English Education

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The Program in English Education recognized as one of the finest in the country, it founded on the uncommon belief that content, theory, and method are inseparable. To support this through practice, course work focuses on transaction processes between speaker and listener, writer and audience, reader/viewer and work, teacher and student, school and community, and theory and practice.

The distinguishing characteristics of this program are the faculty's commitment to a transaction social constructionist view of learning that embodied in the following principles:

  • Learning is most significant when one attends to one's own and others' needs, concerns, and enjoyments;
  • Individuals learn not by memorizing but by constructing their own version of that knowledge in relation to what they already know, believe, and have experienced;
  • Language learning and use proceed most naturally from whole to part, from known to unknown, and from experience to reflection;
  • Language learning has no ceiling; and
  • Learning acquired through using language in its various modes.



Many graduates teach English in intermediate and secondary schools and in two- and four-year colleges; others educate teachers and conduct research in schools and universities, teach writing and administer writing programs, and direct curriculum development and educational programs in schools, colleges, and universities. In non-school settings, alumni work as editor and consultant in publishing and education and direct curriculum and training programs in industry.