The English Language Arts Teaching Field track focuses specifically on the best practices of teaching high school English. This degree prepares graduates to successfully pass certification exams and to succeed in the high school classroom. To meet the content demands of English secondary education, this track also requires a Shakespeare course and equips students to teach Shakespearean drama. In addition, students take coursework in young adult literature, grammar, and pedagogy. This track also requires students to minor in Secondary Education, which consists of a sequence of education courses from the College of Education that prepares students for state certification.
In addition to student teaching, students also take an English professionalization seminar in which they create a plan and conduct customized research on career opportunities, including internships, entry-level jobs, and graduate study.