Guidelines for Teacher Preparation for Secondary Teachers of English: 54-60 units

Students who hope to teach English at the secondary level in California need to complete the requirements for an English major, using the following recommended course of study, which prepares candidates to take the CSET English exam. The CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers) English exam requires knowledge in four domains:

  • literature and textual analysis
  • language, linguistics, and literacy
  • composition and rhetoric
  • communications - speech, media, and creative performance

If approved, England Semester or London Mayterm courses may substitute for the courses listed below.

Literature and Textual Analysis: 32 units

  • ENG 117 Shakespeare (4)

  • Two of the following: (4)

    • ENG 046 Survey of British Literature to 1800 (4)
    • ENG 047 Survey of British Literature 1800-Present (4)
    • ENG 121 Romantic Literature 1798-1832 (4)
    • ENGLISH 99
    • ENG 122 Victorian Literature 1832-Present (4)
    • ENG 151 Milton and the Early 17th Century (4)
    • ENG 152 Chaucer and Medieval Literature (4)
    • ENG 158 Literature of the English Renaissance 1485-1600 (4)
    • ENG 166 Neoclassic Literature 1660-1798 (4)
    • ENG 170 British Novel 1700-1900 (4)

  • Two of the following: (8)

    • ENG 130 Major American Writers to 1865 (4)
    • ENG 131 Major American Writers 1865-1914 (4)
    • ENG 132 Major American Writers 1914-1945 (4)
    • ENG 133 Major American Writers: Special Topics (4)
    • ENG 135 Faulkner (4)

  • Two of the following, including ENG 134 or 160: (8)

    • ENG 044 Studies in World Literature (4)
    • ENG 134 Ethnicity and Race in American Literature (4)
    • ENG 136 Jewish-American Literature (4)
    • ENG 160 Women Writers (4)
    • ENG 165 Studies in World Literature (4)
    • ENG 182 Twentieth-Century Fiction (4)

  • One of the following: (4)

    • ENG 006 Studies in Literature (4)
    • ENG 044 Studies in World Literature (4)
    • ENG 045 Studies in Classic Literature (4)
    • ENG 181 Twentieth-Century Poetry (4)
    • ENG 185 Twentieth-Century Irish Literature (4)
    • ENG 195 Seminar (4)

  • An additional course from the options for British, American, or world literature (above)

    • Language, Linguistics, and Literacy: 8 units
    • ENG 106 Language Acquisition (4)
    • Modern/Foreign Languages (4) – a college-level course in any modern spoken
      language (e.g., Spanish, French, or German) or ancient language (e.g., Greek or
      Hebrew)
    • Composition and Rhetoric: 6-12 units
    • ENG 104 Modern Grammar and Advanced Composition (4)

  • One of the following: (2-4)

    • ENG 002 Composition (4) (unless waived by department-approved alternative)
    • ENG 090 Literary Critical Strategies (4)
    • ENG 167 Writers’ Corner (2)
    • COM 006 Messages, Meaning and Culture (4)
    • SP 100 Advanced Spanish (4)
    • Communications: Speech, Media and Creative Performance: 8 units

  • Two of the following: (8)

    • ENG 087 Introduction to Journalism (4)
    • ENG 101 Film Studies (4)
    • ENG 141 Creative Writing (4) or ENG 142 Workshop in Creative Writing
    • ENGLISH 100
    • ENG 183 Twentieth-Century Drama (4)
    • ENG 186 British and Irish Theatre [England Semester or London Mayterm] (4)
    • COM 015 Public Speaking (4)
    • COM 125 Mass Communication (4)
    • COM 140 Studies in Communication Ethics (4)
    • TA 010 Acting (4)
    • TA 020 Survey of Theatre Arts (4)

In order to complete a fifth-year Credential Program at Westmont, students should also complete eight or more units of the following prior to applying to the program:

  • KNS 156 Health Education for the Classroom Teacher (2)
  • ED 101 Explorations in Teaching (4)
  • ED 105 Perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Education (4)
  • ED 130 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (2)
  • ED 161 Computers for the Classroom Teacher: Secondary (2)

In many cases, it is possible to complete requirements for the major and the Westmont Credential Program in four years. Such a “fast-track” program requires early planning. Students wishing to complete such a program should refer to more specific advising materials available on the Education Department webpage.
All students wishing to explore secondary teaching are strongly encouraged to consult
with faculty advisors in the Department of Education as early in their undergraduate
program as possible, in addition to consulting with their major advisor.