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English BA/English Adolescence Education EdM

(HEGIS: 15.01 ENGLISH- GENERAL, CIP: 23.0101 English Language and Literature, General)

Department of English

English Department
306 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Rachel Ablow,
Professor and Chair

Walter Hakala,
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Learning And Instruction

Office of Educator Preparation
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Travis Eisele
Academic Advisor

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Why study English BA/English Adolescence Education EdM at UB?

The English Education program is an accelerated, combined degree that leads to an English BA and an English Education EdM in five years.

The coursework in the first three years of the program will provide deep knowledge of literature making students content experts. In addition, select education courses that include experiential components give students opportunity to experience the nuances of the teaching profession. The graduate portion of the program will continue to build understanding of literature as well as providing the skills to become an effective teacher. The final year in the program includes a one-year residency that allows students to co-teach alongside an expert teacher. The opportunity to experience the inner workings of the classroom from fall setup to end-of-year grading prepares students to enter the teaching profession with expertise and confidence.

At the end of the five-year program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the English BA. In addition, graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
  • Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
  • Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that include critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
  • Promote the application of research and evidence-based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
  • Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.

The Learning Environment

The central mission of the English department is to offer students a unique learning experience that features small classes, lively discussion with fellow students, and close working relationships with faculty members. In classes of every size (from large lecture courses to seminars, workshops, independent studies, and senior thesis projects), at all levels of instruction, whether in the classroom or remote, the goal of the English Department is to foster the individual growth of our students as readers and writers through critical thinking, class discussion, exploration and experimentation.

Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10 – 18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as remotely. Small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, a one-year placement as a “teacher-in-residence” will provide a comprehensive learning opportunity in a secondary education classroom setting.

About Our Facilities

The home of English Department is Clemens Hall, where students come to meet with faculty advisors and mentors during office hours. The department holds classes in spaces throughout the campus, which include traditional classrooms and lecture halls that are amenable to our program’s teaching goals.

All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are offered throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK – 12 schools.

About Our Faculty

The English department has been consistently ranked in the top thirty English departments in the United States. The faculty consists of nationally and internationally prominent scholars and writers who also take teaching very seriously, including six faculty members who have won the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching or have been made Distinguished Teaching Professors. Each semester, the department also offers courses taught by approximately 60 teaching assistants and 20 adjunct instructors.

Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the teaching profession, influencing schools and communities. Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research in environments that promote examination of teaching and learning across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the English department website and Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be well equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as in government agencies.

Academic Advising

All new English majors are invited to schedule a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss in more detail both the requirements of the major and their individual course of study.

Students normally complete or are waived from the university general education/UBC writing skills requirement before registering for courses numbered 200 and above. However, English majors may be simultaneously enrolled in the university’s writing requirement courses while taking their first courses in the English department. Within the parameters of our general course descriptions (e.g. “Studies in the Novel”), instructors choose authors, texts, topics and approaches that suit their interests and expertise.

Students considering an English education major are encouraged to talk with the undergraduate director at 716-645-3419 and the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at 716-645-0578 at the earliest opportunity. GSE advisement meetings can be scheduled face-to-face and via SKYPE or Facetime.

Academic Advising Contact Information

To schedule an appointment with the director of undergraduate studies, please call the English Undergraduate office, 716-645-2579, or visit us in 303 Clemens Hall. To schedule an appointment with the Education Academic Advisor, call Travis Eisele, 716-645-0587 or email

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:55