Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the English Education program of study at NDSU prepares students to become highly qualified secondary language arts instructors who will enter the teaching profession with confidence based on their current knowledge of English language, literature, linguistics, composition, educational theory, teaching methods, and classroom technology.
In addition to classroom instruction, each student gains valuable insight and instructional practice through many hours of field experience in secondary language arts classrooms in the Fargo/West Fargo/Moorhead area. Consequently, our pre-service instructors are fully prepared and confident when they enter their capstone semester of student teaching.
NDSU offers two options for a bachelor’s degree in English Education. Both options require 122 credits for graduation in three categories: general education, English studies, and professional education. The foreign language option requires intermediate competency in a foreign language, which means at least two years at the college level or the equivalent. The communication option includes a battery of communication courses instead of the foreign language.
Both curriculum guides can be accessed through the Office of Registration and Records at http://www.ndsu.edu/registrar/curricula/hde/#c95913
Students are encouraged to meet with the English Education advisor, Mary Pull, as soon as they choose English Education as a major. Mrs. Pull will help students (1) choose the appropriate degree option for their individual career goals, (2) create a personalized 4-year course plan, and (3) answer questions related to the English Education major, the Teacher Education Program, and state licensing requirements.
Mrs. Pull can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 231-7928. Her office is inside the Center for Writers on the lower level of the main library.
Admission into the School of Education
All students preparing to become teacher candidates must first be formally admitted to the School of Education. Hard copies of all application materials must be submitted to the Certification Officer (210 FLC) or the Teacher Ed office (EML 155) before 5:00 on September 15 (Fall semesters) or February 15 (Spring semesters).
IMPORTANT NOTE: To qualify for admission, students must attain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 and a minimum 2.75 GPA in the teaching specialty and professional education courses. They must also maintain at least a 2.75 GPA to qualify for student teaching.
As soon as all admission materials have been evaluated, students will be notified in writing of the decision. Students will not be allowed to enroll in 400-level education courses before receiving official notice of admission from the School of Education.
Students may apply for admission into the School of Education during their sophomore year by following these steps:
1. Read the Teacher Education Handbook on the Teacher Education website or Blackboard site.
2. Complete 20 hours of pre-admission field experience with youth (within the past 2 years). Many types of experiences can satisfy this requirement, as long as a supervisor is available to verify the hours and the experience involves youth at the middle school or secondary level. Possibilities include observing a secondary school classroom, tutoring in any subject, volunteering for an organization such as Big Brother/Big Sister or Charism, and teaching/coaching at a youth camp. Verification forms for the student and supervisor/s can be printed from the Teacher Education website or Blackboard site.
3. Pass the Praxis I (PPST) exam (see the application form for minimum scores). Students may register for the paper-and-pencil test at NDSU through the website <http://www.ets.org> , or they may take the computer version of the test by calling the Prometric Test Center at 701-356-9000 to set up an appointment. Students should make sure that test scores are sent directly to NDSU.
4. Complete EDUC 321 with a grade of C or better.
5. Provide a letter of recommendation from a responsible adult. The form can be printed from the Teacher Education website or Blackboard site. The mailing address is at the bottom of the form. Students should ask the writer of the letter to address the teacher candidate’s ability to work with youth, as well as the candidate’s responsibility, interest and attitudes toward teaching, oral and written communication skills, knowledge of education, and the ability to teach.
6. Complete the application form and bring it to the English Education Advisor (Mary Pull) to sign. The form can be printed from the Teacher Education Blackboard site.
7. Print a current college transcript from Campus Connection (unofficial copy).
8. Submit a completed curriculum guide showing classes that have been completed and the grades earned. Print a curriculum guide from http://www.ndsu.edu/registrar/curricula/hde/#c95913
Information for Transfer Students and Degree-Holding Students Seeking Teacher Certification
Before registering for classes, transfer students should contact Mary Pull (email@example.com) to schedule an advising appointment. If possible, students should attach an official NDSU transfer credit report (or unofficial transcript/s from transfer institutions) to the first email correspondence with Mrs. Pull to facilitate the creation of a course plan.
The final semester of every student’s coursework must be reserved for student teaching, so students may not enroll in other courses during that semester. Thus, care must be taken to complete all graduation requirements before the student teaching semester. Students must also take two exams, the Praxis II and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT), and undergo a fingerprint/background check before they will be placed in a secondary school. The School of Education will send more information through email, so students should watch their NDSU email accounts carefully for announcements.