2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, BA, Concentration: English Teaching

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About the Program

Apply Now The English Teaching option is offered in conjunction with the School of Education, and leads directly to preparation to teach English in the public school system. 

Degree Requirements

  • 126 Credit Hours
  • Minimum of B- (at least 80) is required in EDCI 32300, EDCI 35500, EDCI 36600, EDPS 37000, and EDCI 34100.
  • Minimum of B- (at least 80) is required in ENGL 10400, 10500, and COM 11400
  • Minimum of C (at least 74) is required in GENED courses except ENGL 10400, 10500, and COM 11400 and in all non-education courses.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 (C+/at least 77) is required to be admitted to the Secondary Education program.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8 (B-/at least 80) is required to be eligible for student teaching.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8 (B-/at least 80) is required for graduation.
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location.

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)

Major Core (39 Credits)

*variable topics course, may be repeated for credit

*variable topics course, may be repeated for credit

Other Required Courses (21 Credits)

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 126 Credits Required

Degree Maps


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of B- required for EDCI 32300, EDCI 34100, EDCI 35500, EDCI 36600, EDPS 37000, ENGL 10400, ENGL 10500, and COM 11400; minimum grade of C required for EDPS 22000, EDPS 26000, EDPS 28500, and all non-education courses.

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 3 (18 Credits)

Semester 4/Gate 1 (18 Credits)

Semester 5 (18 Credits)

Semester 8/Professional Semester (Student Teaching) (9 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

  • No cross-listed course may be double-counted.
  • No single ENGL course may count toward more than one requirement of the English literature concentration.

Note 1: SPAN, FR, or ASL - students must complete 4 semesters of the same language.

Note 2: Natural Science (with Lab) – Choose 1 course from: SCI 10300, SCI 10400, SCI 10500, or SCI 11400. Note: SCI 10500 also meets the Wellness requirement for General Education

Note 3: Take ENGL 38800 Literature and Culture in Context, a variable topics course, three times, on three different topics

Note 4: Choose one Multimodal Writing course:

  • ENGL 42401 Writing For Digital Media
  • ENGL 42501 Writing for New Media
  • ENGL 42601 Writing for Social Media**
  • ENGL 43100 Web Usability: Writing and Reading on the Web(e)
  • ENGL 43500 Topics in Writing for Interactive Digital Media*
  • ENGL 43700 Writing for Video Games(e)
  • ENGL 43800 Games and Gamification

 *Variable topics, may be repeated for credit

Choose any course in Public Writing and Rhetoric

  • ENGL 20200 Engaging English  
  • ENGL 20500 Introduction To Creative Writing     
  • ENGL 30502 Creative Writing as a Profession
  • ENGL 42800 Special Topics in Writing*
  • ENGL 43300 Writing Proposals and Grants
  • ENGL 44300 Intermediate Creative Writing*
  • ENGL 48000 Internship in Writing*(e)

 *Variable topics, may be repeated for credit

Capstone course - select one from list:

  • ENGL 30502 Creative Writing as a Profession
  • ENGL 48700 Community-Engaged Literature
  • ENGL 48000 Internship in Writing(e)
  • ENGL 49500 Capstone Seminar for Seniors

Choose any Diverse Literatures course: ENGL 25700, 31100, 31200, 31300, 32300, 32400, 33400, 33600, 33800, 34900, 35300, 34600, 36000, 36500, 36600, 39600.

Note 5: Choose any ENGL literature course at the 20000 level or above

Note 6:  Choose any Capstone course: ENGL 30502, 48700, 42001, or 48000.

Note 7: EDCI 35500 (f) (m) - Admission to Gate 2 courses requires application screening by the Department of Teacher Preparation advisor. Courses marked with (f) require field observations.

Note 8: EDCI 37000 (f) - Admission to Gate 3 and beyond requires Admission to Teacher Preparation Program and passing of state licensure exams.

Courses marked with (f) require field observations. Students may not receive less than B- in professional education courses.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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