College of Arts and Sciences

English Education Teacher Certification Program

The Department of English in conjunction with the College of  Education and Human Services offers a degree in English Education leading to certification that enables WIU graduates to teach in middle schools and high schools. The program is designed to provide our students with substantial content and pedagogical knowledge—knowledge that will prepare them for a lifelong career in teaching. Our goal is to help students develop habits of critical, reflective, and creative thinking.

Over the past 5 years, 90 to 95 percent of our English Education graduates have been successful in finding teaching positions.

Courses and Requirements

Students take a series of courses that cover a variety of genres and historical periods, as well as a diverse range of ethnicities and culture. Our program also gives students opportunities to become confident and skilled writers in traditional and non-traditional modes, and promotes a comprehensive language arts curriculum, which includes technology, visual arts, drama, and film. This progressive program also promotes the teaching and learning of 21st Century literacies.