English Secondary Education

About the Major

English education majors develop both analytical and creative thinking skills and gain many transferable skills, including attention to detail, interpreting media, and understanding how people communicate through poetry, fiction, nonfiction, film, and speaking. You will be able to apply what you learn through methods of teaching and learning with children from 5th through 12th grades. You will be in the field early during your studies and will be able to start learning in actual community classrooms. This major fully equips you to teach your own class of diverse students in any urban, suburban, or rural school.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: writing, critical thinking, communication, meeting deadlines, developing cultural competency, teaching, lesson planning, and inclusivity (IUPUI School of Education, 2019).

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • English courses
  • Windows on education
  • Examining self as teacher
  • Using computers in education
  • Diversity and learning
  • Teaching students with special needs
  • Field experience
  • Teaching and learning in high school

Possible Careers

  • Adult literacy teacher
  • Academic advisor
  • Education administrator*
  • Guidance counselor*
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Nonprofit management
  • Social worker*

*These career options require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Carmel Clay Schools
  • Community and social services
  • Community Health Network
  • Human resources
  • Indianapolis Public Schools 
  • Nonprofits

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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