Study English teaching at UNI – the state’s leader in teacher preparation

English and Language Arts teachers play an important role in the development of a well-rounded student. They introduce young minds to the world of literature, languages and cultures, while helping them develop their own ability to communicate.

UNI is recognized around the Midwest for its excellence in teacher preparation, and the English teaching program is no different. In fact, UNI trains more language arts teachers than any other university in the state.

Through first-hand classroom experience and observation, our students are prepared to lead their own classes as they begin student teaching. When it comes time to hire English teachers, principals regularly request UNI English teaching graduates for their open positions.

Click here for more information on English Teaching major classes and program requirements.

English teacher in a classroom

in Iowa

UNI’s Department of Languages & Literatures graduates more language arts teachers than any other university in the state.

Top Ranked

UNI is home to a top ranked teacher preparation program, known around the Midwest for excellence. Students gain 750 hours of classroom experience before graduation.


Convenient for students to complete endorsements in other disciplines to be more marketable to school districts.


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Department of Languages and Literatures
1001 Bartlett Hall
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0506

Phone: 319.273.2821
Fax: 319.273.5807

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Opportunities for English Teaching majors

Field Experience

As an English teaching major, you will have three field experiences in which you will explore, define and sharpen your skills as a future classroom teacher. Your teaching experience will be capped off with student teaching which can be done in Iowa, throughout the United States or overseas.


Educator Prep

Students in UNI’s educator preparation programs acquire more than 700 hours of hands-on classroom experience before graduation. This is done through more than 350 school district partnerships, 9 Iowa student teaching centers, and one out of state & international student teaching center that coordinates all out of state and international student teaching placements.


 Professional Organizations 

UNI English Teaching majors are part of a vibrant preservice teaching community that includes the UNI Council of Teachers of English (UNICoTE), which is the student affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Preservice teachers also participate in the Iowa Council of Teachers of English, the award-winning state affiliate of NCTE.



This major enables students to gain a wide-variety of teaching experience by offering courses in communication, literary theory and film. Common career areas for graduates of this major include:

  • English Teacher
  • Language Arts Teacher
  • Grant Writer
  • Journalist
  • Freelancer
  • Social Media Manager


Literature for Young Adults
Reading and evaluation of literature suitable for adolescents. 

Teaching Major Authors
Advanced study of instructional resources, activities, and strategies for effective teaching of major authors in secondary English/Language Arts classrooms; topic may focus on one or more writers (e.g., William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman & Emily Dickinson) or on several writers associated with a period, region, ethnic tradition, or genre (e.g., Modern American Poets). 

The Teaching of English
Preparation for teaching secondary English (5-12); teaching of literature and media, reading and writing, and speaking and listening; attention to curriculum design, language development and use, and evaluation.

Iowa Writing Project

Created in 1977, the Iowa Writing Project (IWP) offers professional growth opportunities for Iowa teachers and advocates exemplary teaching of writing and use of writing for learning in Iowa schools. IWP focuses on Iowa educators, K-college, extending across the state a vision of writing and a consistent approach to the teaching of writing. The Project cooperates with compatible efforts in other states and is an active member of the National Writing Project network. 

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