The English Department at SF State provides opportunities for students to study in a variety of subfields that make up the English major. Join us and become part of a racially, linguistically, and culturally diverse community of learners engaging in dialog between our histories and experiences, and new ideas and literacies.

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) English

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates

Degree Overview

English Education is a concentration within the English BA. It allows students to develop the subject-matter knowledge (known as “subject-matter competency”) required to enter credential programs to become English Language Arts teachers at the secondary level, in a middle or high school. For this reason, the program includes a wide range of courses: in literature; in the theory and practice of literacy teaching and learning; and in linguistics, composition, and communication. Students also complete 45 hours of service learning in local public schools. In addition to the 45-unit program, students choose one area of extended study (an “emphasis area”) from the following choices: Literature, Linguistics, Creative Writing, or Theater Arts. Candidates pursuing an emphasis in the latter will earn a minor in Theater Arts as well as the English Education B.A. The program culminates with students creating a digital portfolio to reflect on, synthesize, and showcase their learning.

To gain a waiver from the state exam, the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET), students need to maintain a B level grade or above in all major courses. Individuals who want to become teachers who do not fulfill the English Education concentration can establish English subject-matter competency by passing the CSET.

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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Students in the English Education concentration will achieve proficiency across English/Language Arts domains (Reading; Communications; Composition and Rhetoric; Language, Linguistics, and Literacy) as required for subject matter competency in English Education.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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San Francisco State University

Founded in 1889, SF State offers world-class academics, a diverse campus and an incredible location for students.

With around 27,000 students from all over the globe, international students find SF State a truly welcoming community and diverse place to live in.

SF State has been included in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location. It was also rated one of the most diverse colleges in America, according to Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings.