English Education

Department Chair: Dr. Julee Russell, julee.russell@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7440
Faculty Contact: Dr. Julee Russell, julee.russell@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7440
Department Office: 315 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7310
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The English Education degree involves the completion of three components—the General Education Core of courses, a Professional Education Sequence for Secondary Education majors, and a mix of required and elective courses in the Major that prepare students for both the certification exams required for teacher licensure, and for the demands of their future classrooms.

Students work closely with advisors in determining which General Education courses best fit their interests as well as determining when to take Required and Professional Education courses. Additionally, offerings in the Literature, Writing, and Communication and Media Studies categories present a variety of choices for students as they develop preferences and grow more savvy about what will help them reach their goals.

VCSU English Education majors often combine their learning with certificates in ELL or Spanish, or a minor in Library and Media Information Services or Teaching English Language Learners depending on their interests, and some even go on to pursue graduate school to build upon their qualifications, to broaden their knowledge base, or both.

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 

English Club — A lively group of majors, minors, and aficionados, E-Club often brings literary experiences to campus and/or hits the road to find them.

Sigma Tau Delta — Our local chapter of the International Honor Society for English majors provides another avenue for seeking scholarships, a venue for publishing scholarship, and a vehicle for recognizing academic achievement.

The Forge — The campus literary and arts journal, hosted by our department and staffed by students taking the Literary Publications class, publishes and offers awards for original student work on an annual basis.


English - Completion qualifies graduates to teach secondary school English or work in fields which require writing and analysis skills.

Technical Writing - Helps prepare graduates for work in fields such as web writing and corporate communications.

Teacher Education Requirements

Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed.

"VCSU offers challenging coursework that integrates technology into almost every learning activity. I have learned about using QR codes, online assessments, classroom websites, and online surveys in the classroom. Most importantly, I have appreciated feeling like part of a tight-knit community even while taking online classes. Even though I don't meet with my professors face-to-face, they still take the time to learn about me and come alongside me to help me exceed my goals." - Bethany Bernston '18, Fargo, ND.

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 300Grammatical Analysis3
ENGL 309Linguistics and Language Acquisition3
ENGL 310Writing in the Major3
ENGL 350Young Adult Reading and Literature3
ENGL 371Critical Theory3
ENGL 480Shakespeare3
ENGL 490Methods of Teaching English3
ENGL 491Senior Capstone2
National and Minority Literature
Select at least one course from each of the following areas:12
American Literature
American Literature I
American Literature II
Studies in American Literature
British Literature
English Literature I
English Literature II
Studies in British Literature
World Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
Literature in Translation
Comparative Literature
Writing Courses
Select four hours from the following:4
Introduction to Media Writing
Public Relations
Introduction to Professional Writing 1
Literary Publications
Writing Workshop
Creative Writing
Technical and Scientific Writing
Communication and Media Studies
Select three hours from the following:3
Understanding Media and Social Change
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Film
Acting One
Total Credits42

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 42 Hrs
Total Professional Education Sequence 31-32 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Professional Education Sequence

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students3
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 300Educational Technology2
EDUC 351Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management1
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
or EDUC 464 Practicum in the ELL Classroom
EDUC 375Teaching Reading in the Content Areas 2
EDUC 400Educational Psychology 12
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues2
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary) 110
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits32

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study

First Year
English Composition (Gen Ed)3English Composition (Gen Ed)3
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4ENGL 2253
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2
Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Technology (Gen Ed)3PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 17 15
Second Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3COMM 112 (Gen Ed)3
COMM 2113EDUC 2403
EDUC 2503EDUC 2833
ENGL 220 (Gen Ed)3EDUC 3521
ENGL 2613ENGL 2131
 ENGL 3003
 ENGL 3093
 15 17
Third Year
COMM 2003EDUC 3002
EDUC 3511EDUC 4002
ENGL 2413ENGL 3103
ENGL 4803ENGL 3213
ENGL 4903ENGL 3503
PSYC 2503ENGL 4912
 16 15
Fourth Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2EDUC 4502
COMM 3153EDUC 48010
ENGL 3713 
ENGL 4403 
THEA 1103 
 14 12
Total Credits 121

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

Our graduates will:

  1. Possess strong academic and creative writing skills;
  2. Exhibit vital critical reading and thinking skills;
  3. Routinely apply competent research skills; and
  4. Understand the value of cultural fluency.