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Students wishing to become language arts teachers in grades 7-12 should choose Integrated Language Arts (ILA). ILA is a four-year program in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Human Services that leads to an undergraduate degree in English: Integrated Language Arts. It has specific entrance requirements. The Wright State University chapter of National Council of Teachers of English offers undergraduate opportunities and support for ILA students. The English Club offers enriching activities throughout the year for all students. Our annual Language Arts Fair brings area ILA educators and top language arts students from around the region to Wright State for a day of classroom presentations involving innovative pedagogies in the five strands of integrated language arts. In addition, the event hosts a regional young adult author for a reading and signing on the day of the LA Fair.
View the English program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.
Valuable field experiences are available to Integrated Language Arts students.
You should register with Office of Partnerships and Field Experience OPFE) in College of Education and Human Services for your undergraduate field placement early in your career as an ILA major (sophomore or junior year). You should see an ILA advisor before registering for a field experience.
There are specific deadlines for field placement registration (these are typically the first week of the semester BEFORE you plan to do your placement). Please check the OPFE webpage for further information.
View the Bachelor of Arts in English program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.
To be admitted to the English, Integrated Language Arts concentration program, an undergraduate student must have a 2.7 G.P.A. which includes at least two English courses. The two English courses must also carry the same 2.7 G.P.A.
To apply for admission to the English, Integrated Language Arts concentration program:
If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in English.
To register for an entry level ILA course (ENG 3520, 3530, 3560, or 3570), you must officially be an ILA major.
To continue in the ILA program, you must maintain a 2.7 G.P.A. throughout your undergraduate program. You also must maintain a C or better in all core English and ILA classes. Please note you must have at least a 2.75 G.P.A. for admission into the licensure program.
If you fall below these requirements, a block will be placed on your ability to register for courses. You will need to see your ILA advisor to discuss this block.
As of September 1, 2013, the Pearson OAE English Language Arts Test will replace Praxis for licensure in Adolescent Young Adult Integrated Language Arts in grades 7-12.
Students who take Praxis before September 1, 2013, and achieve a score of 167 or better will not have to take the Pearson test for licensure or admittance to the graduate program in Adolescent Young Adult Integrated Language Arts at Wright State.
Students applying for licensure and/or admission to the graduate program in Adolescent Young Adult Integrated Language Arts in the College of Education and Human Services, who have NOT taken Praxis as of September 1, 2013 MUST take the Pearson OAE English Language Arts Test.
You should register for and take the OAE ELA Test by the summer BEFORE you plan to apply to the M.Ed. program in Adolescent Young Adult Integrated Language Arts in the College of Education and Human Services. This will give you time to retake the test if there is an issue. Applications for the graduate program are due March 1. The program begins in Summer A.
For admittance to the College of Education and Human Services M.Ed. program in Adolescent Young Adult Integrated Language Arts, undergraduate students must score a 220 or better on the Pearson OAE English Language Arts test.
To register for the OAE, visit the Ohio Assessments for Educators website.
The OAE English Language Arts test is number 020.
The OAE is only available online, at an approved OAE test site. Wright State, Dayton campus, is not currently an approved OAE test site. The Lake campus is an approved test site. Columbus State and Ohio State are also approved testing locations.
There are several professional organizations we encourage all ILA undergraduate students to join:
We strongly encourage ILA candidates to take advantage of professional memberships during their time as students in our program. Student rates are very inexpensive and these memberships often lead to incredible professional development, employment, and networking opportunities within and outside of the Ohio area.