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Program: B.A., English

Four-Year Integrated (FYI) English Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential

Program Description

The undergraduate English major (consisting of five options: Literature, Creative Writing, Subject Matter, FYI and JYI, and Honors) is designed for students who desire to concentrate in one of the different fields subsumed under the broader category of “English.” Students are required to choose one of these options at the time they declare their English major. For further information concerning the choice of options or related career opportunities for those with a B.A. in English, see an English department advisor.

The Four-Year Integrated (FYI) and Junior-Year Integrated (JYI) English Single Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential options prepare students for a career in teaching English at the middle school and/or high school level. FYI and JYI integrate English subject matter coursework, GE requirements and the coursework included in professional preparation, permitting students who successfully complete the program to earn both a B.A. in English and a Single Subject English Preliminary Credential in four years for FYI students and in as few as two years for JYI students. These programs meet the California CTC subject matter requirements for the English Single Subject Credential. For details on the Single Subject Credential Program, see the Credential and Department of Secondary Education sections in this Catalog.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department.

Program Requirements

The Four-Year Integrated English Teacher Credential Program (FYI-English) for freshmen requires that students apply and be accepted into the program. Readiness for college-level work is one prerequisite. Students admitted to the FYI Program will be assigned to a cohort in their freshman year and they, with their cohort, will complete the coursework in the designated order outlined here. FYI-English integrates English subject matter coursework and the coursework included in professional preparation. The program also includes all General Education and Title 5 coursework, permitting students who successfully complete the program to earn both a B.A. in English and a Single Subject English Preliminary Credential in four years. Note: For additional information, consult the Credential Office, the FYI-English Advisor in the Department of English or the Department of Secondary Education.

Fall Semester, Year 1 (16 units)

ENGL 115 Approaches to University Writing (3)
MATH 131 Mathematical Ideas (3) (or other GE Math)
RS 101 The Bible (3) (or other GE Arts and Humanities)
UNIV 100 Freshman Seminar (3) (GE Lifelong Learning)
Choose 3 units from the GE Natural Sciences Section (3)
Choose one GE Natural Sciences Lab (1)

Spring Semester, Year 1 (16 units)

COMS 151/L Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Lab (2/1)
ENGL 250FE Perspectives on English Studies for Teachers (3)
ENGL 258 Major English Writers I (3)
ENGL 275 Major American Writers (3)
Choose 3 units from the GE Natural Sciences Section (3)
Choose one GE Natural Sciences Lab (1)

Fall Semester, Year 2 (15 units)

AAS 201/AFRS 204/CHS 202 Race, Racism and Critical Thinking (3)
ENGL 259 Major English Writers II (3)
ENGL 355 Writing About Literature (3)
Choose 3 units from the GE Comparative Cultural Studies Section (3)

Title 5 (Requirement 1)

Spring Semester, Year 2 (15 units)

Fall Semester, Year 3 (16 units)

Spring Semester, Year 3 (15 units)

Additional Requirements for Spring Semester

Year 3 students should:
  1. Successfully complete the English Subject Matter Exit Interview with two members of the English department (see advisor).
  2. Take the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE).
  3. Apply for admission to the Credential Program.
  4. Take the CBEST examination.
  5. Apply for the Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Summer Year 3 or Prior to Year 4 Spring Semester (3 units)

Choose an additional 3 units from Title 5 (Part 2).

Fall Semester, Year 4 (16 units)

ENGL 302 Introduction to Modern Grammar (3)
ENGL 429 Literature for Adolescents (3)
SED 525EN Methods of Teaching English (3)
SED 554/554S Supervised Field Experience and Field Experience Seminar (3/1)
SPED 420 Improving the Learning of Students with Special Needs Through Differentiated Instruction and Collaboration (3)

Spring Semester, Year 4 (16 units)

ENGL 495ESM Senior Seminar in English: Multigenre Literacy in a Global Context (3)
SED 521 Content Area Literacy and Learning in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
SED 529 Teaching English Learners in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
SED 555/SED 555S Supervised Practicum and Practicum Seminar (5/2)

Additional Requirements for the FYI English Single Subject Matter Credential Program (FYI) Option

  1. Earn a grade of “C” or better and a GPA of 2.99 or higher in ENGL 250FE, ENGL 258, ENGL 259, ENGL 275, ENGL 301, ENGL 302, ENGL 355, ENGL 363, ENGL 406, ENGL 416/ENGL 417, ENGL 429, ENGL 495ESM; upper division ENGL courses; COMS 309 and TH 473/L.
  2. Maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  3. Earn a grade of “C” or better and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in AAS 417/AFRS 417/ARMN 417/CHS 417/ELPS 417; EPC 420; HSCI 466ADO; SED 511, SED 514, SED 521, SED 525EN, SED 529, SED 554SED 555; and SPED 401C.
  4. Complete a Professional Teaching Portfolio (SED 555).
  5. Develop and complete an Induction Plan (SED 555).

Total English Subject Matter Units: 54

Total Single Subject Credential Units: 36

Total Units Required for Option IV: 128


Department of English
Chair: Kent Baxter
Associate Chair: Kate Haake
Sierra Tower (ST) 708
(818) 677-3431

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate critical reading skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective writing skills.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of creative, literary, linguistic and/or rhetorical theories.
  4. Analyze British and American cultural, historical and literary texts.
  5. Analyze culturally diverse texts.

Four-Year Integrated and Junior-Year Integrated Undergraduate Option
Student Learning Outcomes

(As determined by the Department of Secondary Education.)

Single Subject Credential candidates will demonstrate proficiency in Teacher Performance Expectations within the six California Standards for the Teaching Profession:

  1. Engaging and supporting all students in learning.
  2. Creating and maintaining effective environments for student learning.
  3. Understanding and organizing subject matter for student learning.
  4. Planning instruction and designing learning experiences for all students.
  5. Assessing student learning.
  6. Developing as a professional educator.