As an English-Adolescence Education major at the College of Saint Rose you will learn to share your passion for literature, writing, and performing with the next generation of secondary school students.

English-Adolescence Education majors add a sequence of education courses to their coursework across the history of English studies— from Renaissance drama to the Harlem Renaissance, from medieval epic to twenty-first century literature. Students find their voices in a variety of small classes taught by accomplished faculty, among them award-winning poets, scholars, and novelists. Our professors are dedicated teachers who actively involve students in their research and writing projects. Students who successfully complete the program will have initial certification to teach English in middle and high schools, and our English-Adolescence Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE ). Teacher preparation at Saint Rose culminates in a semester of student teaching.

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English Courses

Literature/Theory

Our literature courses focus on a wide range of cultures and ethnicities, such as American, African-American, Asian-American, English, Irish, postcolonial, and African. We also offer courses in literary theory, film theory, and the study of specific genres. Our courses span time periods from the earliest world literature, to medieval and renaissance Europe, to contemporary works in all genres. All English-Adolescence Education majors take ENG 112 Introduction to Literary Studies, two 200-level literature courses, and three 300-level literature classes as well as a course in literary theory/criticism. Students finish with a capstone seminar in which they research and write a paper under the mentorship of a full-time faculty member.

Creative/Expository Writing

Our writing courses run the gamut of all genres–including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playscript, screenplay, and new media writing. All students take ENG 105 Expository Writing, Oral Communication, and Research, one 200-level writing course that combines creative writing and pedagogy, and one 300-level writing course focusing on one genre. Students who wish to may then complete a senior writing project under the mentorship of a full-time faculty member.

Drama/Performance

English-Adolescence Education majors choose from a range of acting courses, theatre arts, history of drama, and oral interpretation of literature. Students interested in learning about production may also take ENG 290 Drama Production and Performance. Students may also choose to perform in or help to produce a campus drama production as part of their preparation to be English teachers.

Film/New Media

Students have courses in film theory and specific genres, such as horror and teen film, as well as writing courses in film and new media and screen writing to choose from to help them develop the visual, digital, and media literacy essential to secondary school teaching.

Education Courses and Student Teaching

In addition to their English coursework, English-Adolescence Education majors will add a sequence of education courses in all aspects of teacher preparation that will culminate in a semester of student teaching. Our English-Adolescence Education program is accredited by NCATE (the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). Students who successfully complete the program will have initial certification to teach English in middle and high schools.

Senior Seminar and English-Adolescence Education Portfolio

English-Adolescence Education majors complete their English requirements through a Senior Seminar. This course provides students with the opportunity to research and prepare a substantial literary research paper. Students also submit assignments to fulfill their English-Adolescence Education Portfolio requirements in the same semester in which they complete their English Senior Seminar.