for prospective teachers

English Language Arts Secondary Teaching Endorsement

effective for applicants in 2015 and later

Note: If you will be applying to the UW Master in Teaching Program in October 2014, you can follow the older requirement set. These requirements affect students applying in October 2015 and later.



Those who plan to apply to the UW Seattle College of Education’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) for Secondary (6-12) Education certification and a Master in Teaching (MIT) should attend a TEP information session. Consult the schedule of Teacher Education Program information sessions2nd window graphic.

TEP candidates who fulfill the requirements below (or other eligible course work as evaluated by a UW Department of English adviser) will be prepared to present the required course work for an English Language Arts Endorsement for Secondary Education. These requirements, however, do not constitute an English major for the purpose of earning a BA degree from the University of Washington. Matriculated UW undergraduate English majors should work with an English adviser to coordinate their English major course work with English Language Arts endorsement requirements. English Advising is located in A-2-B Padelford Hall and can be reached by phone at (206) 543-2634 or by e-mail to engladv@u.washington.edu.

Endorsement Requirements

Approximately 50 quarter credits distributed among the five coverage areas below.

At least 20 credits from the coverage areas below must be completed at the upper-division (junior or senior) level. (Note: All credits completed at junior or community colleges are considered lower-division credits.) At least half of the endorsement coursework should come from English or other literature course work.

Each course contributing to the endorsement must present a grade of 2.0 (“C”) or above.


I.   Linguistics/ Language Study:

One course (approximately 5 quarter or 3 semester credits):

  1. An approved survey course in fundamental linguistic theory, covering the major subfields in syntax, phonology, semantics, sociolinguistics: ENGL 370, English Language Study.

II.   Composition Theory & Rhetoric:

Two courses (approximately 10 quarter or 6 semester credits):

  1. Composition Theory: ENGL 471, Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing, or an approved equivalent course in writing theory and pedagogy aimed at secondary-level students.
  2. Rhetoric/Advanced Composition: An approved course in advanced comp/rhetoric, such as ENGL 281, 282, 306, 369, 375, 381, 382, 481, the Community Literacy Program (ENGL 298/498 attached to ENGL 491), COM 329, COM 330, COM 331, COM 332, COM 333, COM 431.

III.   Literature:

At least six courses (approximately 30 quarter credits or 20 semester credits):

Courses in approved literature taught by an English department or a language and literature department. (Courses from other disciplines, such as History or Anthropology, are generally not approved since they do not introduce students to discipline-based approaches and methods.) At least one course must focus on texts written prior to 1900.

  1. American Literature: an approved broad survey course, such as ENGL 250, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, or 355.
  2. British Literature: an approved broad survey course, such as ENGL 210, 211, 212, 228, 229, 230, 320, 322, 325, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, or 339.
  3. Diverse (non Western tradition)/Multicultural Literatures: works representing authors from a range of cultures and ethnicities globally and within the United States, such as ENGL 257, 258, ENGL 311, 312, 316, 317, 367, 368, 466, ENGL/AFRAM 358, ENGL 359/AIS 377, AAS 401, 402, 403, AES 212, AES 321, AFRAM 320, AFRAM 340, and other non western world literature courses.
  4. Literary Theory and Criticism: an approved course in literary theory, such as ENGL 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 367, 369, 378, 470, C LIT 400, DRAMA 302.
  5. Genre Studies: an approved course in the study of genre, such as ENGL 318, 329, 341, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 375, 379.
  6. Histories of Language & Literature: an approved course focusing on historical literary periods, such as ENGL 315, 316, 319, 322, 327, 330, 335, 336, 339, 340, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 360, 361, 373, 380.
  7. Pre-1900 Literature: at least one course that focuses on texts written prior to 1900. This requirement may overlap with another category above.

IV.   Elective Course(s) in English Language Arts to Total 50 Quarter Credits (or equivalent):

Additional approved course(s) the areas above (courses that focus on English language learners, gender studies, cultural studies, media and film studies, communications, journalism, and drama are especially recommended) so as to achieve at least 50 quarter credits (approximately 33 credits on the semester system). It is assumed that the literature course work above will contain works by women authors. When preparing themselves to teach English Language Arts, students are encouraged to pursue additional literature courses in women’s literature, gay/lesbian literature, multiethnic literature, cultural studies, and children's literature/literature for young adults.

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If you are seeking an evaluation of your course work toward these endorsement requirements, or if you'd like to meet with an English adviser to discuss your progress, please choose the appropriate link below:

UW undergraduate students who will be Candidates to the UW (Seattle campus) College of Education's Teacher Education Program

Other Candidates to the UW (Seattle campus) College of Education's Teacher Education Program

Certificated teachers seeking to add an endorsement

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