Students intending to become English language arts teachers in grades 7-12 should choose the Integrated Language Arts (ILA) concentration, which allows students to earn a bachelor of arts degree and teaching license at the undergraduate level. Students who have a passion for teaching middle and high schoolers the language arts of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and visually representing will find this program both challenging and rewarding. With its extensive coursework in the teaching of English, graduates find themselves eager to teach standards in creative and engaging ways to influence their students and the world through the transformative power of critical literacy.
Admission to the major requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7, which includes two English courses. In addition, candidates must also, separately, be accepted into and satisfy the requirements of the Adolescence to Young Adult: Integrated Language Arts (AYA: ILA) licensure program through a sequence of courses and field placements offered through the College of Health, Education, and Human Services alongside their English language arts education (ELA) degree. Upon completion of the academic content and professional teaching requirements, students are eligible to apply for licensure in AYA: Integrated Language from the Ohio Department of Education. Students who are not accepted into the licensure program may still complete the ELA degree without licensure.
Candidates must meet with a College of Health, Education, and Human Services Licensure Advisor early in the bachelor’s degree program to learn how to apply for school placements, deadlines, admissions details, and other important information.
Program Learning Outcomes
All graduates with a B.A. in English will be:
- Informed readers, able to formulate readings of texts based on their knowledge of literary historical contexts and of basic critical strategies;
- Skilled writers, able to develop a thesis and sustain a coherent written argument about literature using secondary sources;
- Familiar with the fundamentals of teaching language arts at the high school and middle school levels;
- Able to develop an approach to Language Arts teaching informed by their understanding of literature and language.
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I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours
ELEMENT I - COMMUNICATION : 6 HOURS
ELEMENT 2 - MATHEMATICS: 3 HOURS
ELEMENT 3 - GLOBAL TRADITIONS: 6 HOURS
ELEMENT 4 - ARTS AND HUMANITIES: 3 HOURS
ELEMENT 5 - SOCIAL SCIENCES: 6 HOURS
ELEMENT 6: NATURAL SCIENCES: 8 HOURS
ADDITIONAL CORE COURSES: 6 HOURS
II. Departmental Requirements: 39 Hours
Notes: One course must feature the works of Shakespeare (eligible courses include ENG 3210 , ENG 3550 , or any course from ENG 4200-ENG 4470 with the characters “Ss” at the end of the course title).
Students must earn a grade of C or better in every English and Education course.
ENGLISH CORE REQUIREMENTS
ONE BRITISH LITERATURE SURVEY FROM
ONE AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY FROM
ONE NON-WESTERN LITERATURE SURVEY FROM
TWO 4000-LEVEL LITERATURE COURSES, ONE OF WHICH MUST FEATURE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE, FROM
ONE COURSE IN LINGUISTICS
INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS COURSES
III. Related Requirements: 5 Hours
IV. College Requirements: 18-22 Hours
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 12-16 HOURS
V. ELECTIVES: 16-20 HOURS
If admitted to the college of Health, Education, and Human Services licensure program, see your ILA advisor and the Graduate Planning Strategy sheet for licensure courses to take for this category.
THROUGH THE 2020 LEVEL (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) OF ONE LANGUAGE: 12 HOURS
Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Japanese, American Sign Language, or other.
Graduation Planning Strategy
The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.