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.

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

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.

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 Information and Links

College of Education and Human Services
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, Mich. 49307
(231) 591-5361

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