English Education (Grades 4-12) Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

This major prepares students to become dynamic English Language Arts (ELA) teachers who can meet the needs of adolescent learners at both the middle and high school levels. English education faculty guide students through rigorous coursework in multiple fields of inquiry (including literature, writing, linguistics, and ELA pedagogy) and provide personalized mentoring throughout multiple field experience and student teaching semesters. Most importantly, English education majors who meet the necessary criteria graduate with a license to teach grades 4-12 in the state of Wisconsin—and our program has maintained an outstanding job placement rate over the past few years.

Completion of the English Education Program and associated benchmark assessments will lead to endorsement for the following Wisconsin teaching license:

  • English and Language Arts, grades 4-12 (2300).

Students in all teacher education programs must satisfy the School of Education (SOE) core requirements.

Students in all teacher education programs must be admitted to the School of Education in order to complete their program requirements and be eligible for endorsement for the appropriate teaching license(s). Students majoring in English education (grades 4-12) must meet specific program admission criteria.

Retention and advancement

Teacher candidates may be retained in their teacher education program provided they fulfill the conditions described in the SOE Retention Policy. Students must complete all course requirements and other benchmarks prior to student teaching as described in the Student Teaching and Internship Policy. Additional SOE program requirements, including the culminating assessment of pedagogical knowledge, are described on the SOE catalog page.


The English Education Program is aligned with the Wisconsin Teacher Standards (WTS) and the NCTE/NCATE Standards, and supplemented with Elementary Literacy, Journalism Educators of America, and Wisconsin Speech Educators standards.

Required general education courses (6 credits)

Besides the courses specified below, English education majors must satisfy additional general education requirements. The General Education Program requires a total of 42 credits.

EDS 203School, Society, and Teachers (GE06) 1, 33
EDS 206Multicultural Education (GE03) 2, 33
Total Credits6

Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Self and Society (GE Category 6).


Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Minority Cultures or Multiracial Women's Studies (GE Category 3).

Additional middle/high school education requirements (21 credits)

Courses not requiring admission to the School of Education
EDS 309Teaching Global Perspectives Across the Curriculum3
SPE 200Foundations of Special Education 33
PSY 212Lifespan Development3
Student teaching semester 4
EDS 492Student Teaching Seminar1
One of the following: 311
Student Teaching: Middle/High School Education (4-12)
Teaching Internship
Total Credits21

Courses listed in more than one category may be counted only once unless otherwise stated.

English core requirements (18 credits)

ENG 300Introduction to English Studies3
ENG 311Critical Theory3
Language studies and linguistics3
History of the English Language
Introduction to Linguistics: Sounds and Words
Introduction to Linguistics: Phrases and Sentences
Varieties of English
Literary studies3
Foundations for Literary and Cultural Studies
Intermediate Topics in Literature
Writing and rhetoric studies3
Writing, Genre, and Style
Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric Studies
Creative or professional writing3
Creative Writing
Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing
Total Credits18

English education requirements (28 credits)

Select one of the following:3
History of the English Language
Introduction to Linguistics: Sounds and Words
Introduction to Linguistics: Phrases and Sentences (must be selected here if not taken in the English major core requirements)
Language Study for Teachers
Varieties of English
Topics in Linguistics
Literature electives
Select three of the following:9
Intermediate Topics in Literature
European Literature in Translation
World Literature
Old and Middle English Literature
English Renaissance
Shakespeare in the World
Shakespeare II
Restoration and 18th Century British Literature
19th Century British Literature
British Literature After 1900
Early American Literature
Nineteenth Century American Literature
American Literature After 1900
Literature of American Ethnic and Minority Cultures
Latino Literature in English
Women Authors
Literature and Environmental Action
Seminar in British Literature
Seminar in American Literature
Seminar in Literature and Culture
English education specialization9
Foundations for Literary and Cultural Studies 5
Capstone in English Education 6, 7, 8
Introduction to Teaching Writing
Field I block (must be taken concurrently) 6
ENG 351Workshop in Classroom Management1
ENG 355Field I Experience: English in the Middle Grades 34
Field II block (must be taken concurrently) 6
ENG 451Workshop in Curriculum & Assessment 81
ENG 455Field II Experience: Teaching and Learning English in the Secondary Classroom 3, 84
Total Credits28

Also satisfies an SOE core requirement.


Must complete all course requirements and other benchmarks prior to student teaching. For more information, please see the Student Teaching and Internship Policy.


Must be taken in the English major core for the "Literary Studies" category. Credits counted in the major core.


Requires admission to the School of Education.


Taken concurrently with ENG 355 or ENG 455.


Included in the English education portfolio.

 Additional teacher education requirements are listed on the School of Education catalog page.

All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with less than 12 credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3Gen Ed Math4
Gen Ed Arts2-3EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3
Gen Ed World History3Gen Ed Global Studies3
 14 16
Year 2
ENG 300 (ENG Core)3ENG 301 (ENG Core)3
University Elective3ENG 311 (ENG Core)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3EDS 3093
Gen Ed Math/Lang/Logical Systems3-4Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4University Elective3
 15 15
Year 3
ENG 332 (ENG Core)3Language/Linguistics Course3
Creative/Professional Writing Course (ENG Core)3ENG 3511
Writing & Rhetoric Studies Course (ENG Core)3Literature elective3
PSY 2123Literature elective3
SPE 2003ENG 3554
Apply for admission to SOE1 University Elective3
Apply for Field Experience I2 Apply for Field Experience II2 
 Apply for Student Teaching3 
 15 17
Year 4
Literature elective3All course requirements and other benchmarks must be completed prior to student teaching.4 
ENG 4113EDS 4921
ENG 4333EDS 49611
ENG 4511 
ENG 4554 
University Elective2 
 16 12
Total Credits: 120

See the SOE admissions website for complete admission and application details. Students will be required to complete a criminal background check at the time of application for admission.


Students applying for field and student teaching placements will be asked to disclose any criminal charges.


Students must apply for student teaching through the Office of Field Experience one year prior to the student teaching semester.


For more information, please see the Student Teaching and Internship Policy.