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English Department Post-Baccalaureate


Prospective students applying for admission for the M.A. program, or the M.S. program, should make an appointment with the graduate coordinator, Nicole Fluhr, at (203) 392-6739 or

Note: Although the department has rolling admissions throughout the year, including the summer, candidates are encouraged to apply by May 1 for the fall semester and by December 1 for the spring semester to guarantee admission for that semester. Prospective degree candidates may, however, register as part-time non-matriculated students in up to two graduate courses per semester. Up to nine credits coursework, taken as a non-matriculated student, may be applied toward the degree.


(leading to certification to teach English in Grades 7-12)

To be eligible to apply, students need 30 credits of undergraduate English coursework, only six of which (two courses’ worth) may be from writing classes. (We do work with students who don’t yet meet this requirement but would like to take additional undergraduate English classes to achieve eligibility, either at SCSU as non-matriculated students or elsewhere.)


    Courses in the English Department
  • ENG 492 - Teaching Literature to Adolescents - (Methods 1)
  • ENG 493 - English (Secondary School) - (Methods 2)
  • ENG 494 - Student Teaching - English
  • ENG 496- Student Teaching Seminar - English
    Courses outside the English Department
  • EDU 200 - Intro to Schools
  • SHE 203 - School Health
  • EDU 316 - Child Development & Psychology for Educators
  • EDU 413 - Intro to Secondary Teaching
  • EDU 471 - English Language Learners in the Classroom
  • SED 482 - Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom
  • RDG 517 - Content Area Literacy
    Requirements that must be met during the program if they haven't been met prior to entering it
  • ENG 312 – Applied Linguistics
  • ENG 415 – History of the English Language
  • A survey course in American History

For most of our students, coursework for certification takes 3 semesters; then, student teaching is a full, dedicated semester, during which they do not take other courses apart from a companion student teaching seminar (ENG 494 & ENG 496). Thus, the majority of our students complete their certification in two years—though a few can finish it sooner, by taking courses over the summer.

Unlike a master’s program, there is no minimum number of required credits for certification, so if incoming students have already taken one or more of these courses (or a version of them that covers the same material elsewhere) and have the syllabi to demonstrate this, then they may not have to take that course or courses here (though all students must take their methods courses, ENG 492 and ENG 493, here with us).

Students who are interested in earning a master’s degree in English will find it easy to transition into our M.A. or M.S. programs in English, which they can apply to in their final (student teaching) semester. Moreover, students who earn their post-bac with us at SCSU may count two of their post-bac courses toward a master’s in English earned at SCSU.

Application Materials

    (further information forthcoming, including using TK20 to apply to the School of Education)
  • a statement of purpose explaining why you wish to teach at the secondary level and what led you to this decision.
  • a 5-page writing sample of non-fiction, academic prose (ideally written for an English literature class).
  • three letters of recommendation (ideally written by English professors who taught you in a class), accompanied by these forms from the School of Education.
  • all official transcripts listed on your application (students who did undergraduate coursework at SCSU do not need to submit SCSU transcripts).
  • SAT, ACT, GRE, or Praxis I scores, or a waiver letter (students who did undergraduate coursework at SCSU should have SAT scores on file and do not need to submit them again).