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Education – Integrated Language Arts/English Education

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

College: Education and Human Ecology

The integrated language arts/English education major is one of seven undergraduate programs in Ohio State's Department of Teaching and Learning that provides students the training needed to become a teacher.

The structure and content of the program are designed to assist students in developing the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to become effective leaders and advocates for social justice in the field of education. Each program is led by world-renowned faculty, staff and graduate associates who oversee the progress of each individual pre-service teacher as he or she progresses through an intense program of study. Upon completion of the program, students will also obtain initial licensure  to teach grades 7–12 in English/language arts. This major is offered only on the Columbus campus.

Upon admission to the university, students will enroll as pre-majors with the potential to apply to the major once a significant amount of the General Education and pre-major courses have been completed.

To be considered for the program, students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.75. The selection process is highly competitive and the completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Students should consult their academic advisor as they near completion of the pre-education requirements to discuss the application process for the major.

The English teacher education major prepares students to teach in grades 7–12 leading to licensure in the state of Ohio. The components of this major have been designed to meet state and national standards, licensure requirements, and General Education requirements at Ohio State. 

The principal philosophy behind the curriculum is to provide a liberal education in subjects relevant to teaching grades 7–12 students as well as numerous opportunities for the student to experience, learn and reflect on effective pedagogy. This pathway emphasizes disciplinary content knowledge, educational foundations courses, and pedagogy and methods courses that focus on early exposure to adolescent development, and psychological and social foundations of education.

Courses may include:

  • Adolescent Learning and Development in School Contexts    
  • American literature course    
  • British literature course 
  • Developing Discipline for Effective Teaching    
  • Inclusion: Philosophy, Society and Practical Issues of Secondary Education    
  • Issues in Language, Literacy and Culture in Equity and Diversity    
  • Journalism and New Media in 7–12 Classroom  
  • Lab Experience in English Education    
  • Language Education and Grammar for Teachers    
  • Literature for Adolescents 
  • Minority literature course  
  • School and Society    
  • Shakespearean literature course    
  • Teaching and Reading Across the Curriculum  
  • Teaching Inquiry and Methods: Writing    
  • Teaching Inquiry and Methods: Literature    

Field experiences are introduced early and culminate in an extended student teaching experience in the senior year. Teacher education is conceptualized as an apprenticeship with equal parts content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge and skill.

Because they provide placement sites for all Columbus campus students, the schools in Franklin County, particularly Columbus City Schools, are critical partners in teacher education. Students will have field experiences each year of the program, with a one-semester student teaching experience at the end of their program.

Kappa Phi Kappa is a national professional co-ed fraternity in education that connects members with development and career opportunities in education, informs members about education programs at Ohio State, introduces members to possible future colleagues, and helps support the Columbus community through service activities.

Graduates of the English education program may seek teaching positions in grades 7–12 at public and private schools. Since the state of Ohio has high standards for teacher preparation, graduates could potentially be hired as teachers anywhere in the United States. Many opportunities also exist within the community and public sector.

Through their course and field work, students will:

  • use their understanding of children’s and adolescents’ characteristics and needs and of multiple interacting influences on children’s and adolescents’ development and learning to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for all children and adolescents
  • know about, understand and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s and adolescents’ families and communities
  • know about and understand the goals, benefits and uses of assessment
  • integrate their understanding of and relationships with children/adolescents and families; their understanding of developmentally effective approaches to teaching and learning; and their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children and adolescents
  • identify and conduct themselves as members of the English education teaching profession

Office of Undergraduate Student Recruitment
College of Education and Human Ecology
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1945 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210

Teaching credentials

Graduates of the integrated language arts/English education program will receive Ohio teacher licensure for grades 7–12 upon successful completion of program and state requirements.