All About LIT/Ed

Who directs the major?

How do I find out more about Communication Arts and Literature/Secondary Education?

Who succeeds in this major?

What skills will I learn as a LIT/Ed major?

What courses will I take in this major?

What work will I do in these courses?

What opportunities exist outside the classroom?

Is there any opportunity to study overseas?

What careers do LIT/Ed majors pursue?

Where do I look for job opportunities?

Who employs LIT/Ed majors?

Do LIT/Ed majors have internships?

What is the projected job growth in this field?

Who teaches LIT/Ed majors?

How do I get a teaching licensure with this degree?

Can I earn a Master's at SMSU?

Do SMSU English professors publish work?


Who directs the major?

 

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How do I find out more about Communication Arts and Literature/Secondary Education?

For further information, call the SMSU English Department at 507-537-7155, or Dr. James Zarzana at 507-537-7279. He can also be reached by e-mail at james.zarzana@smsu.edu.

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Who succeeds in this major?

Students who pursue this degree have strong reading and communication skills, along with a desire to teach secondary education. Students are also enrolled in Education courses at SMSU.

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What skills will I learn as a LIT/Ed major?

This degree grants the Minnesota State Teaching License for 5-12 grade Communication Arts and Literature. It includes the license for teaching Speech. The required skills are teaching ability, composition, literature, and speech.

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What courses will I take in this major?

Please see the SMSU English Department Course Catalog for more information.

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What work will I do in these courses?

Students should expect to read, write, analyze, speak, and tutor in these courses. Eventually LIT/Ed majors will student teach.

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What opportunities exist outside the classroom?

The Fine Arts Community is located in the residence halls allowing students interested in the fine arts to live together. LIT/Ed majors are welcome and encouraged to live in this house. English, Art, Music, Theatre, and Speech Communication majors share specialized living spaced designed just for them. Like all the neighbors, the RAs and staff are also studying the Fine Arts, so camaraderie exists from the moment new students move in. Poetry readings and open mic nights are scheduled in the Fine Arts house so that residents can share their talents with this thriving Fine Arts Community. See Residence LIfe for more information about campus living.

In addition to the pre-student teaching experience, our majors tutor in the Writing Center as a way to prepare for their semester-long student teaching requirement. By the time our majors are student teaching at the end of their studies, they are well prepared.

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Is there any opportunity to study overseas?

All SMSU students may study aboard via various programs. The Education Department has opportunities to study and teach in Thailand and other countries. Consult with the Education Department directly for more information.

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What careers do LIT/Ed majors pursue?

Our graduates go on to teach secondary education in Communication Arts and Literature. Many of our graduates stay in-state, but others teach across the nation and around the world.

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Where do I look for job opportunities?

Many SMSU students use Mustang Jobs to find job opportunities. Look at our Jobs, Careers, and Internships page to find more information about jobs, internships and on-campus job opportunities. Often, our majors are hired at the schools where they completed their student teaching.

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Who employs LIT/Ed majors?

After graduation our majors are generally able to secure a full time teaching position in the location of their choice. While many choose to teach throughout Minnesota, other graduates are teaching in California, Chicago, and Denver, to name a few out-of-state locations. Others have taught for a time overseas. This degree includes Minnesota state licensure, a teaching license recognized around the country for its sound pedagogical methodology, and comprehensiveness.

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Do LIT/Ed majors have internships?

Most students essentially intern by student teaching. More information is given in the Internship Guidelines. Information about obtaining an internship is available at our Jobs, Careers, and Internships page.

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What is the projected job growth in this field?

The job prospect is strong. As Baby Boomers retire, the 5-12 grade teaching area is opening up.

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Who teaches LIT/Ed majors?

Since the major is a mixture of three academic areas (Literature, Speech, and Education) you will get highly trained and specialized professors from each area. Our LIT professors may also be published writers who bring a different perspective to their instruction.

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How do I get a teaching licensure with this degree?

Because of stringent Board of Teaching requirements, this degree includes a large portion of Speech and Education classes. Students may actually earn the Communication Arts and Literature/Secondary Education with a Speech emphasis rather than an English emphasis. This distinct credential is offered through the Speech Department. It has a smaller Literature emphasis although many of the core classes in Literature and Education are the same. For information on this specialized license, students are encouraged to speak with the Fine Arts & Communication Department.

It is also possible to earn a teaching license for 5-8 grade in Communication Arts and/or the Reading Specialty by earning an Elementary Education Degree directly through the Education Department. Students interested in these licenses should contact the Education Department.

Since many of the essential English, Speech, and Education requirements are the same, a student may begin one of these degrees and easily move to another. A few of our LIT/Ed majors will switch to an English degree with a Literature emphasis without a license because they decide to teach at a higher level, or they decided to attend law school or pursue a library science degree. At SMSU, there is always a faculty member to speak to you about professional options and degree choices and career changes.

It is possible for an English degree holder to obtain an 5-12 grade Communication Arts and Literature license. These programs are individual and need to be worked out with intense review of the student’s academic record and career experiences. Speak with the Education and English Department directly for information on how to obtain this license.

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Can I earn a Master's degree at SMSU?

Speak with the Graduate Studies Office for more information about Graduate Education degrees specific to your interests.

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Do SMSU English professors publish work?

Check back for a complete list coming soon!

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