English: Teacher Certification



English: Teacher Certification, B.A.

Teacher Certification, 300 License

The English Education major is an undergraduate program that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach English to students, ages 10 through 21. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor's degree and a Wisconsin teaching license in English education. In addition, English education majors may complete an optional concentration in broadfield language arts, resulting in a broadfield language arts license. The broadfield language arts license allows teachers to teach general-level speech and journalism courses.

Praised for its program outcomes, graduation and retention rates, advising services, student organization opportunities and vast program options, UW-Stevens Point is ranked second in the U.S. on Study.com’s Best Colleges for Education Majors list.

Explore Career Opportunities in English Education

English education graduates are well prepared to teach children in diverse, classroom settings. One hundred percent of our recent English education graduates who sought employment in the field have been hired within one year of graduation. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Get Involved on Campus

The Department of English offers a range of student-centered activities, from career workshops to speakers’ groups, to creative writing workshops.

  • Cornerstone Press is a small, independent publishing house and teaching press on campus that has published 39 titles to date in multiple genres.
  • The Writers’ Club gives students the opportunity to discuss their work and to publish the best of it in the outstanding student-run literary magazine, Barney Street.
  • English Club is a social organization whose members plan and participate in events such as movie nights, game nights, open-mic poetry readings, bad poetry contests, trips to plays, or any other activities participants will enjoy.
  • Sigma Tau Delta, an international English Honor Society, is a service organization dedicated to promoting interest in literature and the English language within the university and the surrounding community. 
  • The Connections Project, is where English Education majors lead high school students from around the state in structured on-line literature discussion groups about novels and non-fiction.  Our student-teachers prompt discussion about literary analysis skills and thematic connections to the novels, respond to student postings, and design project assignments for their own group. The on-line discussions culminate in a day-long series of workshops for the high school students at the UW-Stevens Point campus.

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in PK-12 classrooms and schools. This includes practicum experiences working with school-aged children early and often throughout the program. The Integrated Curriculum Block (ICB) is a significant practicum experience in the spring of the junior or senior year in which early childhood majors spend six weeks immersed in local childcare centers.

Student teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher candidate’s academic program of study at UW-Stevens Point. It provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to practice and refine their knowledge and skills under the supervision and guidance of cooperating teachers and our own faculty who have dedicated their careers to education and a lifetime of student learning.

Meet Your English Education Professors

Our faculty and staff from the Department of English are caring, involved and committed to student success. They are dynamically responsive to the changes happening in education and offer outstanding support to our students’ professional preparation. Our four core English Education Professors below will advise students pursuing teaching.  Areas of specialty are included below:

Rebecca Stephens, Professor and Department Chair

  • Young Adult Literature
  • Techolgies for English Education

David Roloff, Associate Professor

  • Methods for Teaching Composition
  • Student Teaching Supervision 

Erica Ringelspaugh, Assistant Professor

  • Methods for Teaching Literature
  • Reading for the English Teacher

James Berry, Associate Professor

  • English Grammars
  • Linguistics
  • English Language for Teachers

 


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