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Bachelor of Science in English Education

Ciara Martin



Visit the English Major and Minor page, for an overview of the degree in English Secondary Education.

For a detailed breakdown of the new requirements, including instructions on Praxis I and II, see the new BS in English with Certification Student Handbook (PDF).

The Curriculum Map is another useful tool as you prepare to complete your education. All courses for the program are available at the SCSU Catalog

Admissions to the Secondary English Education Program for Undergraduates
Bachelor of Science (BS) in English with Certification (7-12)


Declaring Interest in the Program

Students interested in teaching middle and/or high school English should declare English as their major, and then choose “secondary English education” as their concentration and program.  “Selection of Degree Program” forms are now available online through the Registrar’s web page for forms and documents:  Use the “Selection of Degree Program” form that mentions education.  Please contact one of the English department faculty members who specialize in English education to inquire about the program and preparing for the admissions process (see contact information below).

Preparing to Apply to the Program

Most students apply to the program during their sophomore or junior year, once they have successfully passed EDU 200:  Teachers, Schools, and Societies and ENG 112:  Writing Arguments, the composition requirement.  State certification regulations specify that students cannot take more than two professional education courses before they are accepted into a teacher education program.  

The Application Process

Application to the program occurs during both the fall and spring semesters.  In the fall, applications are typically due in mid-October, and in the spring they are typically due in mid-March.  The exact due date will be posted in the English hallway and emailed to all English majors.  We welcome interested students to meet with the coordinator of the program, Melissa Talhelm in Engleman D 272, to inquire about the process and due dates. 

We accept only online applications through the School of Education’s Tk20 site at, where you can upload all the necessary materials. This Quick Guide will help in your application process for TK20.

In addition to submitting the application materials, students will also interview briefly with two members of the Secondary English Education Committee during the week following the due date for the application materials.  A sign-up sheet will be posted on Dr. Talhelm’s door during the week the applications are due.  An interview will not be granted unless all application materials are complete.  We encourage students to come to the interview professionally dressed and prepared to speak about those experiences that have informed your desire to become an English teacher.

Required Admissions Materials and Criteria

1.  Official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended.

2.  The School of Education requires students to maintain a 2.7 QPR average, while the English Department requires a GPA average in all English classes of 3.0. Eligibility for acceptance into and continuing in the Secondary English Education Program depends upon these academic standards.

3.  Proof of taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test (which includes sections in reading, writing, and mathematics), the SAT, or the ACT.  Often, Banner should list your tests and scores under “Test Scores.”  This is acceptable proof. 

4.  A writing sample of academic prose (4 to 6 pages) from an English course.

5.  An essay (2 pages maximum) answering this question, “What life experiences have led you to want to become an English teacher?”

6.  Two letters of recommendation, along with the recommendation forms from the School of Education’s admission requirements website.   You may upload these letters and forms to Tk20, but since many candidates choose to sign the confidentiality waiver for recommendations, it is acceptable to have your recommenders send their letters and forms directly to Melissa Talhelm:

Recommendations can be sent directly to

Dr. Melissa Talhelm
English Department
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515


Final Words

All materials must be submitted to Tk20 by the application due date for the given semester.  Please remember to sign up for an interview for the following week.  Good luck with this important step toward your career in the classroom! 


If candidates have any questions, they should contact any of the following faculty members:

Dr. Melissa Talhelm  (program coordinator)
EN D 272
Dr. Andrew Smyth
EN D 265B
Dr. Meredith Sinclair
EN D 259