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Program: B.A., English

Junior-Year Integrated (JYI) 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.

Four-Year Integrated (FYI) and Junior-Year Integrated (JYI) English Single Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential option prepares 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

JYI-English begins in the junior year for students who apply and are accepted into the program. This program integrates undergraduate subject matter knowledge with professional credential preparation content and experiences, and it leads to both the B.A. in English and the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in English. For admission, students must be juniors who have completed the lower division General Education requirements, including Title 5 parts 1 and 2 (including AFRS 161 or CHS 260 or POLS 155) and the lower division core of the English Subject Matter option major.

Applications are necessary to both the University and, prior to the student’s penultimate semester in the program, to the Credential Program. Students will be responsible for successfully completing the English Subject Matter Exit Interview and the CSUN Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) and for meeting the basic skills requirement (generally, passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test). Paralleling the FYI-English Program, the JYI-English option requires students to complete the Extended Study requirement in Literature. Students considering the JYI-English Program should seek advisement as soon as possible for guidance in meeting admission and program requirements.


Courses Required Prior to SED 554/554S

Required Prior to or Concurrent with SED 554/554S

Required Prior to SED 555/555S

SED 554/554S Supervised Field Experience and Field Experience Seminar (3/1)

Required Prior to or Concurrent with SED 555/555S

Courses Required for Program Completion

SED 514 Computers in Instruction (3)
HSCI 466ADO Health Concerns of Adolescents (1)
SED 555/SED 555S Supervised Practicum and Practicum Seminar (5/2)

*Course counts as upper division GE.

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

Students should:

  1. Earn a grade of “C” or better and maintain a GPA of 2.99 in: COMS 309; ENGL 250FE, ENGL 301, ENGL 302 and ENGL 311 or ENGL 371, ENGL 355, ENGL 363, ENGL 406 and ENGL 416 or ENGL 417, ENGL 429, ENGL 436 and ENGL 438; ENGL 495ESM; TH 473/L; and upper division Extended Study in English.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” or better and a GPA of 3.0 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.
  3. Maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or above.
  4. Apply for admission to the Credential Program prior to Fall of the junior year or as per advisement.
  5. Successfully complete the English Subject Matter Culminating Interview.
  6. Complete the Professional Teaching Portfolio (Teaching Performance Assessment) (SED 555).
  7. Develop and complete an Individual Induction Plan (SED 555).

Total English Subject Matter Units: 45

Total Single Subject Credential Units: 36

Total Units Required for JYI English Option V: 81


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.