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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 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.

Points of Pride

  • 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.
  • An English major learns many skills that employers find desirable, which may lead them to jobs in publishing, marketing, management, etc. Skills include: Ability to communicate, both in writing and orally, grammatical accuracy, editing and re-writing skills, ability to analyze and interpret data, documentation skills, creativity, foreign language ability, ability to present a clear and logical argument, understanding of human motivation.
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a vast library of resources ranging from style guides to instructional material to assist Purdue students. OWL also is an international resource, with a Web site that receives nearly 100 million hits a year from more than 125 different countries.
  • Purdue has several student organizations for English students which include the Student English Association, Haraka Writers, and the Professional Writers Club.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for English Education  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 Credits

“C -“or better in all Content courses

English Education Major Requirements (44-45 credits)

English Education Major Requirements


English Requirements for the Teaching Major

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

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

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 (54 - 56 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements

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

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15-17 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15-16 Credits

15-16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15-16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

18 Credits

12 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.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

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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