2018-2019 Catalog

Subject Matter Preparation Program in English (53 units)

NOTE: The following information applies only to students admitted prior to Fall 2009.  Students admitted in Fall 2009 and after who plan to complete the Subject Matter Preparation Program in English should consult the English: English Education option requirements.

The Subject Matter Preparation Program in English is designed for students interested in a career in teaching English at the secondary school level. This program satisfies the requirements set by the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing for demonstrating substantive preparation in the subject matter field of English. Completion of this approved program or passing a comprehensive examination in English fulfills one part of the requirements leading to the Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. While the Subject Matter Preparation Program in English is not itself an academic major, the program can become a major with the addition of course work that would bring the unit count to that of the major in English (Literature option). Students interested in pursuing a teaching career at the secondary level should meet regularly with their departmental advisors.

This program requires completion of a core of 36 upper division units selected from the following list and 15 upper division units in one of the following areas: Communications, Literature, the Teaching of English as a Second Language, or Theater Arts.

Lower Division Core Requirements (6 units)

The following courses must be completed prior to taking upper division courses:

ENG 110Freshman Composition I

3

ENG 111Freshman Composition II

3

Upper Division Core Requirements (38 units)

1.  Composition (6 units):

ENG 350Advanced Composition

3

Select one course from the following:

ENG 451Advanced Creative Writing

3

ENG 457 Advanced Composition for Teachers

3

2.  Language/Linguistics (6 units):

ENG 314English Syntax: Traditional

3

ENG 487Introduction to Second-Language Learning and Teaching

3

3.  Literature (24 units)

Required Courses (15 units):

ENG 307 Practice in Literary Criticism

3

ENG 325Poetry

3

ENG 335Readings in World Literature

3

ENG 467Shakespeare

3

ENG 485Literary, Media and Culture Studies

3

Select one course from the following (3 units):

ENG 302English Literature to 1642

3

ENG 303English Literature: 1642-1832

3

ENG 304English Literature: 1832-Present

3

Select one course from the following (3 units):

ENG 340American Literature to 1865

3

ENG 341American Literature: 1865-Present

3

Select one course from the following (3 units):

ENG 345Latino/a Literature

3

ENG 347Literature of Ethnicity and Gender

3

4.  Field Experience (2 units)

UNV 300Early Field Experience

2

Note: UNV 300 should be taken concurrently with either ENG 485 (3) or ENG 487 (3).  UNV 300 combines weekly meetings with 45 hours of fieldwork observation.  Upon enrolling in UNV 300, students should contact the Center for Teaching Careers immediately at (310) 243-2663.

5.  In addition to the courses listed above, students must also complete the following requirements on assessment of subject matter competence:

  • SMPP students graduating in Spring 2010 and after are required by the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing to complete UNV 300 (2), Early Field Experience.  This class combines weekly meetings with 45 hours of fieldwork observation.  Upon enrolling in UNV 300, students should contact the Center for Teaching Careers immediately (310-243-2663); (WH A-340).
  • Submission of a portfolio of their assignments in literature, composition, and language and linguistics and from their option and a self-reflective essay of 3-4 pages.
  • An interview with a panel of faculty members from the English Department.  This panel will certify completion of the Subject-Matter Preparation Program in English.
  • Additional information on assessment of subject-matter competence is available in the English Department Office.
  • In addition to the core requirements listed above, one of the following options must also be completed: Communications, Literature, TESL, or Theatre Arts.

Communications Option (15 units)

Courses

COM 250Newswriting For Media

3

COM 302Law Of The Mass Media

3

COM 352Feature and Critical Writing

3

COM 358Communication Graphics

3

COM 220Screenwriting I

3

Literature Option (15 units)

Required Courses (9 units):

ENG 306Backgrounds of Western Literature

3

ENG 326Prose Fiction

3

ENG 327Drama

3

Select one course from the following not previously selected to satisfy the core requirements (3 units):

ENG 302English Literature to 1642

3

ENG 303English Literature: 1642-1832

3

ENG 304English Literature: 1832-Present

3

Select the course from the following not previously selected to satisfy the core requirements (3 units):

ENG 340American Literature to 1865

3

ENG 341American Literature: 1865-Present

3

Teaching of English as a Second Language Option (15 units)

Required Courses:

ENG 310Study of Language

3

ENG 317Sociolinguistics: Black English

3

ENG 420Linguistic Analysis

3

ENG 486Studies in Language and Literature (TESL)

3

ENG 492Seminar in Linguistics

3

Theater Arts Option (15 units)

Required Courses (12 units):

THE 322Oral Interpretation of Literature

3

THE 337Creative Dramatics

3

THE 353Playwriting

3

THE 374Stage Directing

3

Select one course from the following (3 units):

THE 355World Theatre and Drama I

3

THE 357World Theatre and Drama II

3