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Admission Requirements

Master’s Degree 

1. Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0. 

2. A minimum of 21 credits of advanced courses in British, American or World Literature written in English (no more than 3 credits of the latter). 

3. A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following (in addition to an English major): 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of high school study in the same foreign language with grades of C or better documented by high school transcript will meet this requirement); 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography); 3 credits in the arts; and 12 credits in math/science/technology (a college course in calculus meets 6 credits of this requirement).

4. Students must submit a writing sample of about 10 pages (preferably an undergraduate research paper of literary criticism).

5. Two references (preferably including at least one academic reference) to be included with the application for admission.

6. A personal statement to be completed as part of the application for admission.

Advanced Certificate

1. An undergraduate major of at least 30 credits in English and a master’s degree in the content area with a GPA of at least 3.3 from an accredited institution acceptable to Hunter College. 

2. A general education core in the liberal arts and sciences to include the following (in addition to English): 6 credits in social studies (to include at least one course in U.S. history or U.S. geography); 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of the same language in high school with a grade of “C” or better fulfills this requirement); 3 credits in the arts; and 12 credits in math/ science/ technology (a college course in calculus satisfies 6 credits of this requirement).

3. Two professional references to be included with the application for admission.

4. A personal statement to be completed as part of the application for admission.

In addition, all students in this program will be required to take the Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and submit their scores to the School of Education before they complete 12 credits of course work. A student who does not receive a passing score on the CST may be required to enroll in additional courses in English.

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