Secondary English Education

The Secondary English Education concentration is for students planning to teach at the junior-high or high-school levels, and is usually taken in conjunction with English Education courses toward a teaching certificate. Secondary English Education students will complete 39 credits of coursework, including the gateway Introduction to Literary Study and required courses in advanced grammar, Shakespeare, American Literature, Ethnic/Women's/Minority Literature, and historical surveys in addition to their own selection of English electives.  

Students who are interested in pursuing an English major with a concentration in Secondary English Education should also contact Prof. Andrew Ratner, aratner@ccny.cuny.edu , for English Education advising (212-650-5323; NAC 5/208).

Secondary English Education Concentration Major Requirements

In addition to satisfying CCNY's core requirements (checked by the Dean's Office, NAC 5/225), English majors must complete 3 credits of Gateway (ENGL 25000) and 36 additional credits of Literature courses.  39 credits total are required of the English major.  No more than 12 transfer credits may be used to fulfill major requirements.  Publishing courses do not meet the requirements for either the English major or minor.

1. All majors must take English 25000 which is a pre-requisite to all 300- and 400-level Literature classes and it must be taken at the beginning of your work for the major.

2. All majors must also take one additional 200-level Literature course (a Genre Survey, a Historical Survey, or a Literatures of Diversity course). This class is a pre-requisite to taking 300- and 400-level Literature classes and must be taken at the beginning of your work for the major. No more than four 200-level Literature classes may be counted towards the English major.

3. All majors must take two 300-level Literature courses. One 300-level Literature class may be taken concurrently with 200- level Literature class, but completing the Gateway class and an additional 200-level Literature course is a pre-requisite for further enrollment in 300- and 400-level Literature classes.

4. All majors must take two 400-level Literature courses. Completing two 300-level Literature classes is a pre-requisite for enrollment in 400-level Literature classes.

It is recommended that students study a variety of literary genres and periods. A single elective creative writing course may be taken in place of a literature course.

Further Requirements for Secondary English Education Concentration:

21 credits (7 classes) of Literature courses at any level. Along with following the department's course level requirements, students pursuing this concentration must complete at least one class in each of the following content areas: American literature; ethnic/minority literature; ethnic/minority or women's literature; Shakespeare; a survey of a period in literary history; pre-1900 literature other than Shakespeare; and either ENGL 34200 Advanced Grammar or a class in sociolinguistics/English language studies. Please note that no more than four 200-level Literature classes may be counted towards the English major. A single elective creative writing course may be taken in place of a literature course.

List of Courses

Mandatory Gateway course for all English Majors (3 cr.):

Introduction to Literary Study: ENGL 25000 

Additional Literature Courses (36 cr.):

Elective Literature (200-level) 
Elective Literature (300-level) 
Elective Literature (300-level) 
Elective Literature (400-level) 
Elective Literature (400-level) 
Elective Literature (200-level or above)
Elective Literature (200-level or above)
Elective Literature (300-level or above) 
Elective Literature (300-level or above) 
Elective Literature (300-level or above) 
Elective Literature (300-level or above) 
Elective Creative Writing or Elective Literature (300-level or above) 

*Students should keep in mind the content area requirements, listed above, as they plan their classes for the major.

Additional Information on Courses

Each semester the English Department prepares an undergraduate course description booklet providing detailed information on all 22000-and-higher-level courses to be offered in the following semester.  Booklets are available in the main office, NAC 6/219. For more information, advising, registration, or to sign up as a major or minor, please meet with an undergraduate English advisor in NAC 6/219 or call (212) 650-5407.