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English Language Arts Education (7-12)


You love the beauty of language, and you have a desire to teach. Turn your two interests into a great career and consider becoming an English language arts teacher. You’ll get to pass on the importance of good communication to the next generation. You’ll be eligible to teach subjects such as English, composition, literature, speech, theatre, communication, journalism, and reading in grades 7-12.

Sample Program of Study




99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
If you choose the English language arts education field endorsement, you are not required to choose any other endorsements to receive your B.A. or B.S.

Hours required:
For field endorsement: 54
Professional education: 27-33
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)

Popular pairings: English as a Second Language (ESL), Speech Education (7-12)Reading and Writing (7-12)

Schools: Arts and Humanities, Education and Counseling

Departments: Language and Literature, Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation:  Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

English Language Arts Education Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid for your degree to teach English language arts.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.


Skills Learned

  • Advanced English grammar and writing
  • Teaching young adult literature
  • Classroom strategies to teach writing
  • Playwriting one-acts and full-length plays
  • Acting and performance
  • Literary analysis
  • Newswriting and journalism
  • Theatre production for high school
  • Classroom management and leadership
  • Presentation and public speaking
  • Critical thinking and reasoning
  • Professional standards and ethics
  • Oral and written communication
  • Time management 


Possible Careers

  • English teacher
  • Language arts teacher
  • Journalism teacher
  • Literature teacher
  • Theater teacher
  • Drama teacher
  • In-house tutor
  • Director or producer
  • Journalist / news writer
  • Playwright
  • Author
  • Editor



  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Publishing companies
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Businesses and organizations
  • Theater companies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Community programs
  • Self-employment

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Publications


Activities Outside the Classroom


  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Competitions and conferences – Showcase your skills when you compete in poetry and fiction slams or the Hot Papers Contest, and meet the pros when you participate in writing programs and attend conferences.
  • The Neihardt Seminar – a special summer course taught by a visiting writer/scholar
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

As an English language arts education major, you will complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with an experienced language arts teacher to gain classroom experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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