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 sessions.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
course contributing to the endorsement must present a grade of 2.0 (“C”)
I. Linguistics/ Language Study:
One course (approximately
5 quarter or 3 semester credits):
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):
- Composition Theory: ENGL 471, Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing, or
an approved equivalent course in writing theory and pedagogy aimed at secondary-level
- 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.
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.
- American Literature: an approved broad survey course, such as
ENGL 250, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, or 355.
- 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,
- Diverse (non Western tradition)/Multicultural Literatures: works
representing authors from a range of cultures and ethnicities globally and
United States, such as ENGL
311, 312, 316, 317, 367, 368, 466, ENGL/AFRAM 358, ENGL 359/AIS 377, AAS
401, 402, 403, AES 212, AES 321,
340, and other non western world literature courses.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pre-1900 Literature: at least one course that focuses on texts
written prior to 1900. This requirement may overlap with another category
IV. Elective Course(s) in English Language Arts to Total 50 Quarter
Credits (or equivalent):
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
system). It is assumed that the literature course work above will contain
themselves to teach English Language Arts, students are encouraged
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:
undergraduate students who will be Candidates to the UW (Seattle campus)
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Certificated teachers seeking to add an endorsement