Apr 05, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

Adolescent English, Grades 7-12 - BA

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The BA program in Adolescent English Education leads to initial certification as a teacher in New York State.

The undergraduate programs in adolescent education are designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educators for students in urban secondary schools. Teacher candidates will take a specified sequence of education courses in addition to fulfilling the CUNY Common Core Requirement and the requirements of their liberal arts or sciences major. These programs include fieldwork in New York City Public schools.

The Education course of study is a 27-credit sequence that students usually complete over four semesters in addition to the major in the subject they plan to teach.

Declaring the Major

Before you can declare a School of Education major as part of your bachelor’s degree, you must complete a group interview with faculty. Signing up for an interview can be done through the School of Education website. Current Hunter students can request an interview throughout the year.

Students interested in an Education program should interview as early as is possible in the semester prior to the one in which they plan to enroll. Transfer students should seek advisement about declaring a School of Education major as soon as they have been admitted to Hunter. 

The School of Education does not accept non-degree or second-degree students. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

Requirements to Declare the Major

  1. Minimum of at least 60 credits but no more than 90 credits completed by the first semester in the education program.
  2. A Hunter College Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
  3. Evidence of advanced writing ability through a review of English composition and writing intensive coursework.
  4. Formal declaration of a major in English.
  5. Participation in a group interview.

Academic Progress Standards

  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+, C or D in a course with fieldwork or student teaching must apply to the department chairperson for permission to re-register for that course, which may be repeated only once.
  • Any student who receives a grade of D in an education course will be required to repeat that course. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.
  • Any student who receives a grade of F in any education course will not be permitted to continue in the program.
  • Take and pass both the Educating All Students test (EAS) and the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams prior to student teaching.

Course of Study


Credits: 66

English Courses (39 Credits)


Foundational Courses

Foundational Courses include courses in English and prerequisites to these courses. These courses must be completed before embarking upon the major. Students with appropriate background may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. See department for proper placement.

Note: Several courses leading to (foundational) or within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCC], Hunter Focus, Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement

Courses CUNY Common Core Foundational or Major
ENGL 12000  English Composition (EC) Foundational
ENGL 22000 English Composition (EC) Foundational


A. Introduction to Literary Studies (3 cr)

B. Six Required Literature Courses (18 cr)

1. Three Required Courses (9 cr)

2. One course chosen from the following (3 cr):

3. One course chosen from the following (3 cr):

4. One course chosen from the following (3 cr.)

C. Required Writing Courses (6 cr)

1. Theory and Practice of Expository Writing (3 cr)

2. One course chosen from the following (3 cr.)

D. Required Language Course (3 cr)

E. Three Electives (9 cr)

Students may choose from among 300- or 400-level English courses, including, if the student is eligible, one of the Honors Seminars (ENGL 49400). It is strongly recommended that students consider choosing either a Modern/Contemporary Literature, Linguistics, Rhetoric, or Writing course to fulfill one of the Elective requirements.

All English majors also have the option to take one of their elective courses in another department. In order to do this, students must meet all of that department’s prerequisites for the course. Students with double majors may apply the course to one of those majors, but not both. For example, someone majoring in English and History who takes HIST 342.51 Britain Since 1689 may count that course toward either the English or History major, not both. Students may choose from 300-level courses in other departments and programs that is not on the list, or in another department, students must have prior written permission from an English advisor and must meet all the prerequisites for the course.



  • Eligible students may pursue English Departmental Honors by taking ENGL 49400 Honors Seminar.
  • The English Department strongly recommends that students take at least one modern or contemporary literature course.

School of Education Exit Standards

Students must meet the following criteria in order to graduate with a School of Education major or minor:

  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) anti-bullying workshop.  The DASA workshop is required for all students in a NYS certification program at the School of Education. The workshop requires six clock hours of coursework or training.

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