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English Education

General Information

The English Education program at Ferris State prepares students for literature, writing and language arts teaching in secondary education. We offer a program of study for those who have a love of literature and language as well as a desire to share their passion with high school and middle school students.

An array of literature, writing, language and rhetoric courses offers English Education students a blend of classical and modern literature, written and oral skills, and critical and creative approaches to language studies.

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Career Opportunities

The English education program prepares students to teach in high school, as well as in vocational-technical centers, alternative and magnet schools, tech-prep programs and other non-traditional educational settings. With additional study, students may also teach in post-secondary schools. The program focuses on preparing prospective teachers for the challenges of teaching students from a broad range of educational and cultural backgrounds. English teachers are in high demand and the employment outlook is excellent. A teaching minor is required. You cannot have an English teaching minor with this teaching major.

Admission Requirements

New Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Minimum Composite ACT Score of 17/SAT 900

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA based on completion of 12 transferable semester credit hours or more.
  • The degree completion program at a statewide and online location requires 30 transferable semester credits to be admitted.
  • Completion of ENGL 150 and ENGL 250 with a B grade or higher or transfer equivalent of B grade or higher
  • Completion of COMM 121 and MATH 114, 115, or 117, or transfer equivalent of C grade or higher

Teacher Certification Requirements

As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Professional Readiness Exam, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the Ferris State graduation requirements of your individual program.

Contact Us

Debra K. Courtright-Nash, PhD
Department of English, Literature, and World Languages
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 3064
Big Rapids, MI 49307
[email protected]
(231) 591-2532

English Education: Ferris State University Course Catalog