Students wishing to become language arts teachers in grades 7-12 should choose Integrated Language Arts (ILA). ILA is a five-year program that begins in the College of Liberal Arts with an undergraduate degree in English: Integrated Language Arts and continues in the College of Education and Human Services with a master’s in education (M.Ed.) in Adolescent Young Adult: Integrated Language Arts and licensure. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs have specific entrance requirements, which can be viewed in the tabs section below. The Wright State University chapter of National Council of Teachers of English offers both undergraduate and graduate 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 LAE 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.
Office of Partnerships and Field Experience (OPFE) in College of Education and Human Services
Undergraduate Field Experience Information for ILA Candidates
You should register 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.
Steps for Registration
(taken from the Office of Partnerships and Field Experience (OPFE) website):
- SUBMIT the appropriate online application - via TK20
- Complete a FBI and BCII Check at the ERC (112 Allyn Hall) and request a copy for your records
- Submit a resume to TK20 as part of your application.
- Register (via Wings Express or with the Registrar) for ED 2650 or ED 2750, at your scheduled time for registering.
Undergraduate Phase I classes consist of ED 2600, ED 2650, ED 2700, ED 2750, and EDS 2900 for most programs (check your program of study). It is important that the Phase I Pre-program field experiences be completed simultaneously with the following courses:
- ED 2650 field experience taken with ED 2600.
- ED 2750 field experience taken with ED 2700.
Completion of the Phase I application does not guarantee your enrollment into these classes - you must register via Wings Express or at the Registrar's office.
A Phase I orientation information session will be scheduled. All Phase I students are required to attend this orientation PRIOR to beginning this field experience. Look for an email for notification of the sessions being offered, as well as the home page of this website.
Field Experience Assignments
Your field experience site is arranged according to the information provided on your online application and according to your anticipated registration for that term. If you have an unresolved issue with the registrar's office, bursar's office, financial aid, or any other office that is preventing you from registering, please notify our office. We are willing to work with you.
Licensure issues should be referred to the licensure advisors located in the Office of Student Services, 378 Allyn Hall, (937) 775-3088. All field experience or practicum-related concerns should be directed to the Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences, also located in 378 Allyn Hall, (937) 775-2107.
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.
Registering for the Pearson OAE English Language Arts (020) 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:
WSU-NCTE is our university chapter of National Council of Teachers of English. The organization provides support for students studying to take the Pearson OAE English Language Arts Test, helps participating members fund conference attendance, supports local teachers with resources and classroom texts, assists with the Language Arts Fair each spring, and offers graduate school and employment support for both undergraduate and graduate students. To become a member or officer, please contact Dr. Angela Beumer Johnson.
Ohio Council of Teachers of English (OCTELA) is the Ohio affiliate organization of National Council of Teachers of English that supports classroom teachers with resources, censorship issues, and serves as a liaison between Ohio educators and the Ohio Department of Education and legislators. OCTELA publishes Ohio Journal of English Language Arts (OJELA), a nationally recognized journal for ELA researchers and educators at all levels They also have an annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, a great place to meet regional teachers, administrators, and view presentations by area teachers and researchers. The conference is a minimal cost for students, and membership and a subscription to OJELA are included in the conference fees. Visit the OCTELA website for more information.
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is a national organization for English teachers at all levels. NCTE publishes three journals for language arts teachers and researchers. They hold an annual conference, which is widely attended and offers progressive presentations about ILA pedagogy and research. Visit the NCTE website for more information and student rates for membership.
Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN) is an affiliate of National Council of Teachers of English. ALAN specifically focuses the reviewing and teaching of literature for adolescents. They publish the ALAN Review, which is an excellent journal for teachers and candidates who wish to incorporate young adult literature in their classrooms. Visit the ALAN website for more information.
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.