Broad Field Language Arts – 4-12 Education

Delivery Method: On-Campus, Online
Type: Major
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The University of Wisconsin-Superior was founded as a teacher education college in 1893. That strong heritage of innovation and quality has guided our education programs for more than a century. Today, UW-Superior is still regarded as a frontrunner in PK-12 education programs. Our graduates are leaders in their field, making a lasting difference in students’ lives. The need for dedicated and highly skilled educators has never been greater and with a degree from UW-Superior, opportunities abound.

As a broad field language arts major, you will be prepared to teach English and language arts classes such as creative writing, public speaking, and communication. The program leads to grades 4-12 licensure in the State of Wisconsin and requires completion of the instruction minor and a full semester of teaching.

This program is available on campus and online. UW-Superior also offers an English secondary education licensure program.

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Student Teaching

Experiential learning included throughout coursework and a full semester of student teaching. Our Field Experience Coordinator will help you find student teaching placements that fit your individual needs and goals



Program aligns with Wisconsin state licensure requirements. However, many students apply for licenses in other states, such as Minnesota and Michigan. Check your state’s Department of Education to determine if there are additional requirements.

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No Enrollment Cap

Unlike many universities, our education programs do not have an enrollment cap, meaning there is no enrollment limit for students who meet admissions guidelines.

Through my time in the BFLA program and learning from the English professors here at UW-Superior, I have felt so welcomed. I feel so honored have been taught by such kind and unbelievably knowledgeable individuals. Everyone I have worked with has shown their true admiration for English and it truly shines through within the courses.

Grace Baker, Broad Field Language Arts

What You’ll Learn

Students follow a course of study approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, including an array of courses in various literary focuses and genres as well as coursework specific to media studies and English education. Additional coursework is completed through the teacher education program.

Program Outcomes/Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, you will have gained an understanding of the central concepts, institutional practices and assessments of English/language arts. Coursework for the major includes a range of literary periods and genres, as well as courses in writing, film, and rhetoric.

Through electives, you can also choose to explore topics such as:

  • Acting for theatre
  • British, American or world literature
  • Literature by women
  • Nonfiction literature
  • Spanish language

There is a well-documented nationwide shortage of teachers, and licensed teachers are in high demand. The vast majority of our graduates find teaching jobs upon graduation, and many have multiple opportunities to choose from.

Licensure for Degree Holders

If you currently hold a degree and are interested in teaching, UW-Superior offers licensure programs that apply your coursework.

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