English Language Arts

To gain an English language Arts endorsement, you must demonstrate your subject–matter knowledge in multiple ways.

Prior to your admission to the M.A.T. program you need to complete English Language Arts coursework and state-required content exams. While enrolled in the M.A.T. program you will complete coursework and have school-based placements to prepare you to teach English Language Arts.


1. CONTENT PREPARATION

One part of preparing to teach English Language Arts is a strong preparation in the subject. The best content preparation is a major in English. At a minimum you should complete at least 45 quarter credits, or 30 semester credits (7.5 Puget Sound units) of English coursework. Suggested courses 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.
     

2. TESTING

You must pass the National Evaluations System's exam (NES) in English and submit scores from an approved basic skills test. No specific passing score is required for basic skills. Scores are used as a formative instrument to determine a candidate's basic skill level in reading, writing, and mathematics.

  BASIC SKILLS TESTING CONTENT AREA TESTING
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

TEST:  WEST–B or Alternative*

Math, Reading & Writing

TEST: NES 301

English Language Arts

*Out-of-state applicants may substitute either the PRAXIS I or CBEST for the WEST-B. Additionally, scores from the SAT or ACT taken after 2005 may be used to meet the basic skills requirement.



3. SCHOOL–BASED PLACEMENTS & COURSEWORK

During the academic year, you will complete middle school and high school teaching methods coursework and English Language Arts-related school-based experiences. In addition, the state of Washington requires that you pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), which you will submit during spring semester.

 

For additional information, contact Karen Stump at the School of Education.