English Language Arts and Reading (4–8)

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (4–8) at St. Edward’s prepares you for the critical role of strengthening the literacy skills of today’s middle-school students. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in middle schools in Austin.

You’ll study a range of topics that give you the foundation to teach classic and contemporary works of great writers and essential literacy skills to young people. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your Grades 4–8 English Language Arts and Reading teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary and middle school classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (4–8)


As a BA in English Language Arts and Reading major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop methods for honing reading and writing proficiency among students. You’ll learn to design lesson plans rooted in well-known literature, create strategies for improving vocabulary and reading, and integrate technology into your teaching approach. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.

Students select this degree with the goal of teaching in elementary and middle schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.

With a BA in English Language Arts and Reading, graduates may teach in fourth- to eighth-grade classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in English Language Arts and Reading majors take courses from these groups:

Students who major in English language arts and reading complete core courses, which include British Literature, American Grammar, Introduction to English Linguistics, Content Area Literacy, and Research and Argumentation.

BA in English Language Arts and Reading majors complete required minor courses in Teacher Education, which include Foundations in Education, Learning Processes and Evaluation, and Educational Technology Integration.

You will have 80 to 120 hours of teaching experiences in the field, which include one-on-one, small-group and whole-class settings.

After completing your field experience hours, you will undertake a 13-week student teaching internship in a culturally diverse school in Central Texas.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (4–8).


In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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