English Language Arts Endorsement

The language arts program is designed to provide preparation in methods that are specific to the teaching of reading and writing to students in grades 6–12.

Courses examine why and how teachers represent language arts concepts, how language arts provides students the opportunity to develop and practice literary reasoning skills, and instructional strategies for facilitating student engagement with a variety of texts.

We research state and national language arts curriculum standards in the context of readings and discussions, presenting critiques and alternatives to standardized language arts curriculum.


Pre-Program Content Preparation for Admissions

Applicants applying for the English language arts endorsement are expected to have a:

  • Major in English or related field OR
  • Combination of 36 upper and lower division credit hours related to:
    • Contemporary and traditional literature including American, English, and world literature
    • Advanced written expression
    • Literary theory or criticism, communication arts, oral expression, and/or general cultural linguistics

To convert semester hours to term hours, multiply semester hours by 1.5:

Term Hours = Semester Hours X 1.5


Entrance Test Requirement

UOTeach requires a passing Oregon Educator Licensing Assessment (ORELA) English Language Arts test for admissions.

Applicants are encouraged to take the English test early in the application process.

The test may be taken on campus or at any other testing facility available through ORELA. The test may be taken multiple times, but admission cannot be finalized without a passing score.

English Language Arts #301 ORELA: Passing Score = 220

Out-of-state applicants must take the ORELA subject area test. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSCP) will not accept any test outside of ORELA for students from in-state licensure programs.

If you have questions or would like to petition the Oregon TSPC, email contact.tspc@oregon.gov.

Looking for Study Materials?

The UO Library has ORELA study guides. Materials can also be requested through the library Summit network system. From the UO website, go to UO Library and type Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments in the Library Search. If books are not available on campus, you can “Place a Summit Request” through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL). If you have questions, call 541-346-3055 or email ill@uoregon.edu. Books are typically available for six days.

Testing Fee Waiver

Students on financial aid can apply to NES for a test fee waiver. This process takes several weeks and must be completed prior to registering for the test.

Complete the fee waiver application and bring it to your Financial Aid office for process.

UOTeach does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).