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One of the most innovative undergraduate English Education programs in the nation, Syracuse University’s program emphasizes literary classics and popular writings as students pursue a dual degree from the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences in the area of English and Textual Studies. English Education majors acquire a deep understanding of the English language history, multicultural language, linguistics, composition, and speech, all the while learning the key skills and resources needed to address all learners’ needs in a changing diverse society. Particular emphasis is placed on cultural and linguistic diversity, integration of media and technology, multi-level teaching, and standards-based assessment.
Core coursework highlights curriculum development, educational leadership, and teaching methods. Sample courses include:
- Principles of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
- Methods and Curriculum in Teaching English
- Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs
- History of the English Language
- Community Outreach: Language in Action
Students enrolled in the English Education major have access to many experiential learning opportunities.
- Work with children in urban, suburban, and rural settings during extensive field placements
- Gain in-class experience teaching English in classrooms around the world through short-term study abroad programs.
- Build skills at local schools and organizations including Head Start and the Syracuse City School District
- Assist faculty in research, publishing, and editing.
Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries, with nearly half of all students going abroad during their four years. English Education students most often go abroad in London.
To make study abroad more affordable, you have the opportunity to apply for a Himan Brown Fellows scholarship, a scholarship exclusively for School of Education Students.
Life after Syracuse University
With an English Education degree you can pursue careers such as:
- English Teacher
- Textbook author
- Book Critic
Or, pursue a graduate degree in the areas of education or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.