B.A. in English/M.S. in Adolescent and Special Education - College of Mount Saint Vincent

Department of English

Department of English

B.A. in English/M.S. in Adolescent and Special Education

Degree Requirements

In conjunction with the Department of Teacher Education, the Department of English offers a joint B.A. in English/M.S. in Adolescent and Special Education. Students interested in this program should apply through the Department of Teacher Education during their freshman year.

Students will complement their English degree with six carefully-selected teacher education courses, which will align with the College’s dual certification master’s program, enabling them to pursue the first full term of graduate coursework while on the undergraduate level.

College Core Requirements 46 credits*
English Major with a Concentration
in Secondary Education
36 credits
Major Courses 24 credits
ENGL 303 Shakespeare (3 credits)
ENGL 315 The English Tradition in Literature I (3 credits)
ENGL 316 The English Tradition in Literature II (3 credits)
ENGL 317 Introduction to Literary Interpretation (3 credits)
ENGL 334 American Literature I (3 credits)
ENGL 335 American Literature II (3 credits)
ENGL 449 Senior Writing Studio (3 credits)
ENGL 450 Coordinating Seminar (3 credits)
Writing Courses (one of the following): 3 credits
ENGL 203 Writing Workshop
ENGL 217 Advanced Writing Narrative
ENGL 219 Advanced Writing Nonfiction
ENGL 300 Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
ENGL 304 Advanced Writing: Argument
ENGL 325 Professional Writing
Three context** courses with emphasis on writing and speaking
or one context course and ENGL 296 (Language and the
Individual in Society)
9 credits

*Three core credits in the Humanities may be satisfied with Major requirements.

**Context courses with a modern or an American literature component, such as ENGL 417 (Modern Literature I), ENGL 418 (Modern Literature II), ENGL 419 (Contemporary Literature) or ENGL 336 (Major American Writers), are recommended.

Education Courses 18 credits
EDUC 211 Education and Society (3 credits)
EDUC 340 Introduction to Students with Disabilities (3 credits)
EDUC 502 Foundation of Urban and Multicultural Education (3 credits)
EDUC 506 Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity (3 credits)
EDUC 513 Psychology of Teaching and Learning* (3 credits)
EDUC 712 Strategies for Inclusion of Special Learners (3 credits)
Open Electives 20 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Please note: Students entering the Adolescent Education Certification program should consult closely with their academic and education advisors to determine selection of core courses needed to fulfill New York State Department of Education requirements for certification.

Sample Program

B.A. in English with a Concentration in Secondary Education (120 credits)

Year 1

FYE 101 The First-Year Experience 1 credit
ENGL 110 Writing in Context I (fall) 3 credits
ENGL 120 Writing in Context II (spring) 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 3 credits
Modern Language and Literature Core 6 credits
Core Courses 12 credits
TOTAL 28 credits

Year 2

Core Courses 9 credits
EDUC 211 Education and Society 3 credits
ENGL 315 The English Tradition in Literature I 3 credits
ENGL 316 The English Tradition in Literature II 3 credits
ENGL 317 Introduction to Literary Interpretation 3 credits
ENGL 334 American Literature I 3 credits
EDUC 340 Intro to Students with Disabilities 3 credits
Open Electives 6 credits
TOTAL 33 credits

Year 3

Core Courses 6 credits
ENGL XXX Context course 3 credits
ENGL XXX Context course or ENGL 296 Language and the
Individual in Society
3 credits
ENGL XXX Advanced Writing course 3 credits
ENGL 335 American Literature II 3 credits
EDUC 502 Foundation of Urban and Multicultural Education 3 credits
EDUC 506 Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity 3 credits
Open Electives 8 credits
TOTAL 32 credits

Year 4

Core Courses 3 credits
ENGL 303 Shakespeare 3 credits
ENGL 449 Senior Writing Studio 3 credits
ENGL 450 Coordinating Seminar 3 credits
ENGL XXX Context Course 3 credits
EDUC 513 Psychology of Teaching and Learning* 3 credits
EDUC 712 Strategies for Inclusion of Special Learners 3 credits
Open Electives 9 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Total Credits for B.A. in English – 120

Please view the requirements for the M.S. degree below: