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.
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.
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.
Debra K. Courtright-Nash, PhD
Department of English, Literature, and World Languages
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 3064
Big Rapids, MI 49307