College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

English Education Major

The CCTC-approved English Education curriculum at Cal Poly Pomona prepares students to enter single subject credential programs, and become English teachers at the High School or Junior High level. The curriculum is distinct from the Literature and Language option in two respects: a) it features a required core of pedagogy classes, and b) it structures literature and linguistics requirements carefully so that each graduate of the program is sure of covering all major subfields within the field. This information is intended as a general outline of the English Education major. For a detailed list of requirements, including G.E. requirements, please consult the Curriculum Sheet at left. Please see the English Education coordinator with any questions you may have.

  1. What courses are required?
  2. How do I file an application?
  3. Which exams are required?
  4. What is a CTC subject matter approved program?
  5. When can I apply?
  6. What are the minimum G.P.A. requirements for admission?

1. What courses are required?

Required English and Pedagogy Courses

    • Advanced Expository Writing ENG 303
    • Grammar Modern English ENG 321
    • Literary Theory ENG 350
    • Shakespeare ENG 404
    • Multicultural Literatures in the U. S. ENG 213
    • From Theory to Practice in Student Literacy ENG 314
    • Language Acquisition ENG 323
    • Adolescent Literature ENG 326, or Harry Potter as Literature and Cultural Studies ENG 327
    • Multimedia Practicum ENG 464
    • Assessment Seminar ENG 465

Other Required Courses

    • Public Speaking COM 100, or Advocacy and Argument COM 204
    • Public Opinion, Propaganda, Mass Media COM 413
    • Freshman English II ENG 105
    • The appropriate Composition course (ENG 107, or ENG 109, or ENG 110)
    • Introduction to the Theatre TH 203
    • Foreign Language (any 200-level course)

The reamainder of the curriculum comprises breadth and depth requirements of the sub-fields within English studies. To ensure breadth, each student must take one course from each lettered category (in certain cases a course appears in two categories and counts for both)

English Literature (4 courses total, with one case of doubling up)

A. Medieval

    • Survey of British Literature I ENG 207 
    • Arthurian Romance ENG 311
    • Chaucer ENG 401

B. Rennaissance

    • Survey of British Literature I ENG 207
    • Shakespeare Before 1600 ENG 403
    • Shakespeare ENG 404 (since this is also a required course, students need 4 English Lit courses in addition)
    • English Renaissance ENG 440

C. Eighteenth-Century

    • Survey of British Literature I ENG 207 
    • The Novel in English to 1880 ENG 305
    • English Enlightenment ENG 442

D. Nineteenth-Century

    • Survey of British Literature II ENG 208 
    • The Novel in English to 1880 ENG 305
    • The Modern British Novel ENG 306
    • English Romanticism ENG 444
    • Victorian Writers ENG 448

E. Twentieth-Century

    • Survey of British Literature II ENG 208 
    • The Modern British Novel ENG 306
    • Twentieth-Century British Literature ENG 450
    • Modernism and Postmodernism

American Literature (3 courses total)

F. Origins to 1820

    • Survey of American Literature I ENG 211
    • American Poetic Traditions I ENG 360
    • Early American Literature ENG 452

G. Nineteenth-Century American Literature

    • Survey of American Literature I ENG 211 
    • American Poetic Traditions I ENG 360
    • Nineteenth-Century American Literature ENG 454

H. Twentieth-Century American Literature

    • Survey of American Literature II ENG 212 
    • Multicultural Literatures in the U.S. ENG 213 (since this is also a required course, students need 3 American Lit courses in addition)
    • American Poetic Traditions II ENG 361
    • Race and Gender in Modern Literature ENG 345
    • The Literature of Exile ENG 425
    • Twentieth-Century American Literature ENG 456

I. World Literature (3 courses total)

    • Myth as Literature ENG 340 

Choose one:

    • World Literature I ENG 217
    • The Epic ENG 310

Choose one:

    • World Literature II ENG 218
    • The Novel in the Modern World ENG 333
    • Colonial and Postcolonial Literature ENG 334

J. Informational Texts and Language or Literature (2 courses total)

Choose one:

    • Writing for the Professions  English 301
    • Introduction to Rhetorical Theory  English 355

Choose one:

    • Language, Literacy, and Cultural Practices ENG 313 
    • Language in Society ENG 317
    • Analysis of Conversation ENG 318
    • Applied Pragmatics ENG 319
    • Structure of Language ENG 320
    • Development of Modern English ENG 322
    • Children’s Literature ENG 324
    • Narative in Literature and Film ENG 330
    • The Literature of Exile ENG 425

K. Linguistics (1 course total), choose one

    • Analysis of Conversation ENG 318 
    • Applied Pragmatics ENG 319
    • Structure of Language ENG 320
    • Development of Modern English ENG 322

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2. How do I file an application?

An applicant is required to follow three steps: 1) Apply online for entrance to graduate studies through https://www.calstate.edu/apply (click "apply online" and then "graduate admissions" $55 application fee); 2) Proceed to the Graduate Programs Office in the English and Foreign Languages Department (Building 24 second floor see Connie Cuellar) and sign up to take the Writing Sample (one hour timed writing session) and to be interviewed (20-30 minutes); 3) File a complete application with the Credential Office in Building 6 second floor (see Jennifer Padilla, Credential Analyst, 869-2303). The link is Programs Admissions Packet (20 pages). Students need to allow for 4-6 weeks to compile all the documents.

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3. Which exams are required?

Students need to take and pass the CBEST Exam (see http://www.cbest.nesinc.com/) and must submit proof of passing in the application packet to be submitted to the Credential Office in the College of Education and Integrative Studies.

Students who have not earned a B. A. in English from a CTC subject matter approved program in English (see http://www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/approved-programs.html) need to take and pass all FOUR subtests for the CSET in English and submit proof of passing with the application packet (see http://www.cset.nesinc.com/).

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4. What is a CTC subject matter approved program?

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has stipulations and preconditions for the undergraduate curriculum in English Education. Universities deemed as subject matter approved programs in English to certify competency have met these requirements. Those students who enroll and finish a course of study in English at one of the CTC subject matter approved programs can receive a waiver to be exempt from taking the CSET.

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5. When can I apply?

Students can file an application for the Single Subject Credential Program in English for the Fall, Winter, or Spring Quarters. Generally, students need to attend an orientation about the procedure. Students should also see the English Education Coordinator, Dr. Dewey W. Hall, in Building 24-210 (dwhall@cpp.edu) to prepare the application.

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6. What are the minimum G.P.A. requirements for admission?

Students need to have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the subject matter with no grade lower than a “C” in any of the subject matter coursework in English.

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