Is it just here at NWU, or is it everywhere?
Our English Ed folks always seem to want to teach literature.
Ask them why they did a doctorate in English Ed, and they'll tell me that they were aware of the horrid prospects in lit, and so chose English Ed.
And they're right: my school starts English Ed assistant profs at about what associates in lit make.
But then they'll say that they want to teach lit, and they're totally qualified to teach whatever it is in lit that strikes their fancy... because they taught it in high school.