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English Language Arts

NYSED Content Areas: English, Linguistics, Film Writing, Communications, Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, Journalism

In general, courses offered by an English department that are considered core requirements toward a degree in English are acceptable for certification (grades 7-12) as per NYSED. For example, courses in composition, English literature, poetry, play-writing, grammar, and English linguistics are acceptable. A maximum of 6 semester hours of credit for study in related areas such as speech, drama, theater, and journalism may be allowed toward this requirement.

Stony Brook University has determined that the following recommended courses meet the NYSED guidelines for professional license in this certification content area. Courses with certain departmental subject codes (e.g., EGL, JRN, WRT, THR) may also be valid for the content area.


CEC 520 Grammar Controversies: Contemporary Research and Debates*
CEE 522 Writing and Literature: Strategies for the Language Arts Curriculum
CEE 574 Writing Across the Curriculum
CEF 533 Teaching Writing Across the Disciplines
CEG 520 American Literature and the Environment *
CEG 525 Gothic Literature*
CEG 526 Literature and Society*
CEG 537 The Immigration Experience in Literature*
CEG 560 News Literacy for Secondary School Curriculum
CEH 522 Literature of Travel *
CEI 518 Literature of American Slavery*
CEI 536 Shakespeare
CEJ 536 Death and Dying: A Literary Journey*
CEJ 552 Adolescent Literature
CEN 582 The Science in Science Fiction
CEV 506 Mythical Themes and Archetypes*
CEV 507 Analysis of Short Fiction*
CEV 508 Writing and Understanding Poetry I *
CEV 516 Themes in Science Fiction*
CEV 520 The Literature and Culture of Poker in America*
CEV 528 The Literature and Culture of Terrorism*
CEV 539 Working 9-5: Social Class & Culture in American Literature*
CEV 545 New York Stories: Literature of the Lower East Side*

*Denotes a course that is either regularly or occasionally offered online.

Note: The information contained on this page is valid as of 1/30/2014.

Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. Students should keep in mind that degree requirements are separate and distinct from requirements for teacher/administrator certification and resulting initial and/or professional licenses.  Each student is responsible for reviewing, understanding and adhering to his/her certification requirements.  For further information, visit NYSED at


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