AYA Integrated Language Arts, BA

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Adolescent to Young Adult Integrated Language Arts (Grades 7-12) (530701BA)

More on the Adolescent to Young Adult Integrated Language Arts major

This program prepares secondary teacher candidates for licensure in Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) - Integrated English Language Arts in the State of Ohio. 

School of Education Admission Requirements For Those Persons Seeking State of Ohio Licensure

All students must complete the following requirements for admission:

  1. School of Education Application for Admission. Responses to the questions on the application will help School of Education advisors offer the most effective and efficient advisement. It will also help advisors know students as individuals with unique backgrounds and experiences. Applications are available online at: http://www.uakron.edu/education/academic-programs/how-to-apply.dot.
  2. Intercollege Transfer (Undergraduate students only). Those students enrolled in another college wishing to complete degree requirements in the School of Education should see their advisor to initiate an intercollege transfer to the School of Education. Those students may not access School of Education core courses prior to admission. Students planning to complete teacher education as part of their degree requirements in another college need not complete an ICT.
  3. Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better overall and 2.5 or better overall in prerequisite credit hours from specific courses identified by the School.
  4. Evidence of competency in reading comprehension and writing as demonstrated by one of the following:
    1. A composite ACT score of 21 or higher, or
    2. A composite SAT-R score of 1060 (Math and Verbal) or higher, or
    3. A grade of "B" or higher in a course that meets the University's General Education English Composition I requirement.
  5. Evidence of competency in mathematics as shown by one of the following:
    1. A composite ACT score of 21 or higher, or
    2. A composite SAT-R score of 1060 (Math and Verbal) or higher, or
    3. A grade of "B" or better in a minimum of 3 credits of mathematics that meets the University's General Education mathematics requirement.
  6. Signed Criminal Background Check Acknowledgment Form

The LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education
Zook Hall, Room 002
Akron, Ohio 44325-4201
(330) 972-7750

The following information has official approval of The LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor. 



General Education Requirements36
Professional Education Requirements for Undergraduate Integrated Language Arts Students36-41
Content Requirements for Undergraduate Integrated Language Arts Students40-43
Additional Credits for Graduation *8-0
Total Hours120

Bachelor's degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. 

Recommended General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Students are not required to enroll in the specific courses listed below. However, to facilitate successful degree completion, the academic department strongly encourages completion of the following recommendations.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
World Literatures
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

Professional Education Requirements for Undergraduate Integrated Language Arts Students 1

Phase One: Learning about Learners
EDFN:200Introduction to Education3
EDFN:220Educational Psychology3
EDSE:100Orientation to the AYA/P-12 Multi-Age Programs0
EDCI:308Instructional Design and Assessment6
EDCI:440Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDIS:225Introduction to Exceptionalities3
Phase Two: Learning about Teaching
EDSE:401Secondary English Language Arts Instructional Techniques3
EDSE:411Clinical Teaching I - Secondary ELA3
Phase Three: Learning to Apply the Principles of Teaching
EDSE:421Instructional Techniques in Secondary Education - II3
EDSE:431Clinical Teaching II3
EDSE:495Student Teaching: Secondary Education 26-11
Total Hours36-41

36 credit hours with a grade of C or better and a GPA of 2.5 or better.


All students must have the approval of the Student Teaching Committee, based upon approved application to student teaching, and passing OAE Content and Reading tests. Planned teaching experience in schools selected and supervised by the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure experiences. Corequisite EDSE:496 Student Teaching Colloquium in Secondary Education. To qualify for student teaching, students must have a 2.5 GPA overall, 2.5 in education classes, and 2.5 in the student’s major, in methods courses, core courses, and in their teaching field(s). Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 100 hours of field experience is also required before student teaching.

Content Requirements for Undergraduate Integrated Language Arts Students 1

ENGL:301English Literature I3
ENGL:315Shakespeare: The Early Plays3
or ENGL:316 Shakespeare: The Mature Plays
ENGL:341American Literature I3
ENGL:362World Literatures3
or ENGL:389 Special Topics: Literature & Language
EDSE:330Teaching Adolescent/Middle Level Literature3
Complete one elective at the 300/400 level in each area:
Multicultural Literature3
Women’s Literature3
ENGL:300Critical Reading & Writing3
EDML:351Modes of Writing for the Middle Grades3
COMM:300Newswriting Across the Media3
ENGL:371Introduction to Linguistics3
EDSE:335Language Learning in Secondary Schools1-4
or EDSE:480 Special Topics: Secondary Education
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Communication
Communication Theory
Small Group Communication
Total Hours40-43

42 credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL:111 English Composition I 3
COMM:105 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic Requirement 3
Natural Science Requirement 3
Social Science Requirement (Domestic Diversity) 3
Spring Semester
ENGL:112 English Composition II 3
Art Requirement 3
Social Science Requirement 3
Humanities Requirement 3
Natural Science w/ Lab Requirement 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
EDFN:200 Introduction to Education 3
EDFN:220 Educational Psychology 3
ENGL:300 Critical Reading & Writing 3
ENGL:301 English Literature I 3
EDSE:100 Orientation to the AYA/P-12 Multi-Age Programs 0
EDIS:225 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3
Spring Semester
EDCI:223 Urban Youth Mentoring 3
COMM:300 Newswriting Across the Media 3
ENGL:341 American Literature I 3
COMM:245 Argumentation 3
Humanities Requirement (Global Diversity) 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
EDCI:308 Instructional Design and Assessment 6
Literature Elective 300/400 Level 3
Shakespeare: The Early Plays
or Shakespeare: The Mature Plays
ENGL:362 World Literatures 3
Spring Semester
EDCI:440 Literacy in the Content Areas 3
Women's Lit elective 3
ENGL:371 Introduction to Linguistics 3
EDSE:330 Teaching Adolescent/Middle Level Literature 3
EDML:351 Modes of Writing for the Middle Grades 3
Summer Semester
EDSE:335 Language Learning in Secondary Schools 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
EDSE:401 Secondary English Language Arts Instructional Techniques 3
EDSE:411 Clinical Teaching I - Secondary ELA 3
Multicultural Lit Elective 3
Language Arts Elective 300/400 Level 3
Language Arts Elective 300/400 Level 3
Spring Semester
EDSE:421 Instructional Techniques in Secondary Education - II 3
EDSE:431 Clinical Teaching II 3
EDSE:495 Student Teaching: Secondary Education 6
 Total Hours120