Language Arts Education
SHARE YOUR PASSION
Our language arts education program will turn you into an outstanding writer and language arts teacher. You’ll take liberal arts and literature courses and write across a wide-range of genres – from fiction to poetry to business and technical writing. In addition, you’ll take education courses and spend time observing and teaching in local classrooms. You’ll learn about child and adolescent development, exceptional learners, technology, curriculum, classroom strategies, methods of teaching, and more. You’ll graduate ready to be licensed to teach language arts to seventh- through 12th-graders in Ohio.
Here, you’ll join a close-knit family of English-language lovers. From the time you arrive on campus until you graduate, you’ll be guided by the same faculty advisor. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your fellow language arts education majors. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, creative endeavors, field experiences and career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and will open doors for you.
Our small setting equals big opportunity. From assisting a professor with research to attending a professional conference, taking a master class with a renowned author to studying abroad, you’ll discover countless opportunities to expand your horizons and build your résumé.
It takes a special blend of talent, passion and skill to teach language arts. Rest assured; we’ll help you build a career doing what you love – reading, writing and teaching!
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
Imagine traveling to Boston, Denver or Chicago – most expenses paid – with your English professors and fellow students to attend a professional conference. Or, spending the summer in Oxford, Cambridge or South Korea studying a different culture. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.
AUTHORS IN THE HOUSE
Each year, we bring nationally and internationally acclaimed writers – like Heather Christle, Matt Hart, Anthony Madrid and Carol Drinkwater – to campus to share their journeys and conduct writing workshops for students. You’ll have the chance to meet these masters of the craft and soak up the knowledge they impart.
TRENT DORNER BA WITH A MAJOR IN EDUCATION ’10
Education is great field because it encourages new ideas and practices, and it provides a rewarding opportunity to help young people be successful. Even though you are playing the role of the teacher, you are constantly learning from the activities you whip up for your kids. It is the malleability and the dynamic nature of the field that make it so attractive.
Trent Dorner has taught 10th-grade English and advised the yearbook staff at Clay High School in Oregon, Ohio, for the past five years. He loves every minute spent in the classroom inspiring his students to learn. Recently, he was featured as a “Teacher of the Month” in The Blade. As an ONU student, he became involved in vocal music and theatre. Through these activities, he developed a stage presence and showmanship that he uses today to capture the interest of his students.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top 200 program for creative students.
- Our language arts education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (CAEP).
- Over the past five years, an average of 88 percent of our English majors were employed in full-time jobs, and 100 percent of those who applied to graduate school or law school were accepted within six months of graduation.
- 100% of our language arts teacher candidates have passed the Ohio teacher licensure exam.
You’ll need 120 credit hours to earn a BA in language arts education and a teaching license for grades seven-12. Many courses give you opportunities to observe teachers in real classrooms and to teach yourself before graduation. Here are some of the courses you’ll take as a language arts education major:
- Children’s and Young Adult Literature
- American Multicultural Literature
- Shakespeare Studies
- Small Literature Seminars
- Classroom Communication
- Integrated Language Arts Methods
- Culture and Schooling
- Adolescent Psychology
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
With a Language Arts Education degree, you could teach English at:
- Middle school
- Public or private science or magnet school
- English as a second language high school
- Public or private life skills or adult literacy centers
- Educational theatre
Check out where some of our recent language arts education graduates have ended up: Stephanie Carr (2005) received her master’s degree in urban teaching at Vanderbilt University and is an award-winning teacher at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools; Cassanova Green (2006) is an English teacher at Horizon Science Academy in Columbus.