English, Concentration: Teaching

Bachelor of Arts

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Program Intro

If you love the English language and dream of sharing it with the next generation, start your career at PNW. This concentration, offered in conjunction with the School of Education and Counseling, 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.

Curriculum Overview

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.

You can currently complete this program at PNW’s Hammond campus.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sample Courses

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

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

Career Paths

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


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.

Meet the Faculty

Mohammed Errihani

Mohammed Errihani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Linguistics

Mohammed Errihani is an associate professor of linguistics at Purdue University Northwest where he teaches courses in linguistics, history of English, writing, and other language-related courses.

A PNW Student in the Classroom

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