Reading, writing, listening and communicating are some of the most important skills we learn as children. As we grow and face new challenges, these skills become vital for overcoming obstacles in positive ways. That’s why a language arts curriculum like the one at the University at Central Missouri should not only teach middle school and junior high students the subject but also provide them life skills.
At UCM, we prepare you for this critical task at hand. Become the language arts teacher your students need with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.
A language arts degree designed for teaching middle school and junior high students
When you choose UCM for middle school-junior high school education, you choose the state’s largest stand-alone program of its kind. It has received national recognition by the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE). This ensures your education and training as an English language arts teacher meets the highest standards specific to this age range — grades 5 through 9.
UCM is Missouri’s longest continuously accredited public institution by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. With this rich tradition of excellence, you can be confident you’re getting the best language arts curriculum on your journey to becoming an English language arts teacher.
99% job placement rate of graduates
Fully accredited by the CAEP
Nationally recognized middle-level ed
Field experience begins sophomore year
Many language arts curriculum options
Multiple education student associations
To become an English language arts teacher, you’ll participate in classes on our Warrensburg campus and gain field experience in an actual middle or junior high school classroom.
No matter your location, you’ll be under the guidance of UCM faculty who have experience as former English language arts teachers themselves. They’ll offer feedback as you learn to not only develop and deliver an effective and engaging language arts curriculum but also as you grow into a capable and thoughtful educator. The goal is to help you foster a positive environment that all students can thrive in.
Your language arts curriculum at UCM
As you plan your schedule, you’ll have many choices for literature coursework, including American, British and world literature. A required course, Methods of Teaching Middle Level English Language Arts, will provide research-based approaches for teaching language arts curriculum.
At the University of Central Missouri, learning — and fun — extends beyond our classrooms and even our Warrensburg campus. While studying at UCM to become a language arts teacher, plan to:
With middle-level teachers in high demand, now is a great time to become an English language arts teacher. This is especially true for teachers who earn their Language Arts degree from UCM, since Missouri middle school principals often start with us when looking for candidates. Their confidence in our program and graduates allows us to maintain a 99% job placement rate.
You may also apply the hands-on training and knowledge you gained while earning your Language Arts degree towards completing a master’s degree at UCM.
Understanding your job prospects as a language arts teacher
UCM faculty will work with you to understand your career opportunities as an English language arts teacher. You can get a head start with the interactive tool below.
As you consider how to become an English language arts teacher, you may also want to look for ways to finance your education. To assist you, the University of Central Missouri makes available financial aid information, including details on grants, loans, work study and scholarships.
Scholarships for a future language arts teacher
Use UCM’s Scholarship Finder to find many scholarship opportunities available to Education majors. Some examples include:
College of Education Scholarship Fund: College of Education students may apply.
CenturyLink University of Central Missouri Scholarship: Many majors, including Education majors, may apply.
Kappa Delta Pi Scholarship: Active Kappa Delta Pi members who are pursuing a UCM Teacher degree may apply.
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
This program has been nationally recognized by the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)