English Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 Generalist)

The Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 Generalist) at St. Edward’s prepares you to provide a well-rounded education for children as an English as a Second Language (ESL)  generalist teacher in today’s diverse classrooms. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in elementary schools in Central Texas.

You’ll achieve the flexibility to teach in multiple subject areas, such as science, math, social studies and art. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your EC–Grade 6 ESL Generalist teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading (EC–6 ESL Generalist)


As a BA in English Language Arts and Reading major, you’ll explore different teaching models and develop effective methods for motivating young learners across a range of topics and disciplines. You’ll learn to design innovative lesson plans, collaborate with other teachers in developing curriculum 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 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 early childhood through grade six 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 Children’s Literature, Emerging Literacy Methods, Introduction to English Linguistics, Introduction to Creative Writing and American Grammar.

BA in English Language Arts and Reading majors complete supporting courses, which include Arts for Children, Teaching Science in the Elementary School and History of Texas.

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

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 (EC–6 ESL Generalist).


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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