Concordia offers an English education major with a licensure for communication arts/literature. These requirements are intended to offer experience with classic and contemporary literature, writing, grammar and language history. It is important for you to have broad exposure in the disciplines of English and communication.
It is important to plan a well-rounded sequence of English courses. Requirements for the major are designed to assist with that and at least two course options are usually included.
Teaching majors are also required to participate in at least two different cocurricular activities approved by the CSTA and English departments. At least one semester of the activity is required, and participation should not occur during the student teaching semester. Suggested activities include:
- KORD radio
- Concordia On-Air
- The Concordian student newspaper
- AfterWork literary journal
- Certain Student Leadership and Service activities
The 10-week student-teaching experience is a senior year capstone. Education majors are eligible for graduating with departmental honors if all criteria are met, including the completion of an additional capstone in either literature or writing. These capstone courses are only offered in the spring, so you would need to schedule your student teaching for the fall of your senior year.
The Education department can help you plan out your semesters to assure all required courses are taken and to avoid overloading whenever possible.
All English education students are now required to take examinations before licensure: PPST (the basic skills test) and Praxis (the Principles of Teaching and Learning test and the content area test).
Keep tabs on your progress through your English education major by printing off and referring to this PDF. Clicking the link will open the PDF in a new window.View the Checklist