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College of Arts and Humanities

English/Language Arts Teaching Major

The English/Language Arts Teaching Major, in combination with the Professional Education Program, prepares you for a teaching career at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. Our program blends knowledge of English Studies with methods of teaching Language Arts, including courses on teaching multicultural literature, young adult literature, and writing.

Before you declare the major:

Complete your general education Composition and Literature requirements. These courses are not pre-requisites, but we strongly recommended them as preparation. Community college students planning to transfer to CWU can take equivalent courses.

  • Academic Writing I 
  • Academic Writing II 
  • Humanities Knowledge Area 

Please note: Completing these courses does not guarantee admission to Central Washington University or to the degree program.

Applying for the major:

Meet with our English/Language Arts Teaching advisor, Dr. Bobby Cummings, to apply for the major and develop a plan for completing your program. You will also need contact Debbie Strand, in Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership Department at Deborah.Strand@cwu.edu.

Completing the English/Language Arts Teaching Major

Since the English/Language Arts Teaching Major and the Professional Education Program require a combined 120 credits, you will likely need more than two years to complete the program.

Take these courses
early in your program:

  • ENG 302 Poetry and Poetics
  • ENG 303 Principles of English Studies
  • ENG 222 Multicultural Literature for Teachers

Take these courses near
the end of your program,
prior to student teaching:

  • ENG 422 Teaching Young Adult Literature
  • ENG 430 Teaching Writing in the Secondary School
  • ENG 488 Teaching Portfolio
  • ENG 492 Practicum

English 422, 430, and 492 are required prior to student teaching. English 430 and 492 must be taken concurrently. All other major requirements must be completed before or be completed concurrently with enrollment in ENG 488. Enrollment in ENG 488 is by permission.

Two-year Schedule

Required Courses (45 credits)

Required Courses (45 credits)

2019-2020

2020-2021 TBA

ENG 222 Multicultural Literature for Teachers (5)

F 

S

 

 

  

ENG 302 Poetry and Poetics (5)

F

W

S

 

 

 

 

ENG 303 Principles of Eng. Studies (5)

F

W

S

 

 

 

 

ENG 320 English Grammar (5)

F

W

S

 

 

 

 

ENG 363 Shakespeare (5*)

 

W

S

  

 

 

ENG 420 English Linguistics (5)

 W     

ENG 422 Teaching Young Adult Literature (5)

 W 

 

 

 

 

ENG 430 Teach. Writing Secondary School (5)

F

W

   

 

 

ENG 488 Teaching Portfolio (2)

F

W

   

 

 

ENG 492 Practicum (3)

F

W

   

 

 

Select two courses in Literature, History, & Culture (10 credits)

Literature, History & Culture Courses (10 credits required)

2019-2020

2020-2021 TBA

ENG 330 African American Literature (5)

       

ENG 331 Latino/a Literature (5)

  S   

 

ENG 332 American Indian Literature (5)

 W     

ENG 333 Asian American Literature (5)

 

W

  

 

  

ENG 334 American Indian Oral & Nonfiction Literature (5)

       

ENG 335 Women's Literature (5)

       

ENG 336 Race & Literature (5)

     

 

 

ENG 337 LGBTQ+ Literature (5)

F 

 

   

 

ENG 371 Literature & History I (5*)

  S    

ENG 372 Literature & History II (5*)

F      

ENG 373 Literature & History III (5*)

 W     

ENG 374 Literature & History IV (5*)

  S    

    *May be repeated for credit under different subtitle

Select one Literary Forms course (5 credits)

Literary Forms Course (5 credits required)

2019-2020

2020-2021 TBA

ENG/TH 380 Studies in Drama (5*)

       

ENG 453 Studies in Fiction (5*)

 

 

S

   

 

ENG 454 Studies in Nonfiction (5*)

 W  

 

  

ENG 455 Studies in Poetry (5*)

F      

    *May be repeated for credit under different subtitle

Select one Writing course (5 credits)

Creative Writing Course (5 credits required)

2019-2020

2020-2021 TBA

ENG 263 Intro to Creative Writing (5)

F

W

S

Sum

 

 

 

ENG 364 Fiction Writing (5)

F

W

   

 

 

ENG 365 Poetry Writing (5)

F

W  

 

  

ENG 366 Creative Nonfiction Writing (5)

  

S

   

 

Select one Critical Studies course (5 credits)

Critical Studies Course (5 credits required)

2019-2020

2020-2021 TBA

ENG 415 Critical Studies in American Literature (5*)

  

S

   

 

ENG 417 Critical Studies in World Literature (5*)

 

W

   

 

 

ENG 419 Critical Studies in British Literature (5*)

F

   

 

  

    *May be repeated for credit under different subtitle

Total: 70 credits

 

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