English, Language Arts & Reading are a collection of specific crafts pertaining to the use of language for communication. Taken as a whole, they are the skills, including reading, composition, speech, and spelling taught to give students a thorough proficiency in using language. English as a Second Language (ESL) is an English language study program for nonnative speakers. The goal of an ESL program is to improve students’ levels of English. ESL classes teach different language skills, depending on students’ English abilities, interests and needs. All programs teach the following: Conversational English, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, writing and vocabulary.
Description of the Field
Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with Texas teaching certifications in English, Language Arts & Reading 4-8 and English as a Second Language. As part of the 126 credit hours students are required to take for the Bachelor of Science degree, students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program by fulfilling GPA requirements and passing the THEA test with the required scores for admission to the Teacher Education Program. These scores may differ from score requirements for admission to the university. Students must also complete Clinical I which includes classroom observations and Clinical II which is the student teaching semester. Finally, in order to teach in the state of Texas, students must pass state certification exams which they are eligible to take after completing the Teacher Education Program and consulting with the UNT Dallas Certification Officer to ensure they are adequately prepared before registering. After these requirements are completed, students are eligible for teacher certification through UNT Dallas.
Possible Job Titles
Elementary Language Arts Teacher
Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Middle School Reading Teacher
Educational Materials Sales
Social Services Worker