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​English Education

One of the most innovative undergraduate English education programs in the nation, this program emphasizes literary classics and popular writings as students pursue a dual degree from the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences in the area of English and textual studies.

English education majors acquire a deep understanding of the English language history, multicultural language, linguistics, composition, and speech, all the while learning the key skills needed to address all learners’ needs in a changing diverse society. Particular emphasis is placed on cultural and linguistic diversity, integration of media and technology, multi-level teaching, and standards-based assessment.

About the School of Education

The School of Education is a national leader in enhancing educational practice. A pioneer in the inclusion movement, the School of Education continues that tradition through its work to improve urban education.


Core coursework highlights curriculum development, educational leadership, and teaching methods. Sample courses include:

  • Principles of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Methods and Curriculum in Teaching English
  • Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs
  • History of the English Language
  • Community Outreach: Language in Action

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

Students enrolled in the English education major have access to many experiential learning opportunities.

  • Work with children in urban, suburban, and rural settings during extensive field placements.
  • Gain in-class experience teaching English in classrooms around the world through short-term study abroad programs.
  • Build skills at local schools and organizations including Head Start and the Syracuse City School District.
  • Assist faculty in research, publishing, and editing.

Study Abroad

Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries, with nearly half of all students going abroad during their four years. English education students most often study abroad in London.

English education majors most often go abroad to the Syracuse University London Center and to our World Partner program at the University of Queensland.

To make study abroad more affordable, apply for a Himan Brown Fellows scholarship, a scholarship exclusively for School of Education students.

Life After Syracuse University

With an English education degree you can pursue careers such as:

  • English teacher
  • Translator
  • Textbook author
  • Essayist
  • Book critic

Or pursue a graduate degree in the areas of education or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.