Students pursuing a career in secondary education teaching must apply to the College of Education at the beginning of their sophomore year. Before being accepted into that program, students can pursue an English major, but their access to four required courses for teacher certification is restricted until they are admitted into the College of Education. Students in this program begin with the foundational courses required of all majors, and then add four foundational courses in pedagogy, teaching methods, and reading theory. That leaves them with only a few electives . . . but time enough to explore subjects and topics that will prove helpful to them as middle or high school teachers, such as creative writing, American literature, Shakespeare, and film studies. Students interested in completing the teacher certification requirements should contact their advisor.

The English Requirements for the English Education Program (36-40 credits) include:

  • ENG 210: Foundations of Literary Study I (3 credits)
    • Writing-intensive course in close reading, with substantial attention to poetry, drama, and narrative prose, drawing broadly on texts taken from more than one century and more than one national literature.
  • ENG 280: Foundations of Literary Study II (3 credits) OR FLM 230: Introduction to Film (4 credits)
    • ENG 280: Literary and critical theory. How literature is constituted and how representation works. Assumptions behind and limits of a range of theoretical approaches. Application of theory to literary texts.
    • FLM 230: Basic concepts and techniques of film analysis and criticism. (Given as an option because a knowledge of the analysis and criticism of film/media is useful for future high school teachers.) 
  • ENG 320A: Methodologies of Literary History: Genre (4 credits)
  • ENG 320B: Methodologies of Literary History: Region, School, or Movement (4 credits)
  • ENG 320C: Methodologies of Literary History: Canon Formation (4 credits)
  • ENG 317: Readings in African and Caribbean Literatures (3 credits)
  • ENG 350: Readings in African, African American, or African Diaspora Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 351: Readings in Chicano and Latino Literatures (3 credits)
  • ENG 352: Readings in Asian or Asian American Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 353: Readings in Women Writers (3 credits)
  • ENG 354: Readings in Native American Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 355: Readings in Sexuality and Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 356: Readings in Jewish Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 360: Studies in Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature (W) (3 credits)
  • ENG 448: Seminar in Gender and Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 449: Seminar in Race, Ethnicity, Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 450 Seminar in African American Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 460: Seminar in Global and Postcolonial Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 466: Seminar in Literatures of the Pacific Rim (3 credits)
  • ENG 482: Seminar in Feminist Literary and Cultural Theory (3 credits)
  • FLM 450: Studies in Ethnic Film (3 credits)
  • FLM 451: Studies in Postcolonial Cinema (3 credits)
  • FLM 452: Studies in Film, Gender, and Sexuality (3 credits)
    * If ENG 360, 450, or 460 is used to fulfill this requirement, it may not be used to fulfill requirement for literature after 1800.
  • ENG 318: Readings in Shakespeare (3 credits)
  • ENG 324: Readings in Epic (3 credits)
  • ENG 368: Studies in Medieval/Early Modern Literature (W) (3 credits)
  • ENG 441: Seminar in Early American Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 454: Seminar in Medieval Literature and Culture (3 credits)
  • ENG 455: Seminar in Early Modern Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 457: Seminar in 18th Century British Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 360: Studies in Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature (W) (3 credits)
  • ENG 362: Studies in Modern/Contemporary Literature (W) (3 credits)
  • ENG 443: Seminar in 19th Century American Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 445: Seminar in 20th and 21st Century American Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 450: Seminar in African American Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 452: Seminar in 20th and 21st Century British Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 458: Seminar in 19th-Century British Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG 460: Seminar in Global and Postcolonial Literature (3 credits)
  • PHL 474: Aesthetic Theory and Modernism (4 credits)

*If English 360, 450, or 460 is used to fulfill this requirement it may not be used to fulfill the diversity requirement.

  • ENG 302: Introduction to English Language Studies (3 credits)
    • Acquisition of oral and written English. English dialects and styles. Minority dialects and Standard English. Reading and writing English.
  • ENG 308: Readings in Literature for Young Adults (3 credits, satisfies genre requirement)
    • Extensive readings across a range of genres of literature for young adults, including realistic and historical fiction, fantasy, myth, and legend.
  • ENG 408: Critical Literacies and Communities (4 credits)
    • Literacies as sociocultural processes and their function in classrooms and communities. Focus on critical literacy theories and research, education justice, ethical solidarity with students and communities, and pedagogical applications for educators.
  • ENG 413: Critical Questions in Language and Composition (W) (4 credits)
    • Intensive writing workshop with focus on writing theory and research, writing in response to literature, and the writing process.

Additional credits in English courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 36, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major, including no more than 4 credits in a 100-level English course.

See the “Undergraduate Courses” page for more information and examples of specific English courses.

Alongside the requirements for the major, students must complete requirements for the University, the College of Arts & Letters, and the College of Education:

  • Tier 1 Writing (4 credits)
    • WRA 101
  • Mathematics (1-2 courses, credits vary, see math website for more details)
  • Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities (IAH)*:
    • 1 course IAH 201-210 (4 credits)
    • 1 course IAH 211 or higher (4 credits)
  • Integrative Studies in Social Sciences (ISS)*:
    • 1 course ISS 200-level (4 credits)
    • 1 course ISS 300-level (4 credits)
  • Integrative Studies in Natural Sciences (ISB/ISP):
    • ISB 200-level (3 credits)
    • ISP 200-level (3 credits)
    • ISB or ISP lab (2 credits)

*At least one IAH/ISS course must have an international focus (I), and one must have a national focus (D) as marked on the schedule of courses.

  • Foreign Language Requirement (credits variable)
    • Must demonstrate Second-Year Competency through “202” level
    • Certain AP credit, tested proficiency, transfer credit at the appropriate level, or MSU coursework can fulfill this requirement
    • Some languages have online placements tests
    • See your advisor for more information
  • College Distribution Requirement
    • At least 30 credits overall must be at the 300/400 level. 
  • Cognate and Experiential Learning Requirements
    • Fulfilled by Teacher Education courses in the College of Education (see below)
  • TE 101 (formerly TE 250): Social Foundations of Justice and Equity in Education (3 credits)
    • Understanding self, schools, and society; emphasizing racial justice, equity, and social identity markers.
  • TE 150: Reflections on Learning (3 credits)
    • Students’ experiences as learners in comparison to psychological, sociological, and anthropological theories and assumptions about learning and teaching in and out of school.
  • TE 302: Learners and Learning in Contexts – Secondary (4 credits)
    • Role of social context and sociocultural background in learning at the secondary level (7-12). Natural and socially constructed differences among learners. Relationship among subject-specific knowledge, teaching and learning that subject, and the institutional and communal context. Multiple literacies.
  • TE 407: Teaching Subject Matter to Diverse Learners – Secondary  (5 credits)
    • Examining teaching as enabling diverse learners to inquire into and construct subject-specific meanings at the secondary level (7-12). Adapting subject matter to learner diversity. Exploring multiple ways diverse learners make sense of the curriculum.
  • TE 408: Crafting Teaching Practices – Secondary (5 credits)*
    • Gathering data on learners to inform content and instructional decisions. Learning what should be taught and how it should be taught for specific disciplines at the secondary level (6-12). Teachers’ multiple roles and their professional, intellectual, sociopolitical, and communal responsibilities.
  • TE 409: Crafting Teaching Practices in the Secondary Teaching Minor (1 credit)
    • Deciding what should be taught for specific disciplines at the secondary level (7-12). Discipline-specific strategies for gathering data on learners to inform content and instructional decisions. Discipline-specific instructional strategies and student management and safety strategies.

*Fulfills CAL Experiential Learning Requirement. 

Most students are left with room for general electives, and 120 total credits minimum are needed to graduate.

For more information about the program and/or your progress, speak with an advisor in English and in the College of Education, visit Academic Programs, and review your information on student information systems.