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English Education Major

The UIndy English education major provides students with both a full liberal arts major in English and outstanding teacher preparation through our award-winning Department of Teacher Education. English education courses provide an in-depth study of the skills and subjects necessary for teaching literature and composition. Our professors encourage student discussion of literature and often allow students to help lead classes in discussion. Composition courses will equip you with exhaustive language skills to help you engage students and effectively teach grammar.

To be eligible for a middle/high school teaching license, you must take at least 36 credit hours in English, in addition to education courses. You can complete the program in four years. To make sure you stay on track, you'll have two academic advisers—one in the English Department and one in the Teacher Education Department. If you want a career in education and have a passion for English language and literature, then our English education major may be for you.

Program strengths

  • Comprehensive curriculum provides students with the teaching techniques and subject knowledge for teaching a diverse student population
  • Courses cover such subjects as the use of technology in the classroom, teaching literacy and classroom communication
  • Covers writing over multiple genres, which will help you teach writing and literature
  • Strong emphasis on learning how to move between audiences when writing
  • Focuses on multicultural and modern writers
  • Multiple field opportunities through the School of Education each of the four years of the program, including diverse field experiences at urban, suburban, charter and private schools under the on-site supervision of Teacher Education faculty
  • Methods classes held on-site in local secondary schools help you connect classroom theory with actual practice
“ placements have prepared me for my career and the uniqueness of each school will allow me to be open to new things in my future school and classroom. The amount of time spent in the classroom is incredible because we can form bonds with students, cooperating teachers and other faculty. This allows us to have a foot in the door when we graduate from UIndy.”

Potential careers in English education:

  • Middle school/junior high teacher
  • High school teacher
  • School administrator
  • Guidance counselor
  • Teaching English abroad

English education might be for you if:

  • You enjoy speaking in public
  • You enjoy studying literature and writing, but want a focused application of the two
  • The idea of mentoring and sharing your passions for literature and writing interests you
  • You enjoy analyzing and discussing literature in a classroom setting

Curriculum Guides

The curriculum guides outline the different courses you will need to take in order to fulfill the requirements for the English education major. The general education guide provides a list of all the class options and requirements that must be taken to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The English education guide shows you the courses that are required to receive the degree and will help you plan your course of study. Be sure you look at both guides to fully understand what your classes and schedule will look like at UIndy.