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English Education EEDU

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Education and Human Services

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
English Major (39-40 credit hours)
LITR 250 Practical Criticism 3
LITR 311 Early American Literature 3
LITR 312 Modern American Literature 3
LITR 351 Early British Literature 3
OR
LITR 323 Shakespeare 3
LITR 352 Modern British Literature 3
LITR 415 Teach LITR-Secondary School 3
ENGL 415 Theory of Composition 4
English Language Studies (6 credits)
ENGL 301 Introduction to Linguistics 3
ENGL 382 Hist - Structure Engl Language 3
ENGL 413 Literacy Issues and Conflicts 3
ENGL 380 History of Rhetoric - Style 3
Diverse Perspectives (3 credits)
LITR 202 Black Literature 3
LITR 203 Intro-African Literature 3
LITR 204 Native American Literature 3
LITR 231 Poetry 3
LITR 241 Intro to World Short Fiction 3
LITR 251 World Drama 3
LITR 261 World Novels 3
LITR 306 Topics Non-Western World Lit 3
LITR 371 Topics in Women's Literature 3
LITR 380 World Folk Literature 3
Electives 9
LITR 327 Adolescent Literature 3
LITR 323 Shakespeare 3
LITR 351 Early British Literature 3
LITR 401 Major Literary Movements 3
LITR 402 Major Authors 3
LITR 416 Literary Theory 3
*Diverse Perspectives: Only one course may be elected from the 200-level 3-9
Any English language studies course not already taken ENGL 301, ENGL 380, ENGL 382, ENGL 413 3-6
Any JRNL Course 3
Any Practical Writing ENGL 222, ENGL 311, ENGL 323 3-9
Professional Education Sequence
Level I
Note: Students seeking admission to teacher education candidacy must meet all university requirements for admission to the specific program they wish to enter.
EDUC 101 Intro to the Professn of Teach 1
EDUC 251 Life Span Human Growth - Devel 3
EDUC 289 Principles Teaching - Learning 3
Level II
Note: Prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program and Level II courses, students must pass all sections of the Basic Skills Test, complete all Professional Education Prerequisite courses with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, with no grade lower than a C (2.0), have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements. Students may have no more than two repeats in Level I coursework.
EDUC 303 School and Work and Society 3
EDUC 338 Secondary General Methods I 4
EDUC 415 Teaching Special Needs 3
EDUC 438 Secondary General Methods II 5
EDUC 443 Tchg Reading-Secondary Areas 3
Level III
Note: Prior to student teaching and professional seminar (Level III courses), students must obtain the appropriate GPA for their major/minor as established by each department, earn an overall GPA of 2.75 in the professional education courses, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements.
EDUC 499 Student Teaching 12
Total 40
NOTE: STUDENTS MUST OBTAIN THE APPROPRIATE GPA FOR THEIR MAJOR/MINOR AS ESTABLISHED BY EACH DEPARTMENT. A 2.75 GPA IS REQUIRED IN THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE SEQUENCE. A 2.50 CUMULATIVE GPA IS ALSO REQUIRED BEFORE STUDENT TEACHING. NOTE: Though faculty advisors are responsible for advising students regarding degree requirements, it is the student who is ultimately responsible for choosing the correct courses and for following the correct program.   

Why Choose English Education?

The English education program prepares prospective teachers for the challenges of teaching students from a broad range of cultural backgrounds in such diverse educational settings as traditional high and middle schools, vocational-technical centers, alternative and magnet schools and tech-prep programs.

Current vocational studies predict growing opportunities for teachers at all levels, both to replace retiring teachers and to provide lower student-teacher ratios in classrooms.

High school graduates, whether they plan to attend college or not, need language and writing instruction that qualifies them to meet the demands of their future careers. The FSU program prepares prospective teachers with the knowledge and skills essential to provide effective English instruction for students in Michigan and throughout the nation.

Professional 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 FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

Graduation Requirements

The English education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU's general education, English, and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult individual program description for other graduation requirements.

A 3.0 GPA must be obtained in all required courses of the English teaching major, a minimum of C in any individual course (or transfer equivalent) within the major and a minimum of a B in ENGL 150 and ENGL 250 (general education requirements or their transfer equivalents).

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College of Education & Human Services
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Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Phone: 231-591-5361


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