Teaching Communication Arts & Literature B.A.A.

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Department of Education

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412 Library Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
United States

Program Type
Bachelor of Applied Arts
College of Education and Human Service Professions

About this Program

The Bachelor of Applied Arts (B.A.A.) in Teaching Communication Arts and Literature is offered by the Department of Education in conjunction with the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies and the Department of Communication.

This major guides students in learning from their own experiences as students as they begin to take responsibility as teachers in real classrooms. Students explore numerous forms of writing while also learning to teach writing, read engaging texts across many genres while also learning to teach reading, and design curriculum that builds their future students’ literacy with the full range of language arts. 

  • Program meets MN teacher licensure requirements for Teaching Communication Arts and Literature grades 5-12
  • Focused course work on teaching about and with Native Americans, as well as the role of diversity in American education; students develop an understanding of working with all learners
  • Known for preparing teachers who are technologically adept and skillful
  • Program is relevant and current; faculty engage in best practices, professional collaborations, and research in education
  • Teaching methods integrated into several courses
  • Field-based program with many weeks of opportunities to be immersed in grade 5-12 classrooms.
  • High job placement after graduation

Acquired Skills

  • Extensive knowledge of literature across time periods and genres
  • The ability to write across a range of genres
  • Explicit knowledge of English language, grammar, and rhetoric
  • Strategies for improving students' reading, writing, and communication
  • Curriculum and lesson plan development

Career Possibilities

Entry Level:

  • Middle and High School English Teacher
  • Editor
  • Journalism
  • Literary Critic
  • Public Relations

Advanced Degree:

  • Dean of Students
  • Principal
  • School Counselor
  • Superintendent
  • Community College Instructor

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data

Admissions and Scholarships

Current students in CEHSP may be eligible for both merit-based and need-based scholarships. More than 100 scholarships are available each academic year, awarding over $370,000 annually to CEHSP students. For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit the CEHSP scholarship webpage.

Student Clubs

  • Education Minnesota Aspiring Educators (EMAE)
  • Fellowship of Student Writers
  • UMD Literary Guild
  • Writing Club

Faculty Highlights

  • Recipients of campus and college awards for outstanding teaching, research, advising, and service
  • Faculty members are dedicated teachers, academic advisors, scholarly researchers, and curriculum designers