English Adolescence Education Major (BS)


The English Major Adolescence Education Track leads to initial certification as a teacher of English in grades 5-12. It enables students to prepare for the English CST alone, without the requirements related to the SWD Generalist certification. 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 Education (EAE) includes 36-39 credits of EDI/PRO courses and 36 credits to complete the English major. It is designed so that students can complete the program in 120 credits, including the required 32-35 credits of General Education courses. This allows students the flexibility of taking up to 13 credits of electives. This curriculum meets the requirements for initial certification as outlined by the State Education Department for Adolescent 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 EAE 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)

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)
  • Two electives (6 credits)

Creative Writing Concentration (36 credits)

English Adolescent Inclusive Education Pedagogy Preparation Sequence


Additional Degree Requirements


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 EAIE 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

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.