Communication Arts & Literature
Educators in the field of Communication Arts and Literature teach learners in grades 5-12 a wide variety of oral and written communication skills. Their learners also begin to understand the plethora of ways in which humans communicate and learn about the world through the study of literature. In addition to being prepared to teach communication arts and literature, graduates of this program can take their ability to teach communication skills into the business, governmental and non-profit worlds. In this program, you will:
- Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
- Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
- Learn from expert faculty currently active in the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom
|License & MA|
For the License:
TEGR 510 Education's Place in Society
For the MA (add the following):
CIED 500 Principles of Educational Research
Full course catalog with descriptions
Below is the coursework needed to fulfill Communication Arts and Literature (5-12) licensure requirements in Minnesota. Coursework is included in your program of study. You may have completed some of these requirements as an undergraduate. Our admissions team will help you to determine which requirements if any are met via the transcript review process.
5-12 Communication Arts & Literature Requirements
|TEGR 545 Adolescent Literature|
|COJO 111 Public Communication I|
COJO 112 Public Communication II
|COJO 212 Rhetorical Criticism|
COJO 220 OR COJO 370 Interpersonal Communication OR Intercultural Communication
|ENGL 121 Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing|
|ENGL 201/202/203/204 Select One: Texts in Conversation (specific definer)|
|ENGL 300 Theory & Practice of Writing|
|ENGL 305 Linguistics: English Language|
|ENGL 380 / ENGL 280 Issues in English Studies / Intro to English Studies|
|One course from each of the following four categories: (total 16 credits)|
|ENGL 211 or ENGL 212 British Authors I or II|
|ENGL 214 or ENGL 215 American Authors I or II|
|ENGL 220 or ENGL 221 Classical or Modern Tradition|
|ENGL 217 or ENGL 218 Multicultural or Women's Literature|
- Candidates for this degree have:
- A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
- A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). If below 3.0, please reference our special admissions policy.
- Submit the following application materials:
- Application form
- Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
- Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
- Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
- Personal statement.
- Submit the supplementary materials:
- Initial Licensure: MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
- Official test score
- International Applicants:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
- Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.
Ongoing Professional Development
Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.
Mentored Clinical Practice
The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.
The College of Education, Leadership & Counseling takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.