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Bachelor of Science in English with Teacher Licensure

(Communication Arts & Literature)

  • Preparation for teaching English in high school

If you have a passion for literature and writing, and a passion for teaching, the English Department's unique and innovative BS/TL is for you. It of course meets the requirements of the State of Minnesota, but it goes well beyond that. Faculty, many of them former high school teachers, stay in touch with teaching alumni. When suggestions are made, the department listens.

  • Alumni say they now have to teach professional writing. We added courses to the program.
  • They wish they had more preparation for teaching literature. We added Shakespeare for Teachers.
  • They tell us Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools helps them be better teachers. Few schools offer it. We do.
  • When they are in their first jobs, they want to stay in touch. We encourage it. We invite them to visit with their classes and to share their students' work with our teachers-in-training.

Courses Taught by Professional Educators

The professors who teach this and other courses once taught in public schools themselves. Our program is strong and innovative because we are closely connected with practicing high school teachers and because the professors who teach most of the licensure courses have taught in public schools themselves.

In addition to English Department courses, you will take Professional Education courses required by the State of Minnesota, including Developmental Reading, Methods of Teaching, and The Professional Teacher, and you will student teach in a public school.

What about Jobs?

The US Department of Labor Statistics predicts a twelve percent increase in the opportunities for teachers over the next ten years.