The B.A. program in English Education prepares graduates to be effective and engaging educators in English language arts.
Students pursue a double major from both the School of Education’s Department of Reading and Language Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences, providing deep exploration into English content and pedagogy at the secondary level. You’ll develop knowledge and skills in integration of media and technology, multi-level teaching, and standards-based assessment, all with an emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity. This program aligns with the professional standards of the National Council for Teachers of English, and meets the academic requirements for New York State initial teacher certification in English Language Arts (Grades 7-12).
Because you will be a student in two different schools within Syracuse University, you will receive advising support, career services, and one-on-one mentoring from both the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. You’ll work closely with our faculty of nationally recognized scholars as you develop your professional identity and portfolio.
Graduates of this program have a strong foundational knowledge of English and an excellent preparation in inclusive pedagogy. Our graduates are in K-12 school, community, and other settings including:
As a student in the English Education program, you will combine studies in the secondary English curriculum, education methods, classroom practica, and academic requirements from the liberal arts core. You will choose courses to make up a major in English and Textual Studies and liberal arts courses in collaboration with your advisors, allowing you to tailor them to your personal and professional interests. English topics include but are not limited to poetry, Shakespeare, drama, the short story, the novel, structure of the English language, creative nonfiction, expository writing, and multicultural literature. Sample courses in your program may include:
Your first semester will include liberal arts electives, writing, and and an introductory English course. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.