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Adolescence Education: English (7-12) [AEN] (Major)

The major in the English Department leads to New York state certification to teach English in grades 7-12. The bachelor of arts requires proficiency in a foreign language.

Career Potential

  • High school teacher
  • Middle school teacher

A. Required Content Courses: 33 credit hours
  • ENG 203 - Introduction to Poetry (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 307 - New Media Literacies and ELA (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 325 - American Literature Before 1900 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 326 - American Literature Since 1900 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 355 - Major Figures in British Literature to 1780 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 356 - Major Figures in British Literature 1780-Present (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 374 - Literature for Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 407 - Study of English Language (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 433 - Shakespeare (3 cr. hr.)
Choose one additional course in literature before 1800
  • ENG 431 - Arthurian Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 432 - Topics in Medieval Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 438 - Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 440 - The Age of Satire (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 442 - Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama (3 cr. hr.)
Choose one elective in ethnic or multicultural literature
  • ENG 251 - Introduction to African-American Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 252 - Introduction to Modern American Multicultural Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 256 - Introduction to American Indian Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 261 - Introduction to Women in Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 352 - Early African-American Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 421 - African-American Autobiography (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 422 - American Women Writers (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 423 - Post-1945 American Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 425 - African-American Women Novelists (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 475 - American Multicultural Literature (3 cr. hr.)
B. Required Professional Courses: 45-46 credit hours
  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR) workshop (no credit)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshop (no credit)
  • AED 308 - Grammar and the Writing Process (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 309 - Participant-Observer Experience: Writing Process (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 341 - Introduction to English Language Arts (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 376 - Student Teaching in English in the Middle School (6 cr. hr.)
  • AED 377 - Student Teaching in English in the High School (6 cr. hr.)
  • AED 378 - Student Teaching Colloquia (1 cr. hr.)
  • AED 408 - Teaching Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 409 - Participant-Observer Experience: Teaching Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 441 - Methods of Teaching Literature and Critical Literacy (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 471 - Foundations of Modern Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.) or
  • HLH 510 - ProSeminar in Health Foundations (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
Total number of program credit hours: 78-79
C. AEN Coding Policy

Students will be coded as AENW until they have achieved an institutional 2.75 overall grade point average or better and have completed all of the following course work:

  • ENG 203
  • Three out of the four survey courses (ENG 325, 326, 355, 356)
  • All but one or two GE courses
  • The foreign language requirement
  • PSY 101
  • HLH 110 or 199

When eligible, students need to apply to the director of adolescence education: English (7-12) for candidacy.

Because the AEN code is required before students will be admitted into the junior year courses with attached fieldwork, transfer students coming in with junior status who have not completed the above requirements will begin AED courses in the fall semester of their senior year and must student teach in the fall semester thereafter for a December degree.

D. 100 Hours Early/Pre-Student Teaching Fieldwork Policy

Candidates must have achieved a 2.75 or better overall grade point average by the end of the semester prior to the junior year. Students failing to meet this standard are ineligible to take junior-year courses with attached early fieldwork. Students who fall below a 2.75 grade point average while registered for any AED courses will automatically be de-registered from those courses. In such a case, the registrar will maintain the student at his or her original level of registered credits, but the student is responsible with the help of an advisor to re-register for appropriate substitute courses before the close of that semester??s billing cycle.

Candidates acquire 50 hours of early fieldwork in conjunction with each of the following courses:

  • AED 309 - Participant-Observer Experience: Writing Process (3 cr. hr.)
  • taken in conjunction with AED 308
  • AED 409 - Participant-Observer Experience: Teaching Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • taken in conjunction with AED 408
    An unsatisfactory external evaluation for either field experience course (AED 309 or AED 409) may result in termination from the program. Students who do not receive at least one acceptable evaluation from their host teacher for AED 309 or AED 409 will not be permitted to student teach.
E. Student Teaching Policy

To be eligible for the professional semester, which is offered for undergraduates only in the fall (unless granted departmental approval), students must complete the following requirements:

  • 21 hours of English, including ENG 203, three of the four survey courses (325, 326, 355, 356), 374 and 433.
  • PSY 101; PSY 232 or 332; HLH 110, 199, or 510; AED 308, 309, 408, 409, 341, 441 and the Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (C.A.R.R.) workshop.

Required grade point average: Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all courses to be able to student teach during fall of senior year. Students must meet all requirements for eligibility to student teach by the end of the semester prior to the semester they are scheduled to student teach. Additional work in summer school or independent study cannot be used to remedy deficiencies. Students with incompletes at the end of the semester prior to student teaching will be ineligible to student teach. If they meet all requirements at the end of the next semester, they can reapply for eligibility and be put on a waiting list to student teach.

F. Departmental Policy on Retaking Required Courses
Students may retake no more than two required courses. They may retake these courses only once.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124-128

Example of the B.A. in Adolescence Education: English (7-12) over four years

Note: All ENG and AED courses listed below are required. AED courses are offered only in the semester indicated.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-18

GE 4 U.S. History and Society
GE 5 Western Civilization
GE 6 Contrasting Cultures
GE 9 Foreign language or other GE course

  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16

GE 1 - Quantitative Skills
Foreign language or other GE course *

  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.) GE 3 - Social Science
  • ENG 203 - Introduction to Poetry (3 cr. hr.) GE 7 - Humanities
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16

GE 2 or 13 Natural Science
GE 8 The Arts
Foreign language or GE course *

  • ENG 325 - American Literature Before 1900 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 355 - Major Figures in British Literature to 1780 (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 18-19

GE 2 or 13 Natural Science
Foreign language or GE course *

  • ENG 326 - American Literature Since 1900 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 356 - Major Figures in British Literature 1780-Present (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.) or
  • HLH 510 - ProSeminar in Health Foundations (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year

Prerequisite for third-year courses: 2.75 grade point average

Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • AED 308 - Grammar and the Writing Process (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 309 - Participant-Observer Experience: Writing Process (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 341 - Introduction to English Language Arts (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 374 - Literature for Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 433 - Shakespeare (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • AED 408 - Teaching Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 409 - Participant-Observer Experience: Teaching Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 441 - Methods of Teaching Literature and Critical Literacy (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 307 - New Media Literacies and ELA (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
    Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR) workshop
    Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshop
Fourth Year

Prerequisite for student teaching: 2.75 grade point average.

Fall Total credit hours: 13
  • AED 376 - Student Teaching in English in the Middle School (6 cr. hr.)
  • AED 377 - Student Teaching in English in the High School (6 cr. hr.)
  • AED 378 - Student Teaching Colloquia (1 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 18

GE 12 Science, Technology, Values and Society
ENG 4__ course in literature before 1800
ENG elective in ethnic or multicultural literature
EDU 471 - Foundations of Modern Education (3 cr. hr.)
ENG 407 - Study of English Language (3 cr. hr.)
GE 11- Prejudice and Discrimination*

  • The following are recommended:

  • ENG 252 - Introduction to Modern American Multicultural Literature (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ENG 254 - Introduction to American Working-Class Literature (3 cr. hr.) or
  • FSA 103 - Gender, Race and Class Issues in Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • * A free elective or additional GE or lighter load may be chosen if the foreign language requirement has already been satisfied, keeping in mind the need to accumulate a minimum of 124 hours in order to graduate.

Credit hours required for the B.A. [AEN]: 124-128

Final grade point average must be 2.75 or better