Program Details

M.A. degree program in education: English teacher (7-12)
HEGIS code 1501.01
NYS SED program code 26811

Program Web Site

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Parmar, Priya Program Head 718 951 5000 x4377 2403c James Hall seedinfo @ brooklyn.cuny.edu;
pparmar @ brooklyn.cuny.edu
Call/Email to make an appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Education, Secondary Education
English
Fall Application Deadline May 15th - rolling admission
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, a brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals. If you already have initial state certification, attach a photocopy of your New York State or other state teaching certificate.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 650, 280, 114
Examinations

 

The M.A. programs in English education leading to Initial Certification and/or Professional Certification for English teachers grades 7-12 are designed for students who plan to teach or are currently teaching. The programs offer experienced and beginning teachers opportunities to develop their classroom practice and to expand their knowledge of English education and the field of education as a whole. Courses are taught by nationally known scholars, many of whom have had experience teaching at secondary levels. Our programs combine rigorous and rewarding study in literature and composition with intensive study of curriculum, pedagogy, and schools.

The profession of teacher education is licensed by the New York State Education Department. Therefore, program requirements are subject to change. All students should consult with the Department of Secondary Education for the current requirements.
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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must offer at least 15 credits in advanced courses in English.

Applicants must also offer (a) or (b) or (c):

(a) New York State Initial Certification in teaching English for grades 7-12; or courses in education that meet the New York State standards for the pedagogical core. These courses include study of the following: history of education and philosophy of education or principles of education or educational sociology; educational psychology or developmental psychology or psychology of adolescence or adolescent development; classroom management; teaching students with special needs and English language learners; 6 credits in literacy and language acquisition; curriculum development and methods of assessing student learning; uses of technology in the classroom; methods of teaching English at appropriate age levels; 100 hours of fieldwork; 300 hours of student teaching English at appropriate grade levels, or one year of full-time teaching English at appropriate grade levels;

(b) an undergraduate degree with a major in English, or appropriate coursework in English;

(c) an undergraduate major in English, the Content Specialty Test CST, an approved 200 hours preparation program and a position at an approved public school through which students can accrue on-the-job training to substitute for student teaching.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation.

Applicants who have not completed all the specific course requirements are given individual consideration and may be admitted with conditions, with the approval of the head of the program in English education and the chair or graduate deputy of the English Department.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 650 on the paper-based test or 280 on the computer-based test or 114 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

Students should note additional requirements found in the sections "Admission" and "Academic Regulations and Procedures" in the Graduate Bulletin.

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Degree requirements
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Thirty to forty-six credits are required for the degree.

Students must complete 18 credits in courses in English.

Students enroll in the appropriate course of studies listed below (Option A or B or C) based upon teaching experience, previous course work, and the teaching certificates they hold.

Option (A): 30 credits

Students who possess Initial Certification in teaching English or equivalent course work and teaching experience must complete the following courses in English: English 7010X and 7011X. In addition, students must complete a course in four of the seven areas of study listed under the M.A. in English in the Bulletin, as follows: three courses from areas 1-5 and 7, excluding English 7507X; and one course from area 6. Student must also complete 12 credits in courses in Education as follows: SEED 7502T, 7508T, 7548X and 7521T.

Option (B): 46 credits

Students who do not possess Initial Certification in teaching English or equivalent course work and teaching experience must complete the following courses in English: English 7010X, English 7011X and English 7507X.

In addition, and with advisement from the chair or graduate deputy of the English department, students must complete a course in two of the seven areas of study listed under the M.A. in English in the Bulletin, as follows: two courses from areas 1-4 and 7; and one course from area 6. Students must also complete the following courses in Secondary Education: SEED 7500X, 7501X, 7531T, 7542T, 7514T, 7543T, 7502T, 7508T, 7521T, and 7671T.

Option (C): 36 credits

Students who are teaching or have secured a position teaching English and who are pursuing an Alt B Certificate must complete the following courses in English: English 7010X, English 7011X and English 7507X. In addition, and with advisement from the chair or graduate deputy of the English department, students must complete a course in two of the seven areas of study listed under the M.A. in English in the Bulletin, as follows: two courses from areas 1-4 and 7; and one course from area 6. Students pursuing an Alt B Certificate may substitute their teaching job for student teaching but upon consultation with their advisor must still register for SEED 6002T and must take SEED 7500X, 7531T, 7514T, 7502T, 7671T, and 7508T.

All students must pass a written comprehensive examination administered by the English Department at the end of their program. Information about the comprehensive examination is in the section of the "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

Courses in the English Department and the School of Education offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses.

Students pursuing an M.A. English Teacher must have taken or must take courses that meet the New York State and National Council of Teachers of English NCTE English standards. Transcript review will determine what appropriate course work students must take.

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