What will I learn?

The English liberal arts curriculum is designed to provide intensive study in literature, language, and writing. The department also offers a professional track in secondary education, as well as minors in English and creative writing. Any of these programs can be meaningfully combined with majors or minors in such fields as history, international studies, psychology, marketing, modern languages, philosophy, professional writing, elementary or early childhood education, and education of the deaf and hard of hearing.

The English program offers a broad range of courses in literature, language, film, and creative writing, allowing students to design programs appropriate to their goals and interests. The English major is excellent preparation for careers in public relations, law, management, teaching, or any occupation that requires verbal skills. It is also one of the best preparations for graduate and professional schools, and many of our students go on to advanced study at universities across the country.

For students in English: Liberal Arts and English: Secondary Education program: Retention in the program is based on the following performance standard in three critical content courses: LIT 200/ Introduction to Poetry (C); LIT 201/Approaches to Literature (C); LIT 202/Cultures and Canons (C). Students wishing to transfer into any English Department program from another program within the College (including another English Department program, such as from English to English Secondary Education) are required to submit a change of-major form by the date established on the Academic Calendar for the year. Graduation requirements: all English Department and correlate courses (C-).

English Major: Secondary Education

An overview of the entire secondary-level teacher preparation sequence for students can be found in the section of this bulletin for the Department of Education Administration and Secondary Education.

Students planning to teach secondary-level English should consult with advisors in both English and secondary education in planning their academic program. These plans should take into account requirements for: the major, liberal learning, professional courses, and state certification. To be retained in the program, a student must earn at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) before enrolling in the junior year education sequence. The student must establish a minimum 2.75 CGPA, and must have completed all required courses in the major as well as earned a grade of B or better in SED 399 and a B- in EED 390 in order to be allowed to student teach. It is recommended that EED 400 be taken prior to student teaching, and students must earn a B- or higher in this course to meet program requirements.

Five-Year MA for English: Liberal Arts and English: Secondary Education

The Department of English also offers a 5-year program leading to both BA and MA degrees for students majoring in English: Liberal Arts or English: Secondary Education. This accelerated program will offer candidates the opportunity to graduate in 5 years with a BA in English—including Secondary Teaching Certification in English (grades 6-12), for English: Secondary Education majors—and an MA in English. Enrolled students will benefit in many ways: with 10 graduate seminars, they will possess far more core content knowledge about literature, literary theory, and language; and with a graduate degree, they will be more competitive in local, regional, and national job markets. With just one extra year of study, future teachers can market themselves as “highly qualified” secondary school teachers of English and Language Arts.

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (128 semester hours)

Tuition fees
US$28,286.00 per year
Please note this fee is for 2018 and subject to change in the coming year.
Start date

Expected January, May, August 2022

Venue

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Social Sciences Building, Room 302, The College Of New Jersey,

2000 Pennington Rd.,

EWING,

New Jersey,

8638, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed high school qualification. English Language requirement: A minimum score of 80 is recommended for the Internet Based TOEFL exam and a score of 7 or higher is recommended for the IELTS.

For international students

First-year applicants have or will have completed high school and have not attended any other universities in the past.

English language requirements: TOEFL or IELTS scores are required if English is not the applicant’s native language. A minimum score of 80 is recommended for the Internet Based TOEFL exam and a score of 7.0 or higher is recommended for the IELTS.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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