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Teaching English Language Arts Grades 5-12 Major

Program Overview

The English education program prepares you with the content and skills you need to be an engaging and effective secondary English teacher for today’s diverse classrooms and contexts.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 43

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

As a student in CMU’s English education program, you'll join a close-knit community of aspiring teachers and faculty mentors who collaborate and learn from one another through coursework, classroom experiences, professional development opportunities, and our on-campus student organization.

Together, students develop strategies for designing curriculum; teaching lessons; differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners; and taking a culturally sustaining approach to ELA teaching and learning.

The Teaching English Language Arts Grades 5-12 major builds students’ knowledge of literature, language, composition, and pedagogy through courses that may include: Young Adult Literature, African American Literature, LGBTQ Literature, Creative Writing, and Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools.

The Teaching English Language Arts Grades 5-12 major is also built on a strong foundation of real-life experience with 60+ hours of classroom experience before student teaching, including opportunities to:

  • Work one-on-one with middle and high school readers in local classrooms.
  • Co-teach a unit with a local English teacher in a pre-student teaching experience.
  • Facilitate small group discussions about literature with middle or high school students. • Conference virtually with middle or high school students on their writing.
  • Design and videorecord lessons for feedback or online teaching. Completing the B.S. in Secondary Education degree with a major in Teaching English Language Arts, Grades 5-12 qualifies students for recommendation to the Michigan State Board of Education for a Secondary Standard Certificate.

Program Highlights

In CMU’s English education program, you can:

  • Study with award-winning faculty and published authors.
  • Network with other future English teachers by joining the National Council of Teachers of English Student Organization.
  • Present original work at state or national conferences.
  • Submit poetry, fiction, or nonfiction work to Central Review, CMU’s literary journal.
  • Build professional experience as a Writing Consultant in CMU’s Writing Center.

Careers & Outcomes

This program prepares you for certification to teach English Language Arts in grades 5 through 12.

Career Projected Salary
Middle/High School Teacher $61,570
Curriculum and Instructional Designer/Developer $63,740
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