spotlight ad-Maddison Williams 05-20-2021.jpgThe English major/minor program prepares students to become writers, readers, and communicators with advanced critical and analytical skills. The core requirements familiarize students with the literary canon while also exposing them to demographically and geographically diverse literature. Students have the opportunity to respond to literary works with their own ideas through the course writing assignments, which are prepared for a final capstone paper near the end of their academic career. The major and minor can be tailored to students’ literary and occupational interests.


Mayville State's faculty have specialized backgrounds in the field of English and can provide students with an advanced understanding of their coursework. Small on-campus and online class sizes allow students to converse with their peers and instructor, providing the best possible atmosphere for understanding literature and improving one’s writing. Students have opportunities to voice their thoughts and opinions in class, providing them with practice in communication and analytical skills that are transferable to a number of careers. Students have access to a writing center that provides tutoring support for their coursework along with a potential job opportunity as a writing center consultant.

Career Opportunities

  • Middle School and High School English Teacher (English Ed degree)
  • Writing, Editing, and Publishing
  • Teaching, Tutoring, and Social Service
  • Journalism and Communications
  • Marketing, Advertising, and Business
  • Library and Archival
  • Law and Politics
  • Preparation for Graduate School

English Majors

English Minor


  • English and Arts Club


Pre-education requirements

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Dakota and prepare students for licensure exams in North Dakota.

North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement.  Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. On-campus and online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of North Dakota are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program that would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements in the state they intend to seek teacher licensure.

The Division of Education will provide all students information about teacher education licensing in the state of North Dakota.  As well, a student’s academic advisor will provide information on the requirements of other states in which the student intends to seek licensure after the student completes the State Teacher Licensure Requirements form.

Online/Distance Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Physical Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

On-Campus Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs (Mathematics, English, Physical Education, Health, Composite Science Education, Composite Social Science Education). 

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required state-specific entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees
  • Additional Coursework
  • Specialized trainings and certifications

The MSU Enrollment Center with the assistance of the MSU Division of Education has created a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states. Prospective students seeking licensure outside the state of North Dakota should contact either Misti Wuori,, or the Division of Teacher Education to determine state licensure requirements.

Note: Individual state licensure requirements are subject to change anytime.

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