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 Middle School or High School level. The curriculum is distinct from the Literary Studies option in two respects:

  1. it features a required core of pedagogy classes, and
  2. it structures literature and linguistics requirements carefully so that each graduate of the program will cover all major subfields within the field.

This information is intended as a general outline of the English Education major option. For a detailed list of requirements, including GE requirements, please consult the Degree Curriculum Sheet linked at right. Please contact 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?

Major Core Courses

  • ENG 1000: English and Modern Languages First Year Experience
  • ENG 2200: Introduction to English Linguistics
  • ENG 2300: American Literature to 1865 —or— ENG 2320: American Literature Since 1865
  • ENG 2330: Introduction to Multicultural Literature in the U.S.
  • ENG 2510: British Literature I —or— ENG 2520: British Literature II
  • ENG 2710: World Literature I —or— ENG 2720: World Literature II
  • a 2000-level Foreign Language course
  • ENG 3000: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENG 3150: Advanced Expository Writing
  • ENG 3151: Writing for the Professions
    ENG 3210: The Grammar of Modern English
  • a Polytechnic Experience (choose 1):
    • any subject-relevant course with an S-classification (service course)
    • ENG 3120: Professional Editing
    • ENG 4230: Teaching English Abroad
    • ENG 4400A: Writing for the Web Activity
    • ENG 4401A: Journal Publishing Activity
    • ENG 4402: Undergraduate Research
    • ENG 4410: Internship Cooperative Education
    • ENG 4411: English Education Teaching Practicum
    • ENG 4895: Careers for English Majors 

English Education Required Courses

  • ENG 3110: Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
  • ENG 3212: Language Acquisition
  • ENG 3152: Literacy, Language, and Cultural Practices —or— ENG 3010: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies —or— ENG 3011: Literature, Power, and Politics —or— ENG 3012: Digital Research Methods
  • ENG 3153: Theory to Practice in Student Literacy
  • ENG 4150: Multimedia Practicum
  • ENG 4503: Shakespeare before 1600
  • ENG 4630: English Education Capstone Seminar

English Education Electives

Genre: choose 1

  • ENG 4311: American Poetic Traditions
  • ENG 4502: British Renaissance
  • ENG 4503: Shakespeare before 1600 —or— ENG 4504: Shakespeare after 1600 —or— ENG 4505: Shakespeare Through Performance
  • ENG 4513: British Drama to 1890
  • ENG 4521: The Modern British Novel
  • ENG 4800: The Modern Drama
  • ENG 4882: Myth as Literature
  • ENG 4883: The Epic

Decentered Canons: choose 2

  • ENG 4330: Multicultural Literature in the U.S.
  • ENG 4331: Hemispheric American Literature
  • ENG 4332: African American Literature
  • ENG 4333: Native American Literature
  • ENG 4334: Asian American Literature
  • ENG 4730: Colonial and Postcolonial Literature
  • ENG 4731: The Literature of Exile
  • ENG 4740: Chinese Civilization and Culture
  • ENG 4881: Intersectionality and Literature
  • SPN 4380: Literature of the Spanish Empire —or— SPN 4350: Hispanic Modernisms —or— SPN 4320: Mexican and Chicano Literature (Note: SPN courses are taught in Spanish)

Focused Inquiry: choose 2

  • ENG 4300: Early American Literature
  • ENG 4310: 19th C. American Literature
  • ENG 4500: Chaucer
  • ENG 4501: Literature of the English Civil War
  • ENG 4510: The Enlightenment
  • ENG 4511: British Romanticism
  • ENG 4512: British Victorian Age
  • ENG 4720: The Novel in the Modern World
  • ENG 4721: Viewing Words; Reading Pictures
  • ENG 4811: 20th/21st C. American Literature
  • ENG 4880: Modernism and Postmodernism

Unrestricted Electives

  • 15 unrestricted elective courses (see Degree Curriculum Sheet)

Single Subject Credential Directed Coursework

  • COM 2204: Advocacy and Argument (GE A1)
  • TH 2030: Introduction to Theatre (GE C1)
  • ENG 4503: Shakespeare before 1600 (GE C3)
  • COM 4133: Public Opinion, Propaganda and Mass Media (GE D4)

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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" $70 application fee).
  2. Proceed to the Graduate Programs Office in the English and Foreign Languages Department (Building 24, 2nd 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, 2nd 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 or Spring Semesters. 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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