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language arts teaching

Interdisciplinary Program

Are you passionate about literature, storytelling, and the English language? Do you love helping others craft meaningful stories, while drawing upon past or present-day parallels? If this sounds like you, the language arts teaching major at Anderson University may offer the degree path you seek to becoming a professional educator in the modern-day classroom.

Anderson University faculty encourage students to use their passion and creativity within the major. Whether composing the written word or studying the art of story, you’ll explore different facets and portrayals of the human experience, broaden your knowledge of the English language, and discuss methods for teaching the subject. Students will gain hands-on student teaching experience early on, helping them solidify their calling, and be prepared to confidently enter and manage the classroom.

Program Overview

Language Arts Teaching

Designed to prepare graduates to teach grades 6-12, the language arts teaching curriculum includes a 33-hour core of courses in both English and speech, qualifying the student to teach English and speech courses. To complete the major, students will pursue a 16-hour “English option,” which provides an emphasis on traditional English studies, including literature.

The major requires coursework through the Department of English and coursework in partnership with the Department of Teacher Education.



  •  Methods of Teaching English
  •  American Cross-Cultural Authors
  •  Young Adult Literature
  • Creative Writing: Fiction

View courses required for the language arts teaching major.



In preparing for careers as language arts educators, students participate in classroom observations and practicum experiences and will complete a semester of student teaching. Students may also volunteer for organizations like College Mentors for Kids in a variety of capacities that both serve the community and broaden their experience in working with young people.

Explore TEACH Grants

Anderson University participates in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program. A TEACH grant is a non-need-based grant provided to students who intend to teach, in order to help pay for their postsecondary education.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH grant, a student must agree to teach full time for at least four years as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school or educational service agency (ESA) serving low-income students, within eight years of completing or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled in the program of study for which the student received the grant.

If the student does not meet the terms of the TEACH grant service obligation, all TEACH grant funds received will be converted to a direct unsubsidized loan that must be repaid in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH grant disbursement.

At Anderson University, TEACH grants are offered to undergraduates who meet the 3.25 GPA requirement and have been admitted into the teacher preparation program (TPP). The director of the Department of Teacher Education approves the TEACH grant for each year that a student applies. Click here for a TEACH Grant Application [PDF].

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