Syracuse University has one of the most innovative undergraduate English Education programs in the nation. English Education students declare majors in both English and Textual Studies and English Education, earning a dual B.A. degree from the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. The English Education major cannot be completed without this dual enrollment. In addition, students formally declare a major in English and Textual Studies (ETS), which would also be listed on the transcript. Students earn one diploma granted by both colleges.
In English Education courses, students learn how to address all learners’ needs in a changing diverse society, with particular emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity, integration of media and technology, multi-level teaching, and standards-based assessment.
The undergraduate major in English and Textual Studies
emphasizes historical, theoretical, and political modes of inquiry. The curriculum stresses not only what is read but how. With help from their advisor, students select English courses that align with secondary school curriculum; these are likely to include poetry, Shakespeare, history and structure of the English language, creative nonfiction, and multicultural literature.
After completing the program and passing several state tests, students are eligible for New York State certification
in English language arts, grades 7-12.