English Education, BA

Earn a degree in English education to emulate the English teacher who inspired you to think critically, communicate effectively, and read the word and world – or become the teacher you wish you’d had. An English education degree will prepare you to teach English language arts at the secondary level (grades 5-12). To that end, the program integrates best practices in teacher education with essential content knowledge in English language arts.


About the Program

You will complete extensive coursework in literature, writing, and language–similar to that of English majors in the College of Liberal Arts but broader in scope. You will also take professional education courses throughout the program, including the content-specific methods courses (i.e., how to teach various aspects of English – see ENGLISH EDUCATION FLYER for more details).

Field experiences in local secondary schools are built into each semester of the program, culminating in a full semester of student teaching. Along with meeting the requirements to receive an Indiana license to teach ELA for grades 5-12, you will earn a Blended and Online Teaching Certificate and be able to add an additional licensure area to teach English as a New Language or High Ability in grades K-12 if you so choose.

Students who successfully complete all requirements of a teacher preparation program that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Indiana Department of Education are eligible for licensure in the state of Indiana.

Once licensed, an English education graduate is qualified to teach English language arts and related subjects (e.g. speech, drama, journalism) to secondary students in a public, private, or independent school. Indiana has interstate reciprocity agreements with the other 49 U.S. states, which means graduates will be able to teach in Indiana and/or transfer their license to any other state in the country according to that state’s agreement, typically with minimal if any additional requirements.

Plan of Study

To view a detailed Plan of Study for the BA in English Education degree, please visit the Purdue University Course Catalog.

Transfer Information

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue’s overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements, such as a minimum GPA of 3.0.


College of Education, Office of Advising and Recruiting
(765) 494-2345