Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the 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.
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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.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr
Total Required Credits in English (Literature and Language) 39 cr
(21 credits must be upper division)
A. Required Courses (15 cr)
ENG 190 Introduction to Literary Analysis and Interpretation (Must be taken immediately after completion of freshman composition requirement or within first year of transfer to English Department.)
ENG 317 Shakespeare for Future Teachers (Students can also take ENG 315 or ENG 316.)
ENG 354 Ethnic American Literatures
ENG 370 Foundations of Language
ENG 461 Young Adult Literature
B. Area Courses in Literature (24 cr)
1. Two courses in British Literature, at least one before 1850.
Pre-1850 options: ENG 210, ENG 211, ENG 252, ENG 313, ENG 314, ENG 315, ENG 316, ENG 415, ENG 416, ENG 417, ENG 420. Other options: ENG 212, ENG 252, ENG 418, ENG 419, ENG 421, ENG 422, ENG 455. 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.
2. Two courses in American literature, at least one prior to 1900. Pre-1900 options: ENG 220, ENG 441, ENG 442, ENG 445. Other options: ENG 221, ENG 240, ENG 241, ENG 243, ENG 353 ENG 443, ENG 444
3. One course in World literature. Options: ENG 130, ENG 131, ENG 230, ENG 330, ENG 331, ENG 332, ENG 335, ENG 337, ENG 345, ENG 346, ENG 350, ENG 351. The following courses from the Modern and Classical Languages Department can apply to these areas with approval of the English Department chair: FRE 331, FRE 341, GER 337, GER 338, HUM 320, ITA 336, MCL 337, MCL 338.
4. Three other English courses in linguistics, literature, theory, or writing.
Note: Other courses, such as topics courses, when appropriate, can fulfill major requirements. Discuss questions with adviser.
Total Required Credits in Professional Education 42 cr
A. General Education Courses (15 cr)
EDU/EXE 375 Integration of Technology in Education
EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools
SPF 303 Educational Psychology for Teachers of Adolescents
SPF 403 Historical and Philosophical Forces Influencing Secondary Education
EXE 100 Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs
B. English Education (27 cr)
ENG 200 Field Experience in Secondary English Education
ENG 309 Teaching and Evaluating Writing
ENG 311 Methods of Teaching Language
ENG 463 Methods, Materials, and Professional Development for Teachers of English (6)
ENG 464 Student Teaching in Middle/Junior High School English (6)1
ENG 465 Student Teaching in Senior High School English (6)1
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.
1 SPF 303, SPF 403, EDU 416, ENG 200, ENG 309, ENG 463 are prerequisites for student teaching (ENG 464 and ENG 465). Students must have 2.75 overall GPA, and a 2.75 GPA in the major to student teach.
All College Electives 0-6 cr
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr