Master of Science (MSEd) in English Education

Graduate Programs

Students typically—though not exclusively—seek a Master’s Degree in English Education in order to enhance their practice as secondary English teachers and/or to enter the PhD pipeline in order to expand future career pathways. Though a Master’s degree from any institution might serve the purpose of boosting salaries for teachers working in districts that (still) provide incentives for advanced degrees, a degree from Purdue conveys a level of integrity and rigor that both students and employers find meaningful and valuable.

This residential program has rolling admission. Applications must be fully complete and submitted (including all required materials) and all application fees paid prior to the deadline in order for applications to be considered and reviewed. For a list of all required materials for this program application, please see the “Admissions” tab below.

July 1 is the deadline for Fall applications.

November 15 is the deadline for Spring applications.

March 15 is the deadline for Summer applications.


This program does not lead to licensure in the state of Indiana or elsewhere. Contact the College of Education Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) at before continuing with program application if you have questions regarding licensure or contact your state Department of Education about how this program may translate to licensure in your state of residence.


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Application Instructions for the residential English Education MSED program from the Office of Graduate Studies:

In addition to a submitted application (and any applicable application fees paid), the following materials are required for admission consideration, and all completed materials must be submitted by the application deadline in order for an application to be considered complete and forwarded on to faculty and the Purdue Graduate School for review.

Here are the materials required for this application

We encourage prospective students submit an application early, even if not all required materials are uploaded. Applications are not forwarded on for faculty review until all required materials are uploaded.

When submitting your application for this program, please select the following options:

  • Campus and Program Tab:
    • Select a Campus: Purdue West Lafayette (PWL)
    • Select your proposed graduate major: Curriculum and Instruction
  • First Choice Program Details Tab:
    • Please select an Area of Interest: English Education
    • Please select a Degree Objective: Master of Science in Education (MSED)
    • Primary Course Delivery: Residential

Program Requirements

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A. Foundational Coursework (15 hours)

I. Required Courses:

  • EDCI 50000: Foundations of Literacy & Language — Literacy & Language
  • EDCI 58500: Multicultural Education — Diversity
  • EDPS 53300: Introduction to Educational Research — Disciplined Inquiry

II. One of the following: (substitutions can be made upon consultation with your major professor)

  • EDCI 58000: Philosophy of Curriculum
  • EDST 50000: Philosophy of Education
  • EDST 50100: History of American Education
  • EDST 50600: History of Women’s Education
  • EDST 60000: Seminar in the Foundations of Education

III. One of the following: (substitutions can be made upon consultation with your major professor)

  • EDPS 53000: Advanced Educational Psychology
  • EDPS 53500: Personal-Social Dynamics in the Classroom
  • EDPS 54000: Gifted, Creative, and Talented Children
  • EDPS 59100G: Human Growth and Development
  • PSY 50200: Survey of Human Development

B. Literacy & Language and English Courses (9 hours)

English Education students are required to take 9 credits of coursework focused on English education or related topics of study. Students typically draw from graduate courses offered by Language & Literacy faculty (EDCI courses at the 500 or 600 level) or seminars of interest in the English Department (ENGL courses at the 500 or 600 level). Students can also take undergraduate English methods courses at the graduate level by completing extra projects that are grad-level-worthy and/or serving as a TA for the course for course credit if they have teaching experience (see English Education flyer for a description of these courses). These classes are selected in consultation with your major professor.

C. Elective Courses (6 hours)

  • (consult with your advisor)
  • Students normally choose to use their 6 credits of electives for thesis writing.



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