English Education

Major Requirements

Major: English Education (Standard & Communication Options)

Degree Type: B.S. or B.A.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable.  Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

English Education Major Requirements

GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required for placement in student teaching and exit from the program.

Teaching Specialty Core Requirements
ENGL 209Introduction to Linguistics3
ENGL 222Introduction to Poetry3
ENGL 240World Literature Masterpieces3
ENGL 272Literary Analysis3
ENGL 251British Literature I3
or ENGL 252 British Literature II
ENGL 261American Literature I3
or ENGL 262 American Literature II
ENGL 360Grammatical Structure/English3
ENGL 380Shakespeare3
ENGL 435Young Adult Literature in a Multicultural World3
ENGL 458Advanced Writing Workshop3
ENGL300-400 Literature Electives (2 courses)6
Professional Education Core Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 475Reading in the Content Area2
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (English)3
EDUC 482Classroom Practice/Methods of Teaching II: (English)3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
Select One Option
Standard Option or Communication Option (see requirements below)14 -20
Total Credits86-92
In addition to the core requirements above, the standard option requires the student to select either a modern foreign language for a B.A. degree or a minor or second major for a B.S. degree.14 or 16+
B.A. degree requirement - A modern foreign language requires students to complete courses through the 200 level intermediate conpentency (typically 14 credits).
B.S degree requirement - Student must complete a minor or a second major (minimum 16 credits)..
In addition to the core requirements above, the communication option requires students to complete the following:
Communication Core Courses
COMM 112Understanding Media and Social Change3
COMM 200Introduction to Media Writing3
COMM 220Persuasion3
Elective Courses: Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following:9
Human Communication
Forensic Practice
Intercultural Communication
Rhetorical Traditions
Advanced Media Writing
Multimedia Editing
Argumentation and Advocacy
Photography for the Media
Principles of Strategic Communication
History of Journalism
Total Credits18

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all Professional Education Requirement courses.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in professional education as well as passing the appropriate Praxis II exam are required to exit the program.
  • See School of Education for admission requirements.