Thinking about teaching English/Language Arts?

One part of preparing to teach English is a strong preparation in the subject.  The best content preparation is a major in English. If you are unable to major in English you can still teach English if you prepare carefully

You must demonstrate your subject-matter knowledge in two ways prior to your admission to the M.A.T. program.

  1. You must pass the Washington Educator Skills Test—Endorsements (WEST-E) in English.  
  2. You must also have taken coursework that prepares you for teaching secondary English.  This generally means at least 5 Puget Sound units in English.  These units should include:
    1. A course in what it means to study English.  At Puget Sound, take English 210.
    2. If you are taking English courses at other institutions, be sure to include courses that make use of the writing process.
    3. Literature courses, (courses from English 221-226 provide a good background). Include a course on Shakespeare (English 351).
    4. Courses in different literary genres.  At Puget Sound these include courses from English 340 – 343.
    5. At least one course from Literatures, Cultures, and Identities

For additional information, contact the School of Education.

Consider adding Social Studies or History to increase your marketability as a teacher.