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English Education

English EducationThe English Education undergraduate program at Purdue University prepares students to be middle and high school English teachers licensed to teach in Indiana. The four-year program includes courses in the College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction as well as courses in the English department in the College of Liberal Arts. At the culmination of the program, students earn a degree in English in the program area of English Education and are prepared to apply for an Indiana teaching license.

For information about the Transition to Teaching (TTT) program or post-baccalaureate licensure, visit the Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure (OPPL) homepage.

The English Education graduate program (Masters and Ph.D.) exists in conjunction with the College of Education's Language and Literacy Program. Students in graduate programs and with a particular interest in middle and secondary English Education are assigned an English Education faculty advisor who helps them to create and complete a course of study in Language and Literacy Education with an emphasis in English Education.

The Masters Program
The Masters program in English Education is built around competences and content strands. The competencies include the ability to synthesize knowledge and think critically, to create knowledge, to communicate knowledge, and to participate in professional activities and development. The content strands are 1) human development, 2) teaching and learning, 3) diversity, 4) disciplined inquiry, and 5) history and philosophy.

The Ph.D. Program
Students seeking a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy with an emphasis in English Education will work with English Education faculty in devising a course of study that meets their needs and interests. This program includes approximately 60 hours of coursework beyond the Masters degree, including courses in foundation areas of language and literacy, research methodologies, and graduate courses related to English Education. Students will be required to take a preliminary examination and complete a dissertation working under the direction of a committee comprised of graduate faculty.

For further information about applying to the graduate program, contact the College of Education Office of Graduate Studies at 765-494-2345 or visit their website.