Communication Arts & Literature (Teaching)

Turn your dream of becoming an English teacher into reality with the Communication Arts and Literature (Teaching) (CALT) major.

Our licensure program will prepare you to teach English for grades 5 – 12 and meet the requirements set by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Program at a Glance

The Communication Arts and Literature (Teaching) (CALT) major consists of 92 credits.

You’ll complete coursework in literature and communication studies as well as education through the Teacher Education Program, which you’ll also need to apply for by the end of your sophomore year.

Getting admitted to WSU and enrolling as a CALT major doesn’t guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program.

This is an intense program that’s meant to prepare you for the rigorous world of teaching.

But this isn’t meant to scare you—for more than 10 years, 97% of our CALT students get a job within one year of graduation.

Your professors will be there for you every step of the way to help you succeed and earn your teaching degree.

Minor Option

The complementary Mid-Level Communication Arts and Literature (MLCA) minor offered through the College of Education consists of 29 credits.

This minor is the best fit for students working toward a teaching license, especially if you’re completing a degree in Elementary Education (K – 6).

The MLCA minor ultimately endorses you to teach communication arts and literature for students in grades 5 – 8.

Get Ready to Teach

Who better to help improve our world than teachers?

The Minnesota teaching license travels very well across the country. Our program’s students have gone on to work in schools in:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin

Apply for This Program

Declare your major or minor in Communication Arts and Language (Teaching) (CALT) today!

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Reach out to Dr. Elizabeth Zold at for more info.