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Middle School-Junior High School, BSE - Language Arts Concentration

Language Arts Teacher Degree

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.

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99% job placement rate of graduates

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Fully accredited by the CAEP

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Nationally recognized middle-level ed

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Field experience begins sophomore year

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Many language arts curriculum options

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Multiple education student associations

What you will study

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.


Excellence in Language Arts Education

  • The University of Central Missouri offers a Language Arts program curriculum specific to middle-level education. This has gained the attention of Missouri school districts, which allows us to maintain one of the highest employment rates among UCM programs.
  • A Best Value College for Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value Bachelor's Degree College for Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Most Focused Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 5%: Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 4.5%: Most Popular Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in UCM’s Language Arts degree program for teachers

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:

  • Observe a teacher and engage with students in an actual middle school or junior high classroom starting your sophomore year
  • Continue with a combination of on-campus and field learning 
  • Complete student teaching in your final semester with confidence since you already know the ins and outs of the classroom
  • Earn membership to the Kappa Delta Pi or Phi Kappa Phi honor societies
  • Join UCM’s Student Missouri State Teachers Association or the Collegiate Middle Level Association to hear from guest speakers, attend fun events and make friends for life


What can you do with a Language Arts degree for teachers from UCM?

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.




Financial assistance options for your teacher of Language Arts degree

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.



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Take your degree further.

Use your undergraduate degree to find success in one of the following graduate programs at UCM:

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Make yourself more marketable.

Offer greater value to your classroom and its students with:

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Explore programs related to your language arts degree.

If you have an interest in language arts, you may also want to explore these UCM undergraduate programs:  




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)


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