Communication Arts and Literature

Communication Arts and Literature

Think Do Mak a Difference St. Cloud State University St. Cloud State University
Communication Arts and Literature (Teaching)

Communication Arts and Literature (Teaching)

Students in the communication arts and literature major prepare to teach students in grades 5-12 how to experience language and communication through reading and writing. You'll draw courses from the education, English and communication studies departments, and gather a variety of perspectives, techniques and methods for language education. You'll learn to design lessons and classroom experiences that motivate and challenge students. Opportunities for a variety of Education Abroad programs and multicultural campus activities will give you a global view you can use to inspire those you teach.

Program Highlights

  • Award-winning Teacher Quality Enhancement Center partners student teaching candidates with a mix of mentors in community schools.
  • Strong teaching and professional collaborations within the department and with other departments.
  • Encouragement for use of communication skills in a variety of settings through internships and volunteer opportunities.
  • Education Abroad opportunities in Chile, England, Spain, Costa Rica, Australia, Japan and South Africa.
  • Program's core is valuable beyond the classroom in business, health, government and nonprofit employment.

Program Distinctions

  • Accreditation by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Innovative co-teaching initiative designated as a "Signature Project" and "Promising Practice" by NCATE.
  • Faculty members such as Bill Meissner and Shannon Olson have published honored works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
  • More than a dozen department-based scholarships awarded.
  • Kaleidoscope, a multicultural literary arts publication, is produced annually.
  • The Write Place provides individualized help in writing while respecting a writer's authority and ownership of their work. 
  • Intensive English Center (IEC) offers programs language instruction to international students.

Student Organizations

Continuing Education

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 96% of communication arts and literature graduates employed
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • 1 million hours of campus, community volunteer service
  • Tobacco-free campus since 2012
  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
  • 1,100+ international students

Popular Careers

  • High School Teacher
  • Principal/Superintendent
  • Tutoring/Test Preparation
  • GED Preparation
  • Title 1 Instructor
  • Reading Specialist
  • Publishing & Editing