The English Education program has received national recognition from
the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
The English Education Program at Manhattanville College prepares graduate students to work with secondary students in middle school or high school as teachers of English Language Arts in grades 5-12. A strong undergraduate background in literature and writing (a minimum of 30 credits in English) is required.
Manhattanville's program includes a study of the history, evolution and development of the English Language and its various grammars as well as Adolescent Literature. Students in the English Education program must also take courses in short fiction and drama, multicultural literature, and the teaching of writing. Courses in middle school philosophy and teaching with technology are also required.
These additional courses prepare students to teach a well rounded language arts curriculum that includes traditional literature as well as more diverse readings, language skills, and the processes and products of composition. The English Education department recognizes the intellectual and emotional components of teaching as mutually supporting. Teachers have the potential to act as the responsible adults to challenge and support the learning and well being of their students.
Grades five and six are added to the traditional secondary 7-12 because our students enjoy the flexibility that dual certification offers for the middle and high school levels.