Program: English, B.A.

Junior-Year Integrated (JYI) English Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential Option

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 a specific field 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 taxpayer 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. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

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 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 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.

1. Required Courses (84 units)

Fall Semester, Year 1 (12 units)

ENGL 301 Language and Linguistics (3)
ENGL 355 Writing About Literature (3)
EPC 420 Educational Psychology of Adolescence (3)
SED 511 Fundamentals of Secondary Education in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)

Spring Semester, Year 1 (15 units)

Fall Semester, Year 2 (16 units)

Choose 3 units of British Literature (Extended Study 3):

ENGL 443, ENGL 449, ENGL 452, ENGL 456, ENGL 458, ENGL 460, ENGL 461, ENGL 462, ENGL 466, ENGL 467 or ENGL 468

Spring Semester, Year 2 (15 units)

Choose 3 units American Literature (Extended Study 4):

ENGL 473, ENGL 474, ENGL 475, ENGL 476, ENGL 477 or ENGL 478

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. Apply for admission to the Credential Program.
  3. Take the CBEST examination.
  4. Apply for the Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Fall Semester, Year 3 (14 units)

ENGL 302 Introduction to Modern Grammar (3)
ENGL 429 Literature for Adolescents (3)
SED 521 Content Area Literacy and Learning in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
SED 554/S Supervised Field Experience for the Single Subject Credential (3/2)

Spring Semester, Year 3 (12 units)

ENGL 495ESM Senior Seminar in English: Multigenre Literacy in a Global Context (3)
SED 529 Teaching English Learners in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
SED 555 Supervised Practicum for the Single Subject Credential (4)
SED 555S Practicum Seminar for the Single Subject Credential (2)

2. 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, ENGL 311/ENGL 371, ENGL 355, ENGL 363/ENGL 463A/ENGL 463B, ENGL 406, ENGL 416/ENGL 417, ENGL 429, ENGL 436, 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 420.
  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).

3. General Education

English majors in the Junior-Year Integrated (JYI) option satisfy General Education requirements by completion of the major.

Total English Subject Matter Units: 45

Total Single Subject Credential Units: 36

Total Upper Division General Education Units: 3

Total Units Required for JYI English: 84


Department of English
Chair: Tim Black
Sierra Tower (ST) 708
(818) 677-3431

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English will be able to:

  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.

Students receiving a Single Subject Preliminary Credential will be able to:

  1. Engage and support all students in learning.
  2. Create and maintain effective environments for student learning.
  3. Understand and organize subject matter for student learning.
  4. Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students.
  5. Assess student learning.
  6. Develop as a professional educator.