If you're preparing to teach another subject but want to be one of the best-prepared new teachers around, consider adding the minor in English Language Arts (ELA). The program 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.