English Education

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Academics / Departments & Programs / English / AcademicsEnglish Education

Degree Overview

Get students excited about words. Stir a passion for literature and writing. And discover what it feels like to be in front of a classroom—all well before your senior year.

At Calvin, you’ll have in-classroom teaching opportunities as early as your sophomore year of college. Choose from a wide range of school sizes and types in west Michigan. In a real classroom, you’ll learn to engage your students with challenging and inspiring writing.

At Calvin, you’ll gain both practical classroom management skills and literary insight from professors who are accomplished authors and educators. And you’ll be inspired by literary thinkers and writers at events like Calvin’s renowned Festival of Faith & Writing.

Calvin grads have a 93-percent pass rate on teacher certification tests—one of the highest rates in Michigan. By succeeding here, you’ll be equipped to help your own students succeed.

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Program Distinctives

Academic excellence - You’ll learn from award-winning published authors in the English department while also taking classes in our highly respected education program. You’ll earn a double major that gets attention from employers.
Grounded in faith - Be inspired by professors whose Christian faith is woven into every course, classroom activity, and assignment. Whether or not you plan to teach in a Christian school, your professors will model the sincere and compassionate relationships you’ll form with your own students.
A literature-loving community - Your experiences will remind you each day of the joy of teaching English. You’ll do things like dig into literature with award-winning, published authors, go on a writing retreat with your peers and professors, or flex your creative muscles on the staff of student-run publications Dialogue or Chimes.

Program Requirements & Opportunities

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    Karen Saupe

    Karen Saupe

    Professor
    Director of the Rhetoric Center
    Co-Director of RAC Program
    Department Co-chair
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    James Vanden Bosch

    James Vanden Bosch

    Professor Emeritus
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    Dean Ward

    Dean Ward

    Professor, Emeritus
    Co-director of RAC Program
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    Karen Saupe

    Karen Saupe

    Professor
    Director of the Rhetoric Center
    Co-Director of RAC Program
    Department Co-chair
    Full profile

    James Vanden Bosch

    James Vanden Bosch

    Professor Emeritus
    Full profile

    Dean Ward

    Dean Ward

    Professor, Emeritus
    Co-director of RAC Program
    Full profile

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