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.
- You must pass the National Evaluations System's exam (NES) in English.
- 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:
- A course in what it means to study English. At Puget Sound, take English 220.
- If you are taking English courses at other institutions, be sure to include courses that make use of the writing process.
- Literature courses, (courses from English 231-237 provide a good background). Include a course on Shakespeare (English 245).
- Courses in different literary genres. At Puget Sound these include courses from English 330 – 338.
- 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.