English Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education Major (BS)


The English Major Adolescence Education Inclusive Generalist Track will allow students to prepare for CSTs in English and SWD-Generalist certification. Students will complete a program of study to teach English in grades 5-12 and Students with Disabilities as a Generalist 7-12. The program allows every student who so chooses the option of preparing for a career as an English teacher and as a Generalist special education teacher. Students in this track may pursue either the Literature or Creative Writing concentrations.

The English major is designed for students who wish to pursue a passion for reading and writing, and for those who seek a versatile education as they prepare for careers in education, law, business administration, public relations, advertising, government, or any field where analytical excellence and effective use of the English language are essential. English majors choose between a literature or creative writing concentration, where their course work is designed to develop analytical, research, and creative skills.

The Major in English Adolescence Inclusive Education Generalist Track (EAIEG) is a 126-credit program. It includes 46 credits of EDI/PRO courses and 36 credits to complete the English Major Content Core. As with all other undergraduate degrees, students in the program will have to complete 32 credits of General Education courses. Because some General Education courses also count as content core or pedagogy core, there will be room for electives. This curriculum meets the requirements for initial certification as outlined by the State Education Department for Adolescence Education (grades 5 through 12). Students will have an assigned advisor in the English department who will work closely with colleagues in the Department of Education.

Admission to the Program

Students intending to pursue the EAIEG track must meet SUNY 3.0 GPA requirements for admission as follows:

First-Year Students Criteria

  • High School GPA of a B or better or
  • High School Rank in the top 30% or
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 or
  • ACT > 24 or
  • Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Transfer Students Criteria

  • High School GPA of a B or better or
  • High School Rank in the top 30% or
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 or
  • ACT > 24 or
  • Transfer GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits or
  • Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Students must meet NYSED requirements for minimum acceptable grades during completion of the program, including grades of C or above for all Content Core and Pedagogical Core coursework. Students must re-take courses where grades have not met this minimum acceptable grade standard.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (31-40 credits)

General Education

  • Written Communication (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) [NOTE: can be fulfilled by EDI 430]
  • Natural Science & Scientific Reasoning with Lab (3 credits)
  • Math & Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Social Sciences (3 credits)
  • Humanities (3 credits)
  • US History & Civic Engagement (3 credits)
  • World History & Global Awareness (3 credits)
  • World Language (3 credits)
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (3 credits)
  • Arts (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues (3 credits)
  • Perspectives on Gender (3 credits)
  • Critical Thinking (encoded in other areas)

Content Cognates for SWD Certification

New York State Department of Education requires Inclusive Generalist teachers to take two courses in each of the following areas: English, Math, Natural Science, Social Studies, and foreign language. English Adolescence Inclusive Generalist majors at Brockport fill those requirements in the following way, overlapping as much as possible with their General Education and Content Core coursework:

  • English: cognates covered in English Content Core
  • Math: 6 credits of college level math, MTH 111+, excluding MTH 113 and 114; MTH 122 recommended
  • Natural Science: 2 courses from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Earth Science, Physics
  • Social Studies: One from HST 118: History of American Capitalism, HST 202: Modern World Seminar, HST 211: Early America Seminar, or HST 212: Modern America Seminar
  • One S-coded courses from African and African American Studies, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, or Women and Gender Studies
  • Students may also choose from the following non-S coded courses:*
    • AAS 203 Ancient Africa
    • AAS 204 African Politics and Society
    • AAS 213 African Legacy
    • AAS 215 Caribbean History
    • AAS 234 Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans:Colony, Nation, Race, Diaspora
    • HST 110 Early American Survey
    • HST 210 Early American Seminar
    • WMS 201 Little Women to Riot Grrls: Girls’ Studies
    • WMS 230 History of Women and Medicine
  • Modern language, 111 and 112 or higher

Major Department Requirements (36 credits)

Students preparing for certification in English Adolescent Education may complete either the Literature or Creative Writing concentrations in the English major. They may receive either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

  1. Up to three 200-level courses can count towards completion of the major.
  2. English 112 does not count towards the major.
  3. At least 24 credits must be in courses numbered ENG 300 to ENG 499.
  4. ENG 303 and one other 300-level course are co-requisites for all 400-level seminars. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in ENG 303.

English Literature Concentration (36 credits)

  • ENG 303: Introduction to Literary Analysis (3 credits)
  • One course in Shakespeare (3 credits)
  • ENG 397 Young Adult Literature (3 credits)

Creative Writing Concentration (36 credits)

English Adolescent Inclusive Education Pedagogy Preparation Sequence

Additional Degree Requirements

Continuation Requirements (Once Enrolled)

  • Maintain ≥ 2.0 cumulative Brockport GPA
  • Earn ≥ C in all content core (including cognates, for inclusive programs), EDI, PRO, and modern languages courses
  • Complete prerequisite course(s) before moving to the next program phase
  • Minimum grade levels apply to transfer courses. Community college advising guides are available here · Demonstrate the dispositions necessary in the teaching profession
  • Acquire and maintain an acceptable level of professional performance
  • A ≥ 2.5 cumulative Brockport GPA is required to student teach
  • Continuation in the program may be denied to any teacher candidate whose level of performance and/or dispositions do not adequately meet academic or professional standards. Decisions with respect to retention or dismissal of a teacher candidate are made by the faculty and staff of the Department of Education and Human Development, in consultation with the faculty in the Department of English, and not by any one person.
  • Students should note that admission into most graduate education programs in New York State will require a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.


Students must complete the following workshops and trainings for program completion:

Licensure & Certification

University Endorsement

Students must complete this program and submit the recommendation form to be eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York State certification. Students should consult the Brockport Certification Office for the full list of New York state requirements for certification.

New York State Initial Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective EAIGE Teacher candidates must pass the following New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) to obtain initial certification in the State of New York:

English Certification Exams

  1. Educating All Students (EAS)
  2. Content Specialty Test (CST) – English
  3. edTPA

Students with Disabilities Certification Exams

  1. Content Specialty Test (CST) – Students with Disabilities
  2. Multi-subject Secondary Teachers (7-12) Exam