Jan 16, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
    
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adolescent English - MA / Advanced Certificate


Education Adviser

Melissa Schieble
(212) 772-4044
902 West
mschiebl@hunter.cuny.edu

English Department Adviser (Master’s Degree only)

Janet Neary
1204 HW
(212) 772-4039
jneary@hunter.cuny.edu

The master’s and advanced certificate programs prepare candidates to teach English in grades 7-12 to students of diverse backgrounds, abilities and interests. These programs are not designed for individuals who already have NYS certification in English Language Arts 7-12.

The master’s program (Academic Plan: ENGAE-MA) is for applicants with no prior NYS certificate. The advanced certificate program (Academic Plan: ENGAE-AC) is a post-master’s program for applicants with no prior NYS certificate.

Admission Requirements


Master’s Degree

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0.​
  2. A minimum of 21 credits of advanced courses in British, American or World Literature written in English (no more than 3 credits of the latter).
  3. A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following (in addition to English major): 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of high school study in the same foreign language with grades of C or better documented by high school transcript will meet this requirement), 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography), 3 credits in the arts, and 12 credits in math/science/technology (a college course in calculus meets 6 credits of this requirement).
  4. Students must submit a writing sample of about 10 pages (preferably an undergraduate research paper of literary criticism).
  5. Two references (preferably including at least one academic reference).
  6. A personal statement.
  7. Submission of official score report on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Advanced Certificate

  1. An undergraduate major of at least 30 credits in English, and a master’s degree in the content area with a GPA of at least 3.3 from an accredited institution.
  2. A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following (in addition to English): 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography), 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of the same language in high school with a grade of “C” or better fulfills this requirement), 3 credits in the arts, and 12 credits in math/ science/ technology (a college course in calculus satisfies 6 credits of this requirement).
  3. Two professional references.
  4. A personal statement.
  5. Submission of official score report on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Progress Standards


A. 12-Credit Progress Standards for Matriculated Students

  1. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0.

  2. Students with more than one course grade below B in the first 12 credits of SEDC or SEDF course work will not be allowed to continue in the program.

  3. Students who receive a grade of F in any course, including arts and sciences courses, in the first 12 credits will not be allowed to continue in the program.

  4. Students with one grade of IN (Incomplete) within the first 12 credits are restricted from registering for more than one additional course. Those with two or more INs will not be allowed to register for any courses.
    Note: It is recommended that students with two or more INs take an official leave of absence

  5. Advanced certificate students only: are required to take the Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and submit their scores to the School of Education before completing 12 credits of course work. Students who do not receive a passing score on the CST may be required to enroll in additional subject specific courses.

B. Fieldwork Benchmarks

  1. All field experiences and student teaching will take place in New York City public schools.

  2. Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+ or C in a supervised field experience or student teaching or practicum course must apply to the chairperson of the department for permission to repeat that course, which may be repeated only once. Any student who receives a grade of F or WU may not reregister and will not be allowed to continue in the program.

  3. Student teaching and practicum courses listed as “by permission only” will require that students have passed the EAS and the relevant CST certification exams.

  4. Students must have no outstanding IN grades or admissions conditions in order to be given permission for student teaching or practicum course.

Course of Study


Academic Plans

  • Master’s Degree: ENGAE-MA
  • Advanced Certificate: ENGAE-AC

Total Credits

  • ENGAE-MA: 50-51
  • ENGAE-AC: 26-27

Exit Requirements


  1. An overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Master’s degree students will develop a professional teaching portfolio, which is a cumulative effort, integrating course and fieldwork throughout the program.
  3. Master’s degree students must pass a comprehensive examination in their subject area administered by the department within the Arts and Sciences. 
  4. Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop.