Bachelor of Arts in English with Single Subject Matter Preparation and ITL Single Subject Credential (California)

Program Overview

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The Bachelor of Arts in English with Single Subject Matter Preparation and Inspired Teaching and Learning Preliminary Single Subject Credential provides a rigorous education preparing candidates for a career as a teacher of English at the middle and secondary school levels. The program stresses literary analysis, diversity, and critical thinking and written and oral communication skills through a rigorous curriculum of literature, composition, language and linguistics, and communication studies. Completion of the English requirements also satisfies the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements for subject matter preparation in English; students who complete the English requirements will not be required to take the CSET exam. This program also prepares teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for entry into California’s teaching profession as an English teacher. It is designed for teacher candidates who will be dedicated to inspiring all K-12 learners by ensuring for them: social emotional thriving, meaningful academic achievement, and equitable and inclusive learning communities. The Education courses meet the CTC requirements for a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential.

*Please Note: To avoid interruptions to program progress and/or financial aid arrangements, students need to satisfy/pass the Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST) and Subject Matter Competency Requirement (e.g., CSET) Prior to starting the single credential area method courses.

For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education’s Credential Information section of the catalog.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledgeably discuss major writers, works, movements, and periods of the British and American literary traditions.
  • Apply close reading skills to analyze literary and other texts.
  • Critically examine the relevance of variables of human diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality to the understanding and cultural significance of literature.
  • Apply relevant cultural and historical information in the analysis of literary texts.
  • Critically evaluate the assumptions and implications of major critical approaches to literature.
  • Analyze the significance of genre conventions to the meanings and effects of literary works.
  • Explain and defend their own criteria for evaluating works of literature.
  • Collaborate with others to develop more complicated interpretations or arguments.
  • Compose sophisticated written arguments about works of literature, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.
  • Analyze popular media texts and their effects on consumers.
  • Discuss language structures, language acquisition, linguistic diversity and the development of literacy.

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