Do you love sharing your favorite books, poems, and essays with others? Do you enjoy working with middle school and high school students? Do you want to help adolescents and teenagers hone their reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills? If so, Buffalo State College’s English Education Program might be perfect for you.
“I knew growing up that I wanted to be a teacher and Buffalo State was the only option as far as I was concerned,” said Spencer Miliotto, '18.
“I am extremely lucky to be attending Buffalo State. Other English education programs in the area don’t put students into the classrooms to observe and teach until their fourth year or later. Starting in my second year, I was in the classroom doing real lessons with real students.”
Jim Cercone, associate professor of English education, co-founded the Western New York Network of English Teachers (WNYNET) after hearing former students say they missed talking about education and sharing information with peers. “Teachers are under enormous pressure with state tests,” Cerone said. “We feel like this professional community is very important and needs to be supported by educational programs.”
Part of Buffalo State’s English Department, the bachelor’s degree program in secondary English education leads to a New York State initial certificate for teaching English in grades 7–12. The program immerses students in the study of literature and language with 39 credit hours required in the major with such courses as British Modernism, Chaucer, Early Victorian Literature, and Young Adult Literature.
What makes Buffalo State’s English education program unique? We’re glad you asked. Our English education students benefit from:
Buffalo State is committed to providing education students with plenty of hands-on experiences outside the classroom. Below are some opportunities open to English education majors.
School Placement Opportunities
Instead of internships, English education majors engage in school placements throughout Western New York under the supervision of a classroom teacher. The culminating courses vary in placement but usually include two supervised student teaching experiences. In addition, some English education majors have secured internships with the Western New York Network of English Teachers.
The English education program prepares students to teach English at the middle school or high school level. Our graduates are in high demand from school districts locally and throughout the country. Some of our graduates decide to specialize in teaching special-needs students, advanced-placement students, or international students.
If, for some reason, you decide that teaching is not for you, your skills will qualify you for the following fields, among others:
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