English Education, Master of Arts and Advanced Certificate

Fall Admissions Deadline: March 15th
Spring Admissions Deadline: October 15th

In City College’s English education program, you will build teaching and reflective skills that prepare you for a career in middle and high school classrooms.  You’ll consult research and theory that illuminates the qualities of good teaching.  You’ll plan and execute lessons in authentic New York City classrooms and reflect on these teaching experiences with course instructors and mentoring, cooperating teachers.  You’ll develop knowledge of literature, language, and methods of teaching so to support your classroom practice.  You’ll cultivate your appreciation for the varied strengths of diverse learners and extend these strengths to promote student engagement in the classroom and beyond. City College prepares students to meet standards of excellence as English teachers.

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Our program prioritizes clinical practice, requiring multiple opportunities for students to bridge theory to practice in urban education during the degree

Graduates are eligible for teaching certification in New York State

Faculty are informed by their own experiences in urban education as well as their scholarship and knowledge from varied leadership roles

The CCNY community is diverse and vibrant; students draw on their unique backgrounds when preparing for their roles as teachers

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Student Info

The English education program invites you to consider the multiple graduate degrees that we offer. While all graduate students have completed undergraduate coursework in English and/or related disciplines,  candidates come to us with a range of educational backgrounds.  We offer a degree for candidates with no prior teaching experience or coursework.  We offer a degree for candidates with initial teaching certification. Finally, we offer an advanced certificate for candidates with graduate degrees. Regardless of the degrees that they pursue, our graduates go on to make a positive impact in New York State middle and high school classrooms.

Faculty Info

Shira Eve Epstein entered the field of education as a middle school teacher in New York City. She joined CCNY’s School of Education in Fall 2008.  She is the director of the Social Studies Education and English Education Programs. In her research, she explores civic education and how teachers and students address social problems through curriculum. Her work can be found in Teachers College Record, English Journal, The Urban Review, and other publications.

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The English Education program is committed to preparing outstanding teachers who support students to be confident, capable, and critical participants of their communities. You will work with deeply committed faculty to learn – theories and practical teaching methods for middle and high school students; knowledge of your content-area and related pedagogical knowledge; how to prioritize student engagement and preparation for a life of civic participation; how to support and extend the strengths of diverse, multicultural schools. 


Admissions Facts

In your application, you will be asked to include:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (showing a minimum of 24 credits in English literature with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA in English of 3.0).
  • A personal statement about English teaching and how that personal view motivates you to teach English in secondary level schools.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Program Director: Shira Eve Epstein   sepstein@ccny.cuny.edu

Program Website: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/englished

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