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College of Letters and Science English Teaching – Teacher Certification Degree

Major, Undergrad Teaching Certification

AUTHENTIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE TO MEET YOUR CAREER GOALS

The English Education major is an undergraduate program that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach English to students at the middle school and secondary level. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor’s degree and a Wisconsin teaching license in Broadfield English/English Language Arts. Students may apply to the English Education program after completing 12 credits in English beyond the Written Communication requirement.


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. In addition, the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English has awarded five of our graduates the “Outstanding Student Teacher Award” in the past seven years.

Why study English Education at UW-Stevens Point?

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in 6-12 classrooms and schools. UW-Stevens Point English education graduates who sought employment have great success in finding positions. 100 percent of alumni graduating with a major in English Teaching have been hired within months after completing their degree, and many are hired before graduation. Teaching English at the middle and high school level is a rewarding career where students can share their passion for reading and writing with their future students.

Connections Project

The Department of English offers a range of student-centered activities and prepares students for a rewarding teaching career. Our program includes The Connection Project which pairs pre-service teachers at UWSP with diverse learners from high schools around the state. UWSP pre-service teachers work with the high school students through virtual lessons and discussions before presenting their work during a culminating campus visit. Connections gives students tremendous experience before they even set foot in a formal student teaching role in their final semester of college.

Ranked #2 in the U.S.

For the second year in a row, the education program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has been ranked second in the nation according to Study.com.
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WHAT TO EXPECT

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in middle and secondary schools. This includes practicum experiences in a middle school and a high school through the Connections project during the pre-Methods course block during the spring semester of their junior year. The practicum experiences deepen during the Methods semester in the fall of senior year, when classroom experiences are paired with learning about classroom management techniques, curriculum planning, and pedagogy for teaching literature and writing.

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.

Gain confidence as a teacher working with diverse learners from high schools in our yearly Connections Project. Student teachers enrolled in English 381, Reading for the English Teacher design their own literature course curriculum, lecture virtually and create project assignments. The highlight is the annual field trip to our UWSP campus where students can evaluate the work of their high school students and celebrate the semester together!

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.
  • 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. 
  • English Education majors get a close-up snapshot of what teaching is like as they coordinate a semester-long literature discussion with high school students from around the state in the UW-Stevens Point Connections Project. Our student-teachers prompt discussion about literary analysis and thematic connections to the novels, respond to student postings, and design project assignments for their own group. The online discussions culminate in a day-long series of workshops for the high school students in the spring at the UW-Stevens Point campus.

Prepared for Success

English education graduates are well prepared to teach children in diverse, classroom settings. In fact, 100 percent of our recent English education graduates who sought employment in the field are often hired before graduation. Watch our video to learn more about our teaching environment in the School of Humanities and Global Studies!

MEET YOUR FACULTY

English Department faculty at UW-Stevens Point pride themselves on the attention they give individual students to help them further and widen their interests, develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.

Rebecca Stephens

  • Professor of English
  • Department Chair, English
  • Women’s and Gender Studies, Coordinator
715-346-3208

David Roloff

  • Professor of English
715-346-4341

James Berry

  • Associate Professor of English
  • Language Study Interdisciplinary Certificate Coordinator
  • UWSP Summer ESL Program Coordinator
715-346-4757

Erica Ringelspaugh

  • Assistant Professor of English
  • Connections Project coordinator
715-346-2334