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Communication Arts & Literature

Enhance your english and communication studies with a licensure that prepares you for state-level exams to teach middle or high school courses.


Partially Online

Courses will be a mix of online and face to face sessions. You'll complete over half of your coursework online.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Spring 2021, and Summer 2021

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

17 months


  • Foundations in Education (EDUC627)

    Introduction to the teaching profession and focus on influences shaping education. History, philosophy, psychology, sociology, legal matters, reform, and other current education issues. Student mental health and impact of chemicals in student lives, families, and schools. Personal growth planning and the connection between professional responsibilities and personal faith and values.

    3 credits

  • General Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EDUC630)

    Active-learning, activity-centered eperience. Application of various pedagogical theories and methods in teaching middle and high school students through the practice of planning, implementation, and assessment procedures.

    3 credits

  • Psychology of Student Learning (EDUC634)

    Application of educational principles relevant to the physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development of preadolescents and adolescents. Identification of different approaches to K-12 students development, learning, performance, and critical elements needed to structure an effective learning environment. Synthesis of early assessment theory and current issues. Analysis of theories and principles that influence and motivate learning, development, and behavior related to the learning environment.

    3 credits

  • General Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (EDUC641)

    Creation of standards-based, short and long-range plans that are linked to student needs and performance, connected to other disciplines, and include technology resources to support learning. Integration of evidence-based instructional strategies that meet learner needs. Development of assessments and evaluations using appropriate data practices. Examination of Christian perspectives and personal values within the professional practice of teaching.

    4 credits

  • Field Experiences in School-based Settings (EDUC643)

    Application of information gained through observations of general education, special education, EL and/or other teachers and students with specific learning needs in educational environments. Implementation of principles of effective instruction in the content area and grade level of licensure. Development of planning skills, instructional strategies, assessment skills, self-assessment skills, and professional dispositions using feedback from educational professionals. Observation of teachers use of culturally-responsive instructional practices to incorporate students experiences, cultures and communication into instruction.

    3 credits

  • Field Experience (EDUC661)

    Participate in field experiences in K-12 schools and other school-based settings in order to apply coursework to authentic teaching experiences, observe educational contexts and receive mentoring from classroom teachers. Practice reflective skills by debriefing field experiences, writing a formative edTPA, and integrating a spiritual worldview.

    2 credits

  • Teaching Content Area Literacy (EDUC665)

    Analysis of knowledge of research-based skills and assessment strategies, reading processes, and instructional practices in the content area. Integration of various instructional strategies to support readers of various proficiency levels, linguistic backgrounds, and specific learning needs in K-12 settings. Implementation of reading research by determining strategies for developing and implementing academic language, vocabulary, fluency, orthographic knowledge, morphological relationships within words, and comprehension. Application of strategies for enhancing K-12 students visual, critical, vocabulary, and writing literacy.

    3 credits

  • Equity in Diverse School Contexts (EDUC669)

    Identification of various groups in American communities and how to foster communication. Analysis of Minnesota-based American Indian tribes. Evaluation of the effects that racial, cultural, and economic factors have in the classroom. Exploration of practical classroom strategies for addressing diversity and inclusion challenges such as bias, discrimination, prejudices, racism, religion, gender, and sexism. Designing and differentiating a culturally-responsive curriculum for a variety of students. Differentiation of curriculum and teaching for gifted and talented students.

    3 credits

  • Methods of Teaching Communication Arts and Literature, 5-12 (EDUC685)

    Concepts, strategies, and skills necessary for the successful instruction and assessment of students in grades 5-12 in reading, writing, speaking, media, listening, and literature.

    3 credits

  • Student Teaching Seminar (EDUC750)

    Development of reflective skills, professional qualities, and instructional and evaluative skills. Clarification of personal teaching/learning beliefs, modification of instruction for diverse student needs, and development of effective learning environments. Embeded differentiated instruction for ELS and special education students in the general education classroom. Refinement of assessment strategies and classroom management techniques that maximize student learning.

    5 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC778;EDUC779

  • Student Teaching Placement I (EDUC778)

    Prior course knowledge and skills will be practiced under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while students teach. In the field experience and through two student teaching placements, students will have teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

    5 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC750;EDUC779

  • Student Teaching Placement II (EDUC779)

    Continued practice of prior teaching experience under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and a college supervising teacher while students teach.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: EDUC750;EDUC778

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