Language Arts Education

Bachelor of Arts in Language Arts Education

About the B.A. in Adolescent and Young Adult Language Arts Education Degree

Would you like to be an English/Language Arts teacher? Cedarville’s distinctly Christian, accredited Adolescent and Young Adult Language Arts (AYALA) education major will train you to teach language arts effectively in grades 7–12 in Christian or public schools. This academically challenging program will prepare you to think critically and communicate effectively, equipping you to teach the next generation to do the same.

Why Study Language Arts Education at Cedarville?

Young Adult Language Arts Education Program Highlights

Broad curriculum — You will take a full English curriculum as well as a complete block of education courses.

Community — You will experience a tight-knit community among fellow students and your professors, who care about building meaningful relationships.

Real-world exposure — You will have various classroom experiences, starting as early as sophomore year.

Student teaching options — You can choose to complete your student teaching experience locally in Christian or public schools or in a foreign country approved by the School of Education.

Opportunities to change lives — We believe that a degree in education is the opportunity to change lives for the Kingdom of God and at Cedarville. You will find many ways to pursue your passion and hone your teaching skills: tutoring local students, teaching in area ministries, and educating diverse communities.

Diverse experiences — You will have field experiences or clinical practice for both conventional and distance learning programs that provide experiences with male and female grade 7–12 students from different socioeconomic groups and ethnic/racial groups. You will also work with English language learners and students with disabilities during some of your field experiences and/or clinical practice to develop and practice your knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions for working with all students.

What Can I Do With Adolescent and Young Adult Language Arts Education?

  • Teach wherever God calls you! Our teacher-candidates are known for their quality of education, commitment to the field of education, and their diversified experiences to prepare them for teaching in the classroom. Cedarville Education graduates are teaching all around the world in public, private, Christian, urban, international, and mission schools!
  • Go to graduate school! Our robust curriculum prepares you to pursue a master's program — either in English or in education.    
  • Achieve testing success! Every teacher candidate is required to complete licensure exams in order to be a licensed teacher in the state of Ohio. The teacher-candidates at Cedarville University are well prepared for these exams, as evidenced by our 97% success pass rate on the licensure exams (data from the 2016-2017 Ohio Assessment for Educators Pass rate Test Summary ResultsAnalyzer). The average pass rate for teacher-candidates in the state of Ohio is 91% success.
  • Receive licensure! As a graduate of the Teacher Education Program at Cedarville University, you will receive two teaching certifications. Our accreditation status enables you to receive a state of Ohio teaching license in your field of study that is transferable to any state in the U.S. You will also qualify to receive an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certificate, which allows you to teach internationally and in Christian schools. The ACSI certificate is nationally recognized and does not require state-to-state transfer.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Your coursework will be complemented by the following opportunities as you complete your (AYALA) education degree.

Field experiences early and often — We believe it is important that our teacher-candidates have many hands-on experiences in schools. That is why you will engage in local school settings during your first year as a teacher-candidate at Cedarville University and will continue to experience teaching within a school setting each year of your teacher training at Cedarville. By the time you graduate, you will have completed more than 600 hours in classroom experiences!

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) — Students who demonstrate scholarship and succeed in their English coursework may be eligible for admittance into our English honor society, AKD, which is the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a nation organization. This prestigious organization has a lifetime membership and provides opportunities for presenting work at conferences and applying for scholarships.

Student Education Association (SEA) — Cedarville's education student organization is a Christ-centered community built on equipping teachers to serve each other and those around them. Throughout the year, you will participate in professional growth events, ministry opportunities, and fun activities. You’ll also have ministry opportunities through the adopt-a-senior program, the birthday ministry, breakfast for teachers, and other ministries. Any education major is welcome!

Partnership Programs — These programs allow you to be part of field experience and classroom learning within one of the schools in nearby participating school districts. You will learn teaching strategies and practices from Cedarville University professors while engaging those practices and theories in real classrooms with real students and teachers.

Cross-cultural experiences/study abroad — Each year, during May term or over the summer, Cedarville faculty members conduct classes all over the world with our study abroad program. In our trip to Ireland, for example, you can take English or education courses. 

Student teaching program — You may choose to complete your student-teaching experience overseas. This experience occurs as the final semester of your study as a teacher-candidate at Cedarville University. You will spend approximately 16 weeks overseas in an English-speaking school. The School of Education of Cedarville University works with CCTECC to coordinate an overseas experience for teacher-candidates who wish to complete their student teaching internship abroad. You may choose to go to almost any country in the world and will receive specialized training for this experience. Recent teacher-candidates have completed their Overseas Student Teaching Program in the following countries:

  • Africa
  • Australia
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • South Africa

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Program Faculty

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Cyndi Messer, M.A.

Associate Professor of English

  • Location AM 31
  • Phone 937-766-3248
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Dave Leitch, J.D., Ph.D.

Interim Dean, Assistant Professor of Special Education

  • Location WI 116
  • Phone 937-766-6135
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Language Arts Education Program Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take education foundations and methods courses, as well as a full curriculum of English courses.

Sample courses:
  • Contemporary Young Adult Literature 
  • eLearning
  • Intro to Creative Writing
  • Literary Analysis
  • Methods of Teaching Integrated Language Arts
  • Philosophy of Education
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog