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Lake Superior State University

Language Arts: Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

Featuring small classes, lots of reading, many opportunities for writing and research, and supervision by faculty who know their students, the English programs emphasize the human letters and language study.

The goal of this program is to prepare future teachers to instill a lifelong love of reading and writing in their students. To this end, Language Arts candidates sponsor an annual children's writing festival and publish an anthology with stories written by area elementary school students. Language Arts candidates have the opportunity to practice their teaching before they graduate in a variety of local classrooms, as part of their professional education coursework.

The Language Arts program prepares graduates for elementary-level teacher certification in Michigan, which permits individuals to teach in self-contained classrooms at grades K-8, in all subjects at grades K-5, and in language arts at grades 6-8.  See Elementary Teaching for additional information regarding this program.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Language Arts -  Elementary Teaching

In this program, students will complete a teaching major in Language Arts, and a planned program in the other three academic areas essential to elementary school teaching:  mathematics, natural science and social science.  The planned program is explained in the Elementary Education section of this catalog.

The program also includes general education requirements and a professional education sequence.  Students complete their initial professional education course in their sophomore year, and then apply for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program.

English Requirements (36 credits)

English Departmental Requirements (8 credits)

  • One year of a modern language other than English

For information regarding the Professional Educational Sequence and Elementary Planned Program, - see Elementary Education.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252 or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.70 or higher.  A gpa of 2.70 or higher is required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.

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