English Teacher (7–12), B.A.

School of Education

Program Overview

In this program, you will learn to stir up enthusiasm for the study of English from the seventh to 12th grades. You’ll be given opportunities to develop your classroom practice as well as expand your knowledge of English literary studies, English education, and the field of education as a whole. You’ll learn how best to transmit your knowledge to students, discover techniques to engage reluctant learners, and help young learners develop an appreciation for English language and literature.

English Teacher (7–12), B.A.

Where You'll Go

The program fully prepares you for employment as an English teacher at the middle and high school levels. This program will not only support you to gain New York State Certification but will also provide you with both the analytical and practical skills to offer students the support needed to thrive holistically. Our graduates are hired by school districts locally and nationwide. The mission of the department is to prepare teachers for effective classroom practice of diverse students in urban settings. Our goal is the development of knowledgeable, skilled teacher candidates who are well versed in research, theory, and practice.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Description

The Department of Secondary Education and the Department of English jointly offer a program for students who plan to teach English in grades seven through 12. Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Secondary Education or the Department of English. Adolescence education (grades 7–12) and special subject programs are writing intensive. Students should consult a counselor as early as possible to plan their program.

Major Requirements (40–44 Credits)

Students must complete the following English Department requirements for the B.A. degree program for English teacher:

I. English

2120 and 2121 (8 credits)
English 2120 and 2121 are required. Majors in the English teacher program should complete English 2120 or 2121 or be enrolled in one or the other, before continuing in other electives. No ENGL course numbered lower than 2115 may count toward the major.

II. Period Courses (7–8 credits)

One course from each of two of the following six historical periods; one course must be chosen from Fields 1 or 3 and one must be chosen from Fields 4 through 6:

  1. 900–1500: English 3111311235204101; Comparative Literature 3614
  2. 1500–1680: English 3120312131223123312431254102; Comparative Literature 3615
  3. 1660–1800: English 31313132313332344103; Comparative Literature 3616
  4. 1800–1900: English 3140314131423143314531513160324041044107; Comparative Literature 36063617
  5. 1900–1950: English 24023152315331603161316231643165317031713172317331934108; Comparative Literature 3607361036183622362336243625
  6. 1950–present: English 2402315431613162316631673174318031873193319432544109411241134114; Comparative Literature 360936113619362136223623362546014602

III. Field Concentration: English Teaching (16 credits)

Four courses, one from each of the following groups:

  • A. Language: English 35203521352235233524, or a course in linguistics
  • B. Composition: English 21152116230123023177, or any other writing-intensive course
  • C. Shakespeare: English 3122 or 3123
  • D. Children’s and Young Adult Literatures: English 3189

IV. Electives (9–12 credits)

1. Breadth and Depth Area Studies (one course each from areas A and B):
2. One additional English Department elective, or one seminar in English or Comparative Literature numbered in the 4000s.

The following pedagogical courses in the Department of Secondary Education: Secondary Education 20012002340134024401440734564482 (total of 28 credits):

Secondary Education 2001200234013402. This four-term sequence may be started in the lower-sophomore term, or upper-sophomore term.

Secondary Education 3456 may be started after completing Secondary Education 2001 and 2002.

Student teaching: Secondary Education 44014407, and 4482.

This program reflects changes in teacher certification requirements recently implemented by the New York State Education Department. Degree programs in adolescence education and include a major in an appropriate department of the college and in the case of social studies may also include an approved selection of interdepartmental courses.

Completion of an adolescence education program as part of a major in English, one of the appropriate social sciences, mathematics, or one of the sciences qualifies students for New York State initial certification in adolescence education for grades seven through 12.

Students must complete 28 credits in the Department of Secondary Education as specified above.

All students accepted to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Fingerprint verification is required for work in New York City Department of Education schools if you already have fingerprint records or not. Follow these instructions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Be prepared to pass NYSED teacher certification examinations in content area, pedagogy, and knowledge of students.
  • Apply the ACTFL, CEC, NCSS, NCTE, NCTM, NSTA, and SHAPE Standards and the Next Generation Learning Standards to planning, instruction, and assessment for all students, including those of low SES, linguistic/cultural minorities, and those with IEPs.
  • Design lessons and units of study that engage all students, including ELLs and students with IEPs, in doing, thinking, reasoning, speaking, and writing in the content areas.
  • Incorporate community resources in culturally relevant units of study.
  • Create classrooms that support social and emotional learning.
  • Make plans for and use technological tools (e.g. communication and collaboration tools, adaptive devices, Web-based digital media) in instruction.
  • Analyze instructional materials and assessments in order to identify linguistic and extra-linguistic demands and challenges of performance tasks in the content areas.
  • Analyze and interpret whole-class interaction focusing on guiding techniques conducive to orchestrating meaningful, inclusive, and content-rich conversations.
  • Analyze and interpret samples of student work and classroom data to identify different levels of student learning as well as typical errors and misconceptions.
  • Conduct and use research in their own practices to improve learning and teaching.

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Internships and Employers

Students complete internships in public and private schools throughout the New York City region as well as across the United States. The internship is a supervised experience designed to hone the requisite skills and knowledge to work as an English teacher.

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