English language arts teachers come up with innovative and effective ways to best teach reading, speaking, listening, and writing to a group of adolescents. Teachers interact with parents, administrators, and other faculty to ensure each child has what he/she needs to be successful. Individuals who earn a degree in English language arts usually become middle or high school teachers. Language arts teachers work more than 40 hours per week, dividing their time between the classroom and lesson planning, grading, professional development, and faculty obligations.
Students must have a bachelor's degree to become a teacher, although some states require middle and high school teachers to earn a master's degree after earning their teaching certification. Students interested in this career should prepare to take courses in poetry, Shakespeare, nonfiction and fiction writing, English literature, history of language, grammar, syntax, rhetoric, composition, and world literature. Students will also have to fulfill supervised student teaching for a certain period of time within their four-year undergraduate degree work. All language arts teachers who teach in public schools are required to have a teaching license or certification in that particular state; check with your state for specific requirements. Middle school teachers had a 2010 median pay of $51,960; for high school teachers it was $53,230.
Lewis & Clark College offers 2 English/Language Arts Teacher Education degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 14 English/Language Arts Teacher Education students graduated with students earning 13 Master's degrees, and 1 Certificate.