Why study English Education at Washburn?

At Washburn you’ll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful as an English teacher. This highly-respected program will prepare you for the classroom and for teaching exams that qualify you to teach grades 6-12 in Kansas. Graduates of Washburn’s English Education program are sought after and find rewarding employment at many grade-levels and schools.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $55,170 in Kansas (high school)on campus
A student and professor chat after class

What sets Washburn English apart?

  • Your dedicated advisor was in your shoes. Dr. Wade was an English educator in the classroom and at the district level.
  • English Education majors find community in the English Department and among future educators.
  • Study abroad opportunities are encouraged! Some alumni now teach English abroad.
  • Create something meaningful: You can help plan the Literature Festival for students in grades 5-12 from across Kansas or you can support K-12 students in various after school programs in local schools.
  • You’ll be eligible for scholarships and there are paid positions available if you want to tutor English.
  • The English Department provides a scholarship for every English education major during the student teaching semester

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Transferring to Washburn?

The BA in English with an emphasis in secondary education may help you reach graduation faster. Your faculty advisor will help you make the right choice for your goals.

Set for Success:

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
Employment of Middle and High School Teachers is predicted to grow about 4 percent from 2019 to 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate is as fast as average for all occupations.

Student/Faculty ratio:

9:1 Education

15:1 English

Job Placement


of English Education majors since 2018 have passed their licensure exams on the first try. Graduates are heavily recruited by school districts in Kansas and the Kansas City area.

Qualities for success

Excellent communication skills

Information literacy

Innovation and creativity

Awareness of underrepresented perspectives

Commitment to teaching effectiveness

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of English

English Department
Morgan Hall, Room 237
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1441

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