Department of English at Illinois State University

Faculty in English Education

English Education Advisor

Coordinator of Student Teaching Experiences

Coordinator of Clinical Experiences

Affiliated Faculty

English Education

 

The English Education program at Illinois State University prepares candidates to become successful secondary English Language Arts teachers and community college instuctors in diverse classrooms. It also provides on-going professional development for certified classroom teachers through the Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE), the Illinois State Writing Project, and our annual spring conference, CITE (Conference for Illinois Teachers of English). Our students learn how research and theory support best practices in the teaching of English and gain valuable experiences in applying these ideas to rural, urban, suburban and college classrooms. The program provides hands-on experiences through numerous partnerships with communities, schools, and teachers, and it enhances professional growth for teachers at every stage of their careers.

The program emphasizes five core areas of theoretical and practical knowledge.

  • Teaching and learning for democracy
  • Respect for the diversity of learners in literacy learning environments
  • Teaching an expanding canon through multiple pedagogical approaches
  • Composition emphasizing writing as a rhetorical process
  • Classroom research and reflective practice as central to teaching and learning

 

Undergraduate

The English Education sequence and teacher certification at Illinois State University prepares candidates to become successful secondary English language arts teachers in inclusive classrooms. We prepare novice teachers to provide successful learning experiences for students in urban and rural schools as well as suburban districts. Our students learn the value of theory that supports best practices in the teaching of English and gain valuable experiences in applying these ideas to the classroom. We emphasize the need to build democratic partnerships with communities, schools, and teachers for improving the quality of teacher education and to enhance the learning experiences and achievements of all secondary students.

We offer a Bachelor's Degree in English Education as well as a minor in English Education. We also offer certification in English Language Arts for those who already have a Bachelor's Degree. The major provides students with grades 9-12 certification in Illinois. The minor allows students in other education majors to become endorsed in English language arts.

During your coursework at Illinois State, you may participate in opportunities to prepare you to live, teach, and be agents of individual and social transformation in low-income and under-served communities throughout Illinois, particularly in Chicago and other urban settings. More information is available at the Urban Teacher Preparation website.

For more information, please contact the English Education Advisor.

Graduate

Teaching of writing is a concentration within the Master's in Writing. In this sequence, courses are selected with the assistance of an adviser to provide an emphasis in teaching writing in a community college or secondary English position. Students learn to problematize issues related specifically to teaching at the community college level and have the opportunity to learn about writing processes, assessment, and engaging critical thinking.

Students may also pursue a Ph.D. in English Studies and focus their research in an area of English Education.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School is available only to those already certified as middle school or high school teachers. Teachers earn a Certificate in the Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School by satisfactorily completing six graduate courses in the Teaching of Writing.