Bachelor of Arts in English: Concentration in English Education 

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General Information

Students considering teaching in the secondary schools should see a departmental credential advisor before planning their program. Specific courses and an assessment of competencies are required for admission to the Secondary Education Credential program. Students should also contact the Credential and Graduate Services Center, Burk Hall 244, 415-405-3594, regarding teaching credential information.

English majors with concentrations in Literature, Linguistics, or Individual Major are required to complete a 45-unit program consisting of 6 units of lower-division prerequisites, 15 units of core requirements, 21 units in an area of concentration, and 3 units of culminating experience. English majors with a concentration in English Education must complete 6 units of lower-division prerequisites, 12 units of core requirements, between 23 and 26 units in the concentration (including 3 units of culminating experience), plus 12 to 22 units in an area of emphasis.

A maximum of 9 units of work in lower-division literature courses may be accepted for credit in the major upon consent of an advisor.

Advanced Placement (A.P.) credit in composition cannot be used to fulfill the lower-division literature requirement in the major or minor.

Completion of ENG 480GW with a grade of C or higher fulfills the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) for all English majors.

Culminating Experience must be completed during either the final semester, or one of the semesters of the student’s final (senior) year, depending on the English major concentration. For more information, please refer to the relevant major concentration section in this Bulletin.

English (B.A.): Concentration in English Education — 53 - 66 units

Lower-division (6 units)

Two lower-division courses in literature (to be taken as prerequisite or corequisite with ENG 480GW. One of these courses may also satisfy the “Mythology and Oral Traditions” requirement in the English Education Concentration.

Core Requirements (12 units)

ENG 583Shakespeare: Representative Plays3
or ENG 584 Shakespeare-Selected Plays
ENG 480GWJunior Seminar - GWAR3
ENG 461Literature in English II: 18th and 19th Centuries3
ENG 462Literature in English III: The Twentieth Century3

Concentration: English Education (23 - 26 units)

General Linguistics (3 units)

ENG 420Introduction to the Study of Language3

Applied Linguistics (3 units)

Select one of the following or see an advisor:
ENG 425Language in Context3
ENG 426Second Language Acquisition (co-requisite: introductory course in a foreign language)3
ENG 706Seminar in Sociolinguistics of Composition3

Literature: Adolescent (3 units)

ENG 655Literature and the Adolescent Reader3

Literacy (3 units)

Includes 25 community-service-learning hours.

ENG 417Academic Literacy and the Urban Adolescent3

Advanced Composition (3 units)

Includes 20 community-service-learning hours.

ENG 419Advanced Composition for Teachers3

Mythology and Oral Traditions (0 - 3 units)

Select one of the following if not taken as prerequisite above:
AIS 162American Indian Oral Literature3
CLAS 230Ancient Epic Tales3
CWL 250Fables and Tales3
CWL 260Myths of the World3
CWL 421Celtic Literature3
ENG 636Greek and Roman Myth and Modern Literature3
LTNS 435Oral History Methods: Theory and Practice3

Speech Performance (4 units)

COMM 362Introduction to Oral Interpretation4
or COMM 363 Oral Interpretation of the First Person Voice

Global Literature (3 units)

A course in anglophone (composed in English) literature not from the U.S. or Britain. Courses in this section must be chosen with approval of advisor.

Culminating Experience: English Education E-portfolio (1 units)

This course must be completed during the final semester.
(English Education e-portfolio – see below)

ENG 688Assessment in English Language Arts1


In addition, candidates must complete one of the following four emphasis areas.4

Emphasis: Literature (12 units)

ENG 460Literature in English I: Beginnings through the 17th Century3
ENG 690Senior Seminar (variable topics; see current Class Schedule)3
Select one course in theory or criticism3
Select one additional upper-division elective3

Total for Major: 53 - 56

Emphasis: Linguistics (12 - 15 units)

ENG 422History of the English Language3
ENG 424Phonology and Morphology3
ENG 425Language in Context (if not used to satisfy Applied Linguistics above)3
Select an additional linguistics elective with approval of advisor3

Total for Major: 53 - 59

Emphasis: Creative Writing (15 units)

C W 301Fundamentals of Creative Writing3
C W 302Fundamentals of Creative Reading3
Craft of Writing
Select one of the following:3
Craft of Poetry - GWAR
Craft of Fiction - GWAR
Craft of Playwriting - GWAR
Upper-Division Creative Writing Electives
Select two upper-division Creative Writing electives (workshop or creative process classes in Creative Writing)6

Total for Major: 56-59

Emphasis: Drama 5 (19 - 22 units)

Lower-Divison Acting
TH A 130Acting Workshop I3
TH A 230Acting Workshop II3
Stage Production, General and Technical Theatre
TH A 205Introduction to Technical Theatre and Design2
Select one of the following:2
Scenery and Properties Laboratory and Crew
Costuming and Makeup Laboratory and Crew
Lighting and Sound Laboratory and Crew
Theatre Backgrounds
Select one of the following:3
Theatre Backgrounds: 500 B.C.-1642
Theatre Backgrounds: 1642-1900
Theatre Backgrounds: 1900-Present
Acting and Directing
Upper division courses — one may be used for Speech Performance above, which would reduce the English Education requirements by 1 unit)6-9

Total for Major: 59 - 66

Important Notes
  1. Students must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher in the major, and no grade in the major lower than C- (except for ENG 480GW, which requires a grade of C or higher).
  2. Only courses in which students earn a B- or better will count towards subject matter competency for admission into a California credential program. Students who earn lower grades in any of the courses required for their major will need to take the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) to establish subject matter competency.
    Courses for subject matter competency may not be taken CR/NC.
  3. Admission to the credential program at SF State requires a GPA of 2.75 (B-) or better.
  4. Check with an English Education advisor for specific courses that meet the requirements in the English Education concentration and with an advisor in your emphasis area to ensure that your electives are approved.
  5. Candidates pursuing an emphasis in drama should see a minor advisor in Theatre Arts to learn how to supplement the English Education major with a minor. The drama emphasis area allows substitutions in the English Education Concentration. See an advisor if you are considering this area.

Candidates with a particular interest in communication studies or comparative and world literature can pursue special strands within those majors for subject matter competency in English.

Electronic Portfolio

Candidates in English Education must register for ENG 688 during their final semester, when they will compile an electronic portfolio to demonstrate that they have met all of the core outcomes of the Single Subject Program. They should include artifacts - examples of their work, and faculty and peer comments on their work - and reflections that explicitly tie elements of the artifacts to the outcome statements.

Complementary Studies Requirement for English Majors

Twelve units of complementary studies are required of all candidates in any of the four concentrations (Literature, Linguistics, English Education and Individual Major) in the Bachelor of Arts degree in English. These units must come from courses bearing a prefix other than ENG, and must not be cross-listed with ENG. English majors will be offered four pathways for satisfying this requirement; each pathway is designed to facilitate graduation in a timely manner.

  1. Foreign Language: 12 units in a single foreign language;
  2. 2nd Major / Minor / Certificate: 12 units of course work taken as part of a second major, a minor or a certificate;
  3. Study Abroad: 12 units of course work taken in an approved study abroad program (such as CSU Study Abroad);
  4. Related Subjects: 12 units of course work in related disciplines with the approval of a English Department advisor.

Related subjects typically include (but are not limited to) Comparative and World Literature, Classics, Creative Writing, Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages, History, Journalism, and Women and Gender Studies. For this option, 6 units must be from classes in a non-literary related field.

Depending on concentration within the major, CS pathway, and with approval of a departmental advisor, up to 12 units from courses with non-ENG prefixes that count towards the Complementary Studies requirement may also count as English electives in fulfillment of Major requirements.

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Written English Communication II LD 3 A4
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Humanities: Literature LD 3 C3
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Governement LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD or UD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), in a major or minor, or may be an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) LD or UD 3
Environmental Sustainability (ES) LD or UD 3
Global Perspectives (GP) LD or UD 3
Social Justice (SJ) LD or UD 3

Note: LD = lower division; UD = upper division.

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General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California government
    • a 2nd-semester course in written English composition

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), go to Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower division major requirements for this major
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 units/90 quarters required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper division transfer (for example, if course was not passed on first attempt, or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California community college of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower division general education in areas C and D until after transfer in order to focus on preparation courses for the major. (This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.)

Transferring from institutions other than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower division General Education requirements. As described above, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3 and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (GE A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. Review more information about the A3 requirement here.

Identify and complete a 2nd-semester written English composition course before transfer. This is usually the next course after the typical “freshman comp” course, with a focus on writing, reading and critical analytical skills for academic purposes, and developing skills in composing, revising, and the use of rhetorical strategies.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All students must meet the transfer eligibility requirements outlines below for admission. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
  • Complete 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (same as CSU GE area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a "C" or better grade in each basic skills course.