Department of English
O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-2250
fax: (248) 370-4429
Secondary Teaching Education Program (STEP)
major requirements
minor requirements
Applications for STEP are due October 1st. See the following links for information about applying.
Contact STEP English advisor Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer for additional questions:

Important STEP Links

Program Requirements and Application

STEP Coursework Timeline and other resources

Major and Minor Plans

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)

The Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) with an English major is a cooperative program between the  College of Arts and Sciences and the  School of Education and Human Services designed to prepare students for careers as teachers of English in the secondary schools. Students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and complete additional requirements leading to recommendation for teacher certification. A special feature of Oakland's program is a yearlong internship including both field experience and coursework after degree requirements have been met. Among the advantages of Oakland's program are these:
  • Emphasis on content area preparation
  • A more extensive field experience than traditional student teaching, including experience with the start and end of a school year
  • Better preparation for the field experience because all subject area coursework must be completed before the field experience begins
  • Integration of the methods course with the field experience
  • More career flexibility because students who are not accepted into the STEP program or who change their minds about becoming teachers will still meet the requirements for a B.A. degree.
Students should meet frequently with academic advisers to plan their course of study. Students who have been admitted to Oakland University and who have met any specified prerequisites may take general education courses, courses to meet the College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements, courses in the minor, and courses toward an English major. The application process for the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) is handled through the School of Education and Human Services.

Application packets are available on the SEHS School and Field Services website. The Department of English will make recommendations about applicants for English majors in STEP; in order to ensure fair and adequate evaluation of their applications, students should make sure they have completed most of their required English courses before they submit applications.

This program will be selective; simply meeting course requirements will not guarantee admission to the program. While STEP requires a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the major, we anticipate that successful applicants in English will have a GPA in English courses of at least 3.4.
Transfer students should follow procedures specified in the Oakland University Undergraduate Catalog. At least 20 credits in English must be taken at Oakland. While some courses toward an English teaching major may be transferable, students should be aware that our requirements are quite specific and that transfer courses do not always match up well with our requirements. Please see the  Undergraduate Admissions website for more information.
Students who have a baccalaureate degree from Oakland or from another institution may apply for the program; however, priority for admission in English will go to Oakland undergraduate students. Oakland University graduates will have priority over graduates from other institutions. Post-baccalaureate students must complete enough courses in English at Oakland to ensure fair and adequate evaluation of their applications, but there is no guarantee that they will be admitted to the program even if they successfully complete the courses. At least 20 credits in English must be taken at Oakland. Most post-baccalaureate students would need to take considerable coursework plus complete the yearlong internship.

Post-baccalaureate students do not earn a second degree; rather, they complete the requirements for recommendation for teaching certification. See the  post baccalaureate section of the Undergraduate Admissions website for more information.