Mar 20, 2018  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Education, BA

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About the Program

The undergraduate secondary English education teaching major is a comprehensive four-year program designed to prepare students to teach middle and high school English. After completing the requirements of the program, students will be qualified to obtain a license to teach English in the state of Indiana in grades 5-12. Students complete coursework in both the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts, including four discipline-specific methods courses: composition for teachers, literature in the middle and secondary school, teaching English in the secondary school, and teaching English language arts in the middle school and junior high. In addition, English Education students must maintain a 2.5 GPA or above so that they can complete a mandatory 10-week student teaching experience in a middle or high school.

This rigorous major, like all education majors at Purdue, prepares each future teacher with great depth of subject knowledge. English Education is, effectively, a complete major in English with additional courses in educational psychology, curriculum development, and pedagogy.

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Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 English Education  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

120 Credits

“C -“or better in all Content courses

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here .

Departmental/Program Major Courses (45 credits)

Please note: English majors must take ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition  or ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition   and ENGL 22700 - Elements Of Linguistics  or equivalent to fulfill the requirements for the CLA Core areas Written Communication and Individual and Society.

English Requirements for the Teaching Major

C. Three additional courses in Literature (9 credits)

  • Two 3-hour literature courses at the 30000-level or above
  • One 3-hour literature course at the 40000-level or above

E. A 3-hour course in minority group literature (3 credits)

(Such as ENGL 25700 - Literature Of Black America , ENGL 35200 - Native American Literature , ENGL 35400 - Asian American Literature , ENGL 35800 - Black Drama , and ENGL 35900 - Black Women Writers , or a special topics course on the literature of a minority group)

F. Two courses in writing or teaching writing (5-6 credits)

Professional Requirements for the Teaching Major (33 credits)

Minimum graduation indices for admission to and retention in the teacher education programs are pending. (33 credits)

Note: Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 & earn a grade of C- or above in all professional courses.

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)

  • ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition or
  • ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition

  • COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication
  • Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) - Credits Hours: 12.00
  • Mathematics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website or click here .

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

14 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

18 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 & earn a grade of C- or above in all content courses

Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 & earn a grade of C- or above in all professional courses.

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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