English Teacher Education
The English Teacher Education program (ETE) is an English Studies sequence in the Department of English (College of Arts and Sciences) at Illinois State University. Admitted teacher candidates will prepare to become effective secondary (grades 9-12) English Language Arts (ELA) teachers in diverse classrooms. Coursework in the 46-hour major develops content knowledge and discipline-specific methods by addressing how theory and research support best practices in integrated language arts skills pedagogy.
Teacher candidates develop and apply instructional delivery skills through clinical experiences conducted at University High School (Illinois State's on-campus laboratory school) and a variety of public school classrooms: rural, suburban, and urban.
Point of Pride
More English teachers in Illinois attended Illinois State than any other school.
Why study English Teacher Education?
The program emphasizes a critical literacy practices framework valuing language arts skills for life-long learning with these core values:
- Teaching and learning for democracy and social justice
- Respect for the diversity of learners
- Writing as a rhetorical process
- Reading as a strategic process
- Multiple perspective taking
- Meeting student needs through differentiation
- Teaching speaking, listening, and language skills for students to become advocates
Applying to Illinois State
For new transfer and readmitted students only. New freshmen may apply for admission to the English Teacher Education sequence at a later date. See English Education Handbook for specific requirements.