To gain an English language Arts endorsement, you must demonstrate your subject–matter knowledge in multiple ways.
Prior to your admission to the MAT program, you need to complete English Language Arts coursework and state-required content exams. While enrolled in the MAT 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 use 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.
You must pass the National Evaluations System's exam (NES) in English Language Arts 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.
Please see our Testing Overview page for information on testing deadlines.
|BASIC SKILLS TESTING||CONTENT AREA TESTING|
|ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS||
Math, Reading & Writing
TEST: NES 301
English Language Arts
3. SCHOOL-BASED PLACEMENTS & COURSEWORK
You will complete middle school and high school teaching methods coursework and English Language Arts-related school-based experiences during the academic year.
For additional information, contact Karen Stump at the School of Education.