Completing the program in English Language Arts, including passing all state tests, “highly qualifies” one to teach honors and AP courses in English, as well as lower level courses in grades 9-12. Becoming highly qualified to teach English language arts in grades 6-8 requires a middle school endorsement, available only to the classes of 2015 and 2016.

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) Handbook provides detailed information about the TEP program, admission requirements, field requirements, and state and university licensure requirements.

Secondary Education Major/Professional Education (10 Units)


Take the courses below in the sequence listed. Refer to the IWU catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions on concurrent enrollment. The professional education courses listed below are used to compute your professional education grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance. A gpa of 2.85 is required for program admission; a gpa of 3.0 is required for admission to student teaching. State law specifies a minimum grade of C for any course required for licensure and endorsement, regardless of gpa.

First year S Educ 225 Education and Social Justice (SI)
(or fall semester sophomore year) 
20-25 hours field experience
Sophomore year F Educ 255Child Study and Assessment (WI) 20-25 hours field experience
S Educ 257 The Exceptional Child  (U) (or fall junior year)  

Junior year* 

F Educ 257The Exceptional Child  
S Educ 360 :   Curriculum and Pedagogy in English 40-45 hours field experience

Junior year

M Educ 365Reading, Writing, and Communication in the Content Areas 15-20 hours field experience (continues spring placement)
Senior year*

F

Educ 490Student Teaching Seminar
Educ 491Student Teaching: Secondary English
15 week full time immersion in the field (continues May placement)

S

Educ 498 Educational Inquiry  (WI)  

*If planning to travel abroad, do so prior to spring term of junior year, and plan enrollment in 225, 255, and 257 accordingly. Ninth semester graduates delay required 300 level professional education coursework to the senior year, and take Educ 498 prior to student teaching spring semester senior year. 

English Literature (10 units) 

The required English courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.   Four courses in the major and a gpa of 2.75 is required for TEP admission;  six courses and a gpa of 3.00 are required for student teaching acceptance. State law specifies a minimum grade of C for any course required for licensure and endorsement, including major courses, regardless of gpa.

Engl 280 
Engl 480

Practical Criticism (complete prior to student teaching)
Senior Seminar

Select 1 from Engl 220-259

Foundations courses

Select 1 or 2 from Engl 109-170, 220, 231-272

Foundations and Literature courses
Only one unit of one-hundred level literature courses (109-170) may be counted toward major. Complete prior to student teaching.

Select 5 or 6 Engl 300/400 level

Literature (one must be pre-1830 literature)
(Complete four prior to student teaching). One creative writing course may substitute for a literature course at the same level.

English Writing (12 units) 

 The required English courses listed below are used to compute your major grade point average for TEP and student teaching acceptance.   Four courses in the major and a gpa of 2.75 is required for TEP admission;  six courses and a gpa of 3.00 are required for student teaching acceptance. State law specifies a minimum grade of C for any course required for licensure and endorsement, including major courses, regardless of gpa.

Engl 280 
Engl 480

Practical Criticism (complete prior to student teaching) 
Senior Seminar

Select 1 from Engl 220-259
Select 2 from Engl 201, 202, 206, 211, 212, 272* 
*272 must be designated a writing course 

Foundations courses

Lower Division Writing courses  (complete prior to student teaching)

Select 1 from Engl 200/300 level. 
Select 2 from Engl 301**, 315, 325, 335, 401 or 485 
** 301 may be repeated for credit with different subject matter 

Writing Course (complete prior to student teaching)
Upper Division Writing courses  (complete prior to student teaching)

Select 4 from Engl 300/400 level

Literature courses (one must be pre-1830 literature)

IWU General Education


English secondary education candidates meet IWU general education requirements with the following courses:

Contemporary Social Institutions (SI)
Educ 225 (required).
Analysis of Values (AV)
PHIL 214, Philosophy of Education (recommended).
Formal Reasoning (FR)
PHIL 102 or MATH 110 are recommended but not required.
Literature (Lit)
required upper division English Literature courses
U.S. Diversity flag
Educ 257 (required).
Writing Intensive (WI)
EDUC 255 and 498 (required). You are likely to have additional WI requirements in the English major.