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.
“C -“or better in all Content courses
English Education Major Requirements (44-45 credits)
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
A. The following courses in ENGL (12 credits)
B. The following courses in Literature (9 credits)
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
D. Two courses from the following (6 credits)
F. Two courses in writing or teaching writing (5-6 credits)
One additional writing course from among the following (3 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.
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
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.
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
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.