Wayne State College
A Degree in Language Arts Education

English Language Arts Education Degree (7-12)

English Language Arts Education Major

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

Sample Program of Study

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A. or 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: 31
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 HumanitiesEducation and Behavioral Sciences

Departments: Language and Literature, Educational Foundations and Leadership

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

Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.

Scholarships and Aid

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 to pursue your Language Arts Education degree.

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 in the English Language Arts Education program.

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Skills Learned

  • Advanced English grammar and writing
  • Young adult literature
  • Classroom strategies to teach the language arts
  • 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 

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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

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  • 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. 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 the English Language Arts Education degree program.

Outside the Classroom

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

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Clubs and Organizations

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  • 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.
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Clinical Practice

As a student majoring in English Language Arts Education, 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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