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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

English Education, BA

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About the Program

English Education (EGED) is a comprehensive teacher preparation program aligned with state and national standards to prepare individuals to teach English language arts at the secondary (grades 5-12) level.

Faculty have designed the program to prepare graduates who are able to develop critically literate participants in a diverse and democratic society. To achieve this goal, EGED conjoins best practices in teacher education with essential content knowledge in English language arts.

Students complete extensive coursework in literature, writing, and language-similar to that of non-teaching English majors but broader in scope. Professional education courses are taken throughout the program, including five content-specific methods courses (i.e., how to teach various aspects of English). Field experiences in local secondary schools are built in each semester of the program, culminating in a full semester of student teaching.

This program meets state and national licensure standards and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the State of Indiana, State Board of Education. Admission to and successful completion of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) are required.

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English Education Major Change (CODO) Requirements 

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (84-87 credits)

Major: English Content Courses (30 credits)

Literary Traditions (6 credits)

Choose one from List A and one from List B; cannot double count with Multiethnic Studies selectives. Shakespeare (either ENGL 26700 or ENGL 44200) is strongly encouraged, especially for students planning to teach high school.

Major: Education Courses (54-57 credits)

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

Required Learner Pathway Concentration (6-9 credits)

Choose one of the following Pathway Concentrations. A number of the credits required for the concentrations are met by required major courses. English Education students are encouraged to take the ELL pathway.

Other Departmental (18-19 credits)

Electives (14-18 Credits)

Grade Requirements

  • Students are expected to earn a grade of “C” or above in all professional courses.
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in each English course.

GPA Requirements

  • 2.5 Overall GPA is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
  • 3.0 Professional Education GPA is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.
  • 2.5 Content GPA, as calculated by the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure, is required for the Teacher Education Program and Indiana Licensure.

Course Requirements and Notes

  • Courses cannot double count between Multiethnic Studies and Literary Traditions requirements.

College of Education Pass/No Pass Option Policy

Education majors (which includes the total credit hour requirement to fulfill General Education: Educational Studies and General Education:  Curriculum & Instruction) are not eligible to receive P/NP for required courses on your plan of study.  Only electives and courses at the 500+ level can have a grade mode change.

Spring 2020 was the only exception approved for the entire campus. 

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course).

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Additional Information

  • Indiana Licensure information - Each student must meet all degree, program, and licensure requirements prior to being recommended for licensure.

Sample 4-Year Plan

15-16 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

18 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

18 Credits

Fall 4th Year

12 Credits

12 Credits

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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