Students who are passionate about teaching literature, writing and speaking will find the University of Oklahoma College of Education’s Language Arts Education program a stimulating blend of English literature and writing courses and diverse hands-on classroom experiences. Beginning with the first course taken in the education curriculum, students complete 100 hours in middle and high school classrooms tutoring and observing before they begin student teaching.
These field experiences prepare students for student teaching internships during either the certification or graduate portion of their education. During these internships, students observe, prepare lesson plans and teach. The student teaching programs typically last 16 weeks. The Language Arts Education curriculum is designed so that students can receive a Bachelor of Science degree in four years, though this can vary depending on when the student becomes a fully admitted student to the college.
A Language Arts Education student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Education. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, a student may choose to pursue graduate degrees in a multitude of disciplines.
Students are recommended for Oklahoma certification to become language arts teachers, which includes reading, English, composition, speech, debate, publications (yearbook and newspaper), and literature (including American, British and World Literature) for grades six through twelve after completing the program and passing required state certification exams (OSAT and PPAT).
Most language arts education students have interests in literature, writing, or speech. They enjoy working with adolescents and are comfortable in school settings. High school preparation should include working to strengthen writing skills through personal and literary work and tutoring or working with middle and high school students.