Bachelor's Degree in English

Concentration: Teaching (BA)

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English Teaching Concentration Overview

If you love the English language and dream of sharing it with the next generation, start your career at Purdue University Northwest! Our English bachelor’s degree paired with a concentration in teaching prepares you to teach English in the public school system.

Department of English and World Languages

This is a fully accredited Indiana secondary education in English Language Arts licensure program with plentiful connections to local schools.

English Teaching Concentration Curriculum

As a student in the English teaching concentration, you’ll take a balance of general education courses, College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences core courses and English courses. Your teaching concentration courses are offered in conjunction with the School of Education and Counseling to prepare you for a career in teaching.

Plan your future in our first-year experience course. Then work one-on-one with caring, accomplished faculty mentors and grow your network by connecting with alumni and community members. Our recently revised curriculum emphasizes project-based learning and experiences, including group work and hands-on projects.

Begin with a first-year seminar for English majors as well as writing, literature and education courses.

English Teaching Concentration Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • ENGL 11200 – First-Year Seminar For English Majors
  • ENGL 10400 – English Composition I
  • SOC 10000 – Introductory Sociology

Continue with a class in thematic cultural and literary study and a course in either digital media or creative writing.

English Teaching Concentration Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • EDPS 22000 – Psychology Of Learning
  • EDPS 26000 – Introduction To Special Education
  • EDPS 28500 – Diversity And Education

Advance to higher-level courses in education theory and practice, alongside additional courses in diverse literatures and culture.

English Teaching Concentration Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • EDCI 36600 – Use Of Assessment In The K-12 Classroom
  • EDPS 37000 – Teaching Students With Diverse Learning Needs In K-12 Class

Complete education core and English literature requirements. Spend your final semester conducting supervised teaching.

English Teaching Concentration Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • EDCI 34100 – English Teaching In Senior High, Junior High And Middle Schools
  • EDCI 32300 – Educational Technology For Teaching And Learning

English Teaching Concentration Highlights

Students work with English faculty and the School of Education and Counseling. They receive a broad background in literature and writing and gain experience in the schools to prepare themselves for careers in education.

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English Teaching Concentration Outcomes

Students graduating from PNW with a degree in English Teaching are ready to get jobs in the field.

English Teaching Concentration Career Paths

This program enables you to pursue licensure as a secondary school teacher.

English Teaching Concentration Beyond the Classroom

We encourage English majors to participate in activities like:

  • “Furnace,” the student literary journal, which is edited and produced entirely by students
  • Poetry slam team
  • PIFA Club
  • English Honor Society

English Teaching Concentration Employers

Our graduates teach in schools throughout Northwest Indiana.

Courtney Blackwell is pictured.

My professors did a great job of providing a balanced education. There were courses not just in English content, but also in education, pedagogy and a lot of field experience before you start student teaching.

Kinsey Krachinski

PNW is a personal community for creative storytellers, speakers and philanthropists. I have been able to experience all of these in the Department of English and World Languages, and I will always be grateful to PNW for providing me the voice to make differences and touch so many lives with words and speech.

Kinsey Krachinski, English – English Teaching

Luke Bensing

My professors at PNW have made a huge impact on me as I take what I've learned from them and start applying that to my future students in my own classroom.

Luke Bensing, English – English Teaching

Amanda Beristain

As a first-generation college graduate, I owe my successes to the instructors and friends I’ve made at in my major. They changed my life and helped me make my dreams a reality.

Amanda Beristain, English – English Teaching

Meet the Faculty

Mohammed Errihani

Mohammed Errihani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Linguistics

I am an associate professor of linguistics and founding director of the English as a Second Language Program. In addition to directing the ESL program, I have also taught courses in linguistics, history of English, grammar and writing since I joined Purdue University Northwest in 2007.

Colette Morrow is pictured.

Colette Morrow, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Colette Morrow is the Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a Professor of English. She is the former president of the National Women’s Studies Association, which is the only nationwide academic professional association in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the US.

Jane Rose

Jane E. Rose, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Jane E. Rose is a professor of English in the Department of English. Her research and teaching focus on American literature, including women’s literature and studies in gender, race and ethnicity.

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Earn a Bachelor's Degree in English with a Concentration in Teaching at PNW

Purdue University Northwest’s teaching concentration enables you to engage in experiences and coursework that prepare you to teach English in today’s and tomorrow’s classrooms.

To see how a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in teaching from PNW opens doors, from classrooms to leadership, take the next step today!

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