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Option Language Arts Teaching Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Education - College of Education

This option is for students wanting to earn a bachelor’s degree in Education and qualify for an Oregon Teaching License to teach English language arts at the middle school (grades 6–9) and/or high school (grades 9–12) levels.

Pre-Education Level

Students at this level will be taking general education prerequisite courses and required content course work.

Note: Pre-Education students should meet with the Double Degree Advisor at least once a year in order to ensure they are on track to meet the prerequisite and content mastery requirements prior to applying to the Professional Level.

Pre-Education General Course Work (18 credits)

Taken prior to Professional Level:
ED 216. *Purpose, Structure & Function of Education in a Democracy (3)
ED 219. Civil Rights and Multicultural Issues in Education (3)
ED 253. Learning Across the Lifespan (3) (Not required if you have taken HDFS 311, 313 and 314 with a 3.0 or higher GPA)
ED 309. Field Practicum (3) (Can be waived with 60 hours supervised/documented volunteer service)
ED 472. Foundations of ESOL Education (3) 
ED 479. Linguistics for Teachers (3)

Language Arts Content Mastery Course Work (68–71 credits)

To be completed prior to beginning the Professional Level. These Standards are based on the National Council of Teachers of English Program Standards for Initial Preparation of Teachers of English Language Arts for Middle and High School Teaching (

Standard 1. Knowledge and Understanding of the English Language (3 credits)

WR 330. *Understanding Grammar (3)

Standard 2. Knowledge of the Practices of Oral, Visual, and Written Literacy (9–11 credits)

Choose 1 course from each area:

Communication (3–4): Any COMM Course

Writing (3): Any 200-Level Writing Course

Film (3–4):
COMM 380. Image and Myth in Film (3)
FILM 110. *Introduction to Film Studies: 1895–1945 (3)
FILM 125. *Introduction to Film Studies: 1945–Present (3)
FILM 245. *The New American Cinema (4)
FILM 265. *Films for the Future (4)
FILM 452. ^Studies in Film (4)

Standard 3. Knowledge and Understanding of the Reading Process (8 credits)

ENG 345. Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory (4)
ENG 488. Literature and Pedagogy (4)

Standard 4. Knowledge and Understanding of Different Composing Processes (8 credits)

WR 411. ^The Teaching of Writing (4)
   and another upper-division writing course (3–4)

Standard 5. Knowledge and Understanding of an Extensive Range of Literature (32 credits)

American Literature Sequence (8):
ENG 253. *Survey of American Literature: Colonial to 1900 (4)
ENG 254. *Survey of American Literature: 1900 to Present (4)

Shakespeare – choose 1 course (4):
ENG 201. *Shakespeare (4)
ENG 202. *Shakespeare (4)

World Literature – choose 2 courses (8):
ENG 204. *Survey of British Literature: Beginnings to 1660 (4)
ENG 205. *Survey of British Literature: Restoration to Romantic Era (4)
ENG 206. *Survey of British Literature: Victorian Era to 20th Century (4)
ENG 210. *Literatures of the World: Asia (4)
ENG 211. *Literatures of the World: Africa (4)
ENG 212. *Literatures of the World: Meso/South American, Caribbean (4)
ENG 213. *Literatures of the World: Middle East (4)
ENG 215. *Classical Mythology (4)
ENG 221. *African-American Literature (4)

Literature before 1800 (4): Choose 1 upper-division course
Literature after 1800 (8): Choose 2 upper-division courses

Standard 6. Knowledge and Understanding of the Range and Influence of Print and Non-print Media and Technology in Contemporary Culture (3–4 credits)

Choose 1 course from below (3–4):
COMM 482. The Media in Culture and Society (3)
NMC 260. New Media Futures (3)
WR 414. Advertising and Public Relations Writing (4)
WR 495. ^Introduction to Literacy Studies (4)
WR 497. Digital Literacy and Culture (4)

Standard 7. Knowledge and Understanding of Research Knowledge, Understanding of Research Theory, and Findings in English Language Arts (5 credits)

ENG 200. Library Skills for Literacy Study (1)
ENG 488. Literature and Pedagogy (4)

Professional Level

To be accepted into the Professional Level, a student must have completed the required Pre-Education General Courses and the Content Mastery Requirements with a minimum 3.0 GPA or by special petition. In addition, students need two letters of recommendation and passing scores on all required Oregon licensure exams.

Professional Level Course Work (37–38 credits)

Taken in order during the professional year-long program.

ED 340. ^Supported Differentiated Environments (3)
ED 407. Seminar (1)
ED 409. Practicum/Clinical Experience (2) (September Experience)
ED 409. Practicum/Clinical Experience (3) (Fall Practicum)
ED 410. Internship/Work Experience (3) (Part-time Student Teaching)
ED 410. Internship/Work Experience (10) (Full-time Student Teaching)
ED 412. Learning Styles and Needs in Adolescence (2)
ED 424. Teacher as Reflective Practitioner (2)
ED 425. Curriculum Implementation and Instructional Strategies 7–12 (4)
ED 427. Alternative Assessment for Middle and High School (2)
ED 493. Reading, Literature, and Language Development in the Content (2)
   or ED 473. Instructional Approaches for ESOL Education (3)
ED 494. Content Standards and Curriculum Development for High School (3)


*Baccalaureate Core Course
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Option Code: 68

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