The Communication Arts and Literature Education major prepares you to be a high school or middle school English teacher as you complete significant coursework in English and education with additional coursework in Communication Studies. Because you complete the program during your undergraduate career, you take your English and education courses simultaneously, allowing you to make connections between the subject matter and the teaching strategies it requires.
Why should I study communication arts and literature?
According to the Minnesota Department of Education’s most recent Supply and Demand report, about 10% of the teaching force in Minnesota will reach retirement age in the next 5 years and school enrollments for grades 7-12 will increase 8.3%. This will increase demand for high school and middle school teachers.
Bethel Communication Arts and Literature graduates are in high demand. It’s not unusual for students to secure jobs before they complete their student teaching. Principals call in August looking for teaching graduates, and we often have to turn them away because all of our graduates have jobs for the fall.
But more importantly, the world needs teachers who love literature, communication, writing, and adolescent students. If students are skilled in literacy, they will have more power and success, as well as many opportunities for personal enrichment. You could be the person that inspires and instructs these students.
What can I do with this degree?
Get your Minnesota teaching license to teach middle school and high school English, including literature, writing, speech, journalism, and media studies. Our graduates have taught in:
- Special education
- School counseling
- Library media studies
What skills will I develop?
- First-rate literary scholarship
- Skilled writing
- College-level speech
- Newspaper writing
- Literary journal work
- Theatre participation or productions
- Student governing
- Literary readings in the Twin Cities and around the world
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
- Participate in or lead work on the Clarion student newspaper, Colloquy student research journal, or the Coeval student literary journal.
- Off-campus study experiences through the English department, like England Term, Travel Writing, or Media and Communication Systems in the Developing World.
- Serve as teaching assistants or work in Bethel’s Academic Enrichment and Support Center.
- Attend theatre productions and readings throughout the Twin Cities and around the world.
- Teach abroad during January interim or participate in a program that sends student teachers around the world.
- Individual attention and mentoring from full-time faculty who are committed to teaching as well as being respected scholars in the field.
- Field experiences in both urban and suburban schools before your student teaching experience to see theory at work in real classrooms.
- Mentoring by a full-time faculty member during student teaching who will observe you almost weekly, giving you valuable individualized feedback that will help you reflect on your work and improve exponentially.