Adolescence Education: English (7-12) Major

As you actively participate in the process of reading and writing and study how words work: how they can be shaped into literary art, organized into a lesson plan, or developed into distinct genres, from poetry to a resume, you’ll also learn how to share this love of language as a teacher of adolescents.

Career Potential

  • High school teacher
  • Middle school teacher

What Will I Learn?

You’ll take courses with our award-winning faculty in literature, professional writing and adolescence education, covering topics such as Shakespeare, world literature, rhetoric, new media and 21st century literacies.

Special Features

If you meet the requirements, you may pursue an honors program designed to stimulate independent work of a high critical and imaginative order. You may take any 400-level English class for honors credit, with approval of the instructor.

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. There are many ways to get involved: join a club, participate in the honors program or intern in a career field that interests you.

Student Clubs

Honor Societies

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society

Next Steps

Contact Us

Office: Old Main, Room 112
Phone: 607-753- 4307/4308
Fax: 607-753-5978

Fast Facts

SUNY Cortland has the largest teacher education program in the northeastern United States and the ninth largest in the country.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Credit Hours: 121


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Del Ivan Janik Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Shakespeare Studies
  • Timothy Chung ’76 Award for Excellence in American Literature
  • Robert E. Rhodes ’53 Scholarship
  • Robert E. Rhodes ’53 Award
  • Edward J. O’Heron Scholarship
  • Van Akin Burd Prize
  • Marion C. Thompson Memorial Scholarship
  • Van Akin Burd Scholarship in English

See all scholarship opportunities

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