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English Education (Grades 7-12), B.A.

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).

Why English Education at Syracuse University?

  • 92% of School of Education students are employed or in graduate school within 6 months, and English education students have a 100% pass rate on the New York State edTPA examination.
  • Participate in EDU Sims, which are standardized simulations of common interactions in classroom and school environments to help you identify your strengths and develop your professional skills.
  • A total of 5 field placements in diverse settings starting in your first year, including 2 student teaching experiences in your senior year.
  • Two jobs for the price of one—a major in English and Textual Studies and a major in English Education gives you a leg up in both fields, preparing you for lesson planning or project management, problem solving in the publishing world or the classroom!
  • English education majors have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in London, England or other Syracuse Abroad centers and world partners. They can also take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • With a Syracuse University bachelor’s degree, you are eligible for the 25% alumni tuition scholarship for a School of Education master’s program.

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:

Program Details

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:

  • Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • History and Varieties of English
  • Methods and Material in Teaching English
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Reading and Interpretation
  • Advanced Writing Studio

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.

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