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English Education (7-12), B.S.

About the Program

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The English B.S. degree program in secondary education leads to a New York State Initial Certificate for teaching English in grades 7–12.

Freshmen with a high school GPA below 85 and transfers with fewer than 30 credits or a GPA below 3.0 are admitted into the English major and may switch to English education upon meeting departmental requirements. Freshmen with a high school GPA of 85 or above and transfers with more than 30 credits and a GPA of 3.0 or above can be admitted directly into English education.

About the English Department

326 Ketchum Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5416
Fax: (716) 878-5700
http://english.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

30 credits of college coursework; mandatory meeting with the English education coordinator; a 3.0 GPA and/or a strong indication of the professional disposition required to be a successful teacher. Evidence of professional dispositions can be indicated in a variety of ways:


  • faculty recommendations,

  • completed professional disposition forms,

  • interview with English Education Committee, and/or

  • evidence of relevant extracurricular activities.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39

English (Literature and Language) Major Requirements (39 credit hours)
21 credit hours must be upper-division

Required Courses (15 credit hours)
ENG 190 INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY INTERPRETATION 1 3
ENG 317 SHAKESPEARE FOR FUTURE TEACHERS 2 3
ENG 354 ETHNIC AMERICAN MINORITY LITERATURES 3
ENG 370 FOUNDATIONS OF LANGUAGE 3
ENG 461 YOUNG-ADULT LITERATURE 3

Area Courses in Literature (24 credit hours)
Select two courses in British literature, at least one before 1850: 6
Pre-1850 options 3
ENG 210 BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1700
ENG 211 BRITISH LITERATURE 1700-1914
ENG 252 BRITISH MODERNISM
ENG 313 MILTON
ENG 314 CHAUCER
ENG 315 SHAKESPEARE I
ENG 316 SHAKESPEARE II
ENG 415 SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
ENG 416 EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLISH LITERATURE
ENG 417 BRITISH NOVEL TO 1800
ENG 420 EARLY VICTORIAN LITERATURE

Other options
ENG 212 BRITISH LITERATURE SINCE 1914
ENG 252 BRITISH MODERNISM
ENG 418 THE BRITISH NOVEL, 1800-1900
ENG 419 ROMANTIC MOVEMENT IN BRITISH LITERATURE
ENG 421 LATER VICTORIAN LITERATURE
ENG 422 JAMES JOYCE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES
ENG 455 THE BRITISH NOVEL AFTER 1900
Select two courses in American literature, at least one prior to 1900: 6

Pre-1900 options
ENG 220 AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1865
ENG 441 THE ROMANTIC MOVEMENT IN AMERICAN LITERATURE
ENG 442 THE AMERICAN NOVEL TO 1900
ENG 445 AMERICAN REALISM

Other options
ENG 221 AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1865
ENG 240 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1940
ENG 241 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1940
ENG 243 INTRODUCTION TO LATINO/A LITERATURE
ENG 353 AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURE
ENG 443 AMERICAN POETRY AFTER 1900
ENG 444 THE AMERICAN NOVEL AFTER 1900

Select one course in world literature: 3
ENG 130 BIBLICAL AND CLASSICAL LITERATURE
ENG 131 MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
ENG 230 COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
ENG 330 LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE
ENG 331 FRENCH LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
ENG 332 RUSSIAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
ENG 335 MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE EUROPEAN LITERATURE
ENG 337 MODERN EUROPEAN LITERATURE
ENG 345 WORLD LITERATURE AFTER 1945
ENG 346 NON-WESTERN LITERATURE AFTER 1945
ENG 350 TWENTIETH-CENTURY DRAMA I
ENG 351 TWENTIETH-CENTURY DRAMA II
The following courses from the Modern and Classical Languages Department can apply to theses areas with approval of the English Department chair:
FRE 331 FRENCH LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
FRE 341 FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
GER 337 MODERN GERMAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
MCL 337 GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
MCL 338 INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL GREEK DRAMA
Select three other English courses in linguistics, literature, theory or writing. 9
Note: Other courses, such as topics courses, when appropriate, can fulfill major requirements. Discuss questions with adviser.

General Education Courses (15 credit hours)
EDU/EXE 375 INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION 3
EDU 416 TEACHING LITERACY IN MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS 4 3
SPF 303 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: MIDDLE AND SECONDARY EDUCATION 4 3
SPF 403 HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FORCES INFLUENCING SECONDARY EDUCATION 4 3
EXE 100 NATURE AND NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 3

English Education (27 credit hours)
ENG 200 FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SECONDARY ENGLISH EDUCATION 4 3
ENG 309 TEACHING AND EVALUATING WRITING 4 3
ENG 311 METHODS IN TEACHING LANGUAGE 3
ENG 463 METHODS, MATERIALS, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH 4 6
ENG 464 STUDENT TEACHING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH 4 6
ENG 465 STUDENT TEACHING IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH 4 6

All College Electives
0-6 credit hours 0-6

Total Credit Hours 120
1 Must be taken immediately after completion of freshman composition requirement or within first year of transfer to English Department.
2 Students can also take ENG 315 or ENG 316
3 If students use ENG 315 or ENG 316 to satisfy their Shakespeare requirement (see above), they cannot use it to satisfy their pre-1850 requirement.
4 Prerequisite for student teaching (ENG 464 and ENG 465). Students must have 3.0 overall GPA, and a 3.0 GPA in the major to teach.

In addition to academic requirements, students are required to complete all seminars specifically required by New York State for program completion, including School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; Alcohol and Other Drug Avoidance; Fire and Arson Safety; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). The seminar requirements are subject to change.

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