English & Language Arts Endorsement Requirements

Required Coursework

Applicants to the UW Bothell Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification M.Ed. who plan to earn an endorsement in English/Language Arts must have completed coursework in the following areas prior to starting the fieldwork portion of the program. Courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of 2.5.

Please note: it is not necessary to have completed an entire course in the content area. One course may cover multiple content areas if content was addressed in depth.

The following list contains examples of course content that meet the requirements for each subject area.  Applicants may have completed the approved courses or courses with equivalent content.   

Language Study - 1 course

Examples of course content:

  • Critical Reasoning:  Engages students as active thinkers in their reading, analysis of writing and media, and writing. Emphasis is placed upon formulating, and critically evaluating arguments in examples and essays typical of both academic inquiry and active citizen engagement in everyday life.
  • Introduction to the Study of English Language:  Introduces critical, historical, and theoretical frameworks important to studying the literature, language, and cultures of English.

Writing/Composition - 3 courses

Examples of course content:

  • Introduction to Creative Writing:  Inquires into basic elements of creative writing that occur in multiple genres and media. Studies and practices writing in a workshop atmosphere.
  • The Composition Process:  Consideration of psychological and formal elements basic to writing and related forms of nonverbal expression and the critical principles that apply to evaluation.

British Literature - 1 course

Examples of course content:

  • Rise of the English Novel:  Study of the development of this major and popular modern literary form in the eighteenth century. Readings of the best of the novelists who founded the form, and some minor ones, from Defoe to Fielding, Richardson, and Sterne, early Austen, and the gothic and other writers.
  • English Literature: The Middle Ages:  Literary culture of Middle Ages in England, as seen in selected works from earlier and later periods, ages of Beowulf and of Geoffrey Chaucer. Read in translation, except for a few later works, which are read in Middle English.

Shakespeare - 1 course

Example of course content:

  • Shakespeare: Introduces Shakespeare's career as dramatist, with study of representative comedies, tragedies, romances, and history plays.

Literature by U.S. Writers of Color- 1 course

Examples of course content:

  • American Ethnic Literature:  A comparative study of multiple ethnic literatures within American culture and society. Addresses issues surrounding the formation of an American literary canon.
  • Literature of Black Americans: Selected writings, novels, short stories, plays, poems by Afro-American writers. Study of the historical and cultural context within which they evolved. Differences between Afro-American writers and writers of the European-American tradition.

Women Writers or LGBTQ Writers - 1 course

Example of course content:

  •  Women and American Literature: Study of women writers and the ways women have been portrayed in literary texts. Focuses on certain themes, such as selves and subjectivities, or on writers from specific historical, economic, ethnic, or racial backgrounds.
  • Gender Studies in Literature: The study of contemporary approaches to analyzing the gender politics of literature and culture. Examines special topics in the history and development of the major theoretical trends, including the relationship of certain theories of gender to relevant works of literature.

Global Literature or Literature in Translation - 1 course

Literatures in English written by Africans or Asians meet the requirement. Translations from another language into English qualify (e.g., Russian Literature translated into English).

U.S. Literature - 1 course

Example of course content:

  •  American Literature: Examination of significant writers and literary developments within American culture and society. Addresses issues surrounding the formation of an American literary canon. Stresses themes and methods for advanced literary interpretation within American Studies.

Children's or Adolescent Literature - 1 course

Example of course content:

  • Children's Literature and Reader Response Criticism: Studies children's literature and its use in classrooms. Explores theories of reader response and the design of response-based activities.

Literary Theory and Criticism - 1 course

Example of course content:

  • Reading Major Texts:  Intensive examination of one or a few major works of literature. Classroom work to develop skills of careful and critical reading. Book selection varies, but reading consists of major works by important authors and of selected supplementary materials.
  • Critical Practice:   Intensive study of, and exercise in, applying important or influential interpretive practices for studying language, literature, and culture, along with consideration of their powers/limits. Focuses on developing critical writing abilities.

Use the Transcript Review Form for English/Language Arts Endorsement Coursework to determine if you have completed the required courses.