This program is accredited by the Minnesota Professional Education and Licensing Standards Board (PELSB) to meet the content standards associated with teaching licensure in this subject area.
The BS in English for Teaching major is designed to provide broad knowledge of literacy and communication. Many students will also pursue an additional program of study that leads to a Minnesota teaching license: Communication Arts and Literature (Grades 5-12).
The English for Teaching major includes study in the following disciplines:
- Writing - the writing process, composition theory, and the ability to write in different genres for a variety of purposes and audiences;
- Reading - reading theory, the nature of reading comprehension, literary interpretation, and evaluating texts;
- Literature - the aesthetic dimensions of literary genres and analysis of historical and cultural contexts;
- Speech communication - verbal and nonverbal speech processes, listening skills, public speaking and interpersonal communication; and
- Media literacy - print and non-print media, and the effects of various electronic media on the communication process.
Student learning outcomes for the BS in English for Teaching major are based on the Minnesota Teaching Licensure Examinations (MTLE) content area for Communication Arts and Literature (Grades 5-12).
Students will be able to:
- Analyze and evaluate visual images in various media.
- Develop and produce effective media presentations.
- Develop strategies for increasing vocabulary and improving reading comprehension.
- Analyze major historical, social, cultural, and/or political aspects of literatures from around the world.
- Demonstrate strategies for effective speaking.
- Write well-organized projects which logically develop a central idea, theme, or thesis.
- Conduct and incorporate effective academic research, using appropriate citations.