english education

English Education

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Write Your Future In our English Education Program.

If you love to point out homonyms, synonyms, or any other “nyms” - we think you’ve come to the right major.  You’ll have the opportunities to experience career paths such as education, publishing, and communication. With a wide range of literature, writing, communication, and education courses, the program equips students with deep content knowledge and teaching excellence. You’ll prepare to teach English in grades 5-12. Therefore, you will play a vital role in shaping the future, creating world citizens who are focused on the importance of diversity, critical thinking, and the art of effective communication.

English Education is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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Ethan Christopherson


Ethan Christopherson

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Admissions Counselor

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Major in the making of you

Career Options: 

  • English Education graduates will be able to gain employment in Education, teaching English in grades 5-12.
  • English is the second most popular degree for secondary education teachers (Digest for Education Statistics 2011), and in Minnesota, English Literature is the 24th most popular area of teaching out of 466 categories (MN Department of Education, 2012-2013). “Minnesota currently employs 65,000 English-related professionals….The two largest English-related professions in Minnesota are Elementary School Teachers and Secondary School Teachers” (“Environmental Scan”, 2017, p. 3). 

Note: This English Education degree (Communication Arts and Literature 5-12 Teacher License) is only for students who are pursuing an education degree and who have been accepted into the Teacher Education Unit at UMC.


English Education


  • Prepares you for the teacher’s license so that you can secure employment upon graduation.

  • Incorporates Literature, Writing, Communication, and Education courses. 

  • Take writing-intensive courses that will enhance your applied English skills in writing, editing, and research; gain an understanding and appreciation of the English language. 

  • Consists of communication courses to enhance your applied skills in speaking, writing, listening, and communication. Obtain skills unique to the humanities, as a large portion of the degree focuses on the field of literature.

  • Field-Practicum Experience: requires you to practice experiential learning in actual middle and high school classrooms in local schools. Upon graduation, students will have a solid classroom experience to serve as an independent teacher.

  • Join the Future Educator Club


At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Megan Bell

    Associate Professor
  • Connie Camrud

    Teaching Specialist
  • Shari Daniels

    Shari Daniels

    Assistant Professor
  • James Foss

    Assistant Professor
  • Sam Gruenberg

  • Mark Huglen PhD

    Accreditation Liaison Officer
  • Danielle Johannesen

    Associate Professor
  • Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson PhD

  • Rachel McCoppin

  • Karen Miller

    Teaching Specialist
  • Nathan Purrington