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  • Course description

    ENGLISH PROGRAM ONE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING CERTIFICATE (6-12)/BACHELOR OF ARTS

    Total Credit Hours: 128
    Major Credit Hours: 38

    The Department of English features a fully approved English Language Arts program that prepares candidates to teach grades 6-12 in Illinois public and private schools. The program is approved by the State Teacher Certification 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 Program One: English Language Arts must declare a major in Secondary Education.  See advisors in the Department of English and College of Education for specific approval and a list of required courses.

    Teacher Candidates seeking a Type 09 Teaching Certificate in English Language Arts must complete 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.


    I. Core Courses in English Language Arts (38)
    A. General Requirements (23)
    06-250 Introduction to Textual Studies (3)
    06-310 Advanced Writing (3)
    (Please note: Advanced Writing fulfills the general education writing requirement. Other writing courses may be substituted for 06-310 with permission: 06-300 Writing for the Professions; 06-311 Introduction to Creative Writing; 06-306 Editing for Publishing; 06-307 The Electronic Word; or writing courses from other departments with the approval of the Chair of English.)
    06-314 Linguistics (3)
    06-315 Grammar for Teachers (1)
    06-316 Teaching Writing (3)
    06-318 Writing Center Practicum (1)
    06-228 Adolescent Literature (3)
    06-360 Shakespeare (3)
    06-380 Writing Portfolio (0)
    (Please note: In consultation with their advisors in the Department of English, majors must submit a portfolio of writing for review, representing assignments and projects completed in courses. Students register for 06-380 during their final semester before graduation. Further information can be obtained from the student’s advisor and the Chair of English.)
    06-420 Literary Theory and Criticism (3)
    B. Choose one of the following: (3)
    06-341 American Literature Beginnings to 1860 (3)
    OR
    06-343 American Literature 1860 to 1912 (3)
    C. Choose one of the following: (3)
    06-351 British Literature Beginnings to 1700 (3)
    OR
    06-353 British Literature 1700 to 1910 (3)
    D. Choose one of the following (a 20th-century course is strongly advised): (3)
    06-341 American Literature Beginnings to 1860 (3)
    06-343 American Literature 1860 to 1912 (3)
    06-345 American Literature 1912 to Present (3)
    06-351 British Literature Beginnings to 1700 (3)
    06-353 British Literature 1700 to 1910 (3)
    06-355 British Literature 1910 to Present (3)
    E. Multicultural Literature: Choose one of the following: (3)
    06-334 Non-Western Literature (3)
    06-346 Topics in Immigrant Literatures (3)
    06-347 Native American Literature (3)
    06-348 African American Literature (3)
    F. One English Elective (3)

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

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