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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.

Courses with departmental subject codes (e.g., EGL, JRN, WRT, THR) are valid for the content area for professionallicense provided they are not methods courses. In addition, Stony Brook University has found that the courses listed below have met the NYSED requirements in the past; however, this DOES NOT GUARANTEE that these courses will continue to meet this requirement in the future. When in doubt, please check with NYSED prior to registration for any course to determine its acceptability.

New York State Education Department Contact Information

Office of Teaching Initiatives
NYS Education Department (NYSED)
Albany, NY 12234
Telephone: 518.474.3901


CEC 520 Grammar Controversies: Contemporary Research and Debates*
CEE 574 Writing Across the Curriculum
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: If you have taken a course that is no longer listed above, please submit a NYSED Graduate Course Verification Form (PDF) to the appropriate academic department chairperson to verify that the course meets graduate-level content requirements (include a self-addressed stamped envelope). Once you have received the signed form, submit it to NYSED for final approval. Be sure to keep copies of all documentation and correspondence.

Because NYSED’s Office of Teaching Initiatives is the final authority, Stony Brook University cannot guarantee that NYSED will accept any particular course, even if it has been approved by an academic department. 

The information contained on this page was valid as of 8/14/2014.

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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