College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Communication Arts and Literature Education/Teaching Major (Grades 5-12) (BA Traditional)

Students who complete this major and other state requirements are eligible to apply for a Minnesota teaching license for Communication Arts and Literature (Grades 5 through 12).

General Education Requirements

All degree seeking undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a major of typically 30 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 120 credits.

Prerequisites from General Education
College Writing (3)
Introduction to Literature (3)
Interpersonal Communication (3)
Introduction to Psychology (3)
Required Content Courses
COM 213Public Speaking3
COM 222Social/Mass Media Communication4
ENG 221Journalism4
or ENG 420 Persuasive Writing on Contemporary Issues
ENG 324Teaching Writing 1:12
ENG 330Young Adult Literature2
ENG 338History and Principles of the English Language2
ENG 365British Literature I: Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration, Enlightenment4
or ENG 366 British Literature II: Romantics, Victorians, Moderns, Post-Moderns
ENG 369Shakespeare4
ENG 375World Literature I: Western Classical Literature4
or ENG 376 World Literature II: Geographic or Thematic
ENG 385American Literature I: Beginnings to 18604
or ENG 386 American Literature II: 1860-Present
ENG 440Literary Theory4
ENG 490Seminar in Literature4
ENG 499Framing the Literary Tradition1
Required Education Courses
ED 201Foundations of and Introduction to Education3
ED 330Human Diversity and Relations2
ED 336Educational Psychology3
ED 344The Effective Teacher3
ED 355Teaching Grades 9-12 Communication Arts / Literature2
ED 371Teaching Practicum3
ED 439The Inclusive Classroom2
ED 487Reading Across the Content Areas3
ED 477Teaching Grades 5-8 Communication Arts and Literature1
ED 470Health Education for Teachers2
ED 472Student Teaching15
Total Credits81

Each state has different requirements for professional licensure and certifications. CSP’s educator preparation programs are designed specifically to prepare students for licensure in Minnesota, but are not approved by any other state licensing boards for licensure in those states. CSP is unable to determine whether its teacher preparation programs would meet the educational requirements for licensure in other states.  Students who want to work in a state other than Minnesota should contact the state licensing board in their state before enrolling in the program.  Please see the contact information for teacher licensing boards here