English Language Arts

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The minor in English Language Arts (ELA) combines traditional coursework in literature and writing with pedagogical training in content-specific instruction in order to provide students with a strong foundation for teaching English at the secondary level.

In a competitive job market, dual certification increases the employment prospects available to candidates. Due to budget restraints, many districts are now hiring split positions (e.g. Social Studies/English; Foreign Language/English). Becoming endorsed in a second area allows job candidates to apply to such positions. As English is still one of the most in-demand fields (being required and taught at every level 6-12), ELA is an ideal secondary area of expertise.

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Student Professional Organizations

Three student organizations are closely affiliated with the Department of English: English Club, Sigma Tau Delta and Writers Ink. Information about our RSOs is available at: http://www.eiu.edu/english/student_organizations.php

Professional Development Opportunities

The Vehicle is a biannual literary magazine produced by the students of Eastern Illinois University. Read current and past issues at: http://www.thevehiclemagazine.com



To search for scholarship opportunities please visit http://www.eiu.edu/scholarships/

Faculty Listing


Department of English Language Arts, Coleman Hall 3135
Contact Name: Dr. Dana Ringuette
Contact Email: dringuette@eiu.edu
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/english/ela_minor.php