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Welcome to English Education!  

The English Education major at Fresno State is designed to prepare future middle and high school English teachers. Majors study literature and writing, as well as subjects related to language arts education such as drama, speech communication, and teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Majors complete core requirements and chose one Extended Studies area from the following:

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Creative Writing
  • Linguistics (Language Awareness or TESOL)
  • Literature
  • Speech
  • Theater Education

In addition to the major program requirements, General Education (GE) requirements and electives are required to fulfill the 120-unit degree. See the university catalog.

In our program, you will find a community of learners that share a passion for bringing the powerful world of literacy to others. This is an exciting time to explore a career in English Education. To make an appointment with an advisor in English Education, contact Alison Mandaville (amandaville@csufresno.edu).

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Frequently Asked Questions:

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Q: What is the difference between the English major and the English Education major?

A: In both majors, students take core courses in literature and textual analysis. Both learn to engage a wide range of authors, periods, and genres of literature deeply and skillfully. English majors extend this study of literature with additional specialized literary coursework. English Education majors take courses that explore educational contexts for the language arts, including issues in literacy, society, and communication.

Q: What is Subject Matter Competency?

Achieving Subject Matter Competency (SMC) in English Education means that you have completed a program approved by the state of California that prepares you to train and work as an English teacher in California middle or high schools. At Fresno State, the English Education major coursework combined with a final reflective portfolio process can establish Subject Matter Competency. Students with any B.A. can also choose to demonstrate SMC through the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in English.

Q: What happens after I graduate with my B.A. in English Education?

With your B.A. in English Education and established subject matter competency, you can apply to the Education Credential Program to earn a Single-Subject Credential in English. Most students complete the credential program, which involves further coursework and student teaching, in 2-3 terms. 

Q: What if I finish the major and decide teaching isn't for me? Is the English Education major only for future English teachers?

A: Although most students who major in English Education plan to become middle and high school teachers, others go on to varied careers. The skills gained through an English Education major are helpful for many jobs. Before or after you graduate, Fresno State Career Services can help you prepare for other careers.

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