-272
Foundations and Literature courses
(only one unit of 170 may be counted toward the major)
|Select 5 or 6 Engl 300/400 level||Literature (one must be pre-1830 literature)|