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English Teaching

  • Available as a major and minor
    In the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, "The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation." 

  • At Olivet, we prepare our students to make English exciting in their future classrooms, grades 6-12. Our program has NCATE and Illinois certifications. Students learn the foundations of English content, study pedagogy appropriate to language arts and develop professionalism in the teaching profession.

    Besides literature and writing curriculum, students take two courses in language, one in general linguistics and one in descriptive grammar. They take two courses in fostering literacy. Students in the English teaching program take courses in the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, making it an integrated major.

    Our Christian mission is also integrated into the program, making it unique in that we prioritize teaching our majors to embody the love of God in their teaching –– treating learners fairly, believing in their ability to learn, and teaching them respect for people and God’s creation.

    Putting knowledge to work

    The Department of English works in cooperation with the School of Education to meet the requirements for certification for the State of Illinois. In addition to field experiences within the classroom, students will complete a professional semester while student teaching.

    Careers

    Alumni in this field are: 

    • teachers (U.S. and abroad)
    • administrators
    • college professors
    • administrators in education
    • and several other related fields

    We are certified by the state of Illinois and national accrediting body, National College Association of Teacher Education.

    English Teaching is part of the Department of English and Modern Languages within the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the School of Education