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Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

English with License (5-12), B.S.

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English with License (5-12)

Aruna Krishnamurthy    
Professors Associate Professors Assistant Professors
Steven Edwards DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld Jennie Snow
Lisa Gim Katharine Covino-Poutasse Collin Syfert
Michael Hoberman Wendy Keyser Wafa Unus
Aruna Krishnamurthy Diego Ubiera  
Frank Mabee Heather Urbanski  
Irene Martyniuk    
Benjamin Railton    
Elisabet Takehana    
Kisha Tracy    

Objectives for the Program in English Studies

Through a variety of specialized programs, English majors can obtain a bachelor of arts English-Literature, bachelor of arts English-Professional Writing, bachelor of arts English- Initial Licensure, and bachelor of science English-Literature, bachelor of science English-Professional Writing, bachelor of science English-Initial Licensure.

The English Studies program offers students a) knowledge of the broad field of literature in English, b) in-depth knowledge of its diverse aspects, c) the reading, writing, and research tools for exploring the field and its boundaries, and d) ample opportunity for hands-on experience in related fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

5-12 Initial Licensure in English Concentration Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to communicate and reflect on their pedagogical philosophy and practice in teaching 5-12 English.
  • Students will be able to develop curricula and lesson plans for 5-12 English.
  • Students will be able to develop subject matter expertise for teaching literature in the 5-12 classroom.
  • Students will be able to receive initial licensure in 5-12 English.

Requirements for the Major in English Studies

Approaches to English Studies (ENGL 2999 ) provides an introduction to the discipline. All English majors must satisfactorily complete the course by the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students must take ENGL 2999  during their first year at the university, unless exempted by the department chair, based on evaluation of transfer course work. English majors in all concentrations must fulfill common core requirements, including the Senior Capstone. See individual tracks for specific requirements in addition to the above.

  • A course in speech or performance fulfills the speaking and listening requirement, where applicable.

Core Courses for all English Studies Concentrations

All English Majors are required to take 21 credits from the following courses:

  • ENGL 2999   Approaches to English Studies 3 cr. (MAJ Diverse Perspectives)

Three Literature Surveys 9 cr.

One Upper Level Literature: 4000 Level 3 cr.

One Upper Level Writing Intensive 3 cr.

Capstone 3 cr.

Required Courses in Literature

English with Licensure (5-12)

Students within our English major can pursue initial licensure as a middle and high school (5-12) English teacher. This program provides students with both a broad introduction to middle and high school teaching and specific instruction in the theory, research, and practice of middle and secondary English teaching. Throughout the program, students engage in field-based experiences in the school setting supervised by our faculty, culminating in a formal teaching practicum.

Candidates for initial teacher licensure must pass stage reviews to gain formal admission to the program, including GPA requirements and successful completion of Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTELs). Students will complete the middle and secondary education minor as part of their initial licensure concentration. A practicum in a local middle or secondary school is the final step towards licensure, as required.

This program is accredited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and boasts graduates working in middle and high schools throughout the region.

Required Courses in English for Licensure

  • One Professional Writing Elective 3 cr.

Required General Education Courses

SPCH (World Languages, Speaking and Listening)

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