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English Teaching Credential

CSUN offers the California Preliminary Single-Subject English Credential. This authorizes the teaching of the courses shown in the table below. Please refer to the CTC website for details on the examination requirements for this credential.

  • ALL middle school and high school English courses
  • Drama/theatre
  • Journalism

Program Pathways

English-Education Faculty

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown has his M.A. in Secondary Education (English Focus) from CSUN. He teaches the English methods course as well as the Computers in the Secondary Reading/Language Arts Classroom at CSUN but continues to teach high school English at Santa Clarita Christian School where he is also Academic Dean. Over the past 21 years he has had the privilege of teaching students in grades 7-12 grades. He is co-director of the Cal State Northridge Writing Project and works closely with the California Writing Project on the ISAW (Improving Student Analytical Writing) program. Matthew has published articles in English Journal and in California English.

Mira Pak

Mira Pak

Associate Professor
(818) 677-2181

Currently serving as Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Mira Pak is also an instructor for both credential and master's courses in secondary education. She has taught high school and community college levels and has served as a Literacy Coach in urban schools. Her research focuses on pre-service teacher learning, English learner literacy, and cross-content area literacy.

Kathleen Dudden Rowlands

Kathy Rowlands

(818) 677- 2556

A classroom teacher for more than twenty years, Kathleen Dudden Rowlands earned her doctorate in Composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Secondary Education. She teaches English methods, courses in the English Education MA program, and the Dissertation Seminar for the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctoral program and directs the Cal State Northridge Writing Project. In addition to a number of articles, she is the author of Opening Texts: Using Writing to Teach Literature (Heinemann, 1990) and chapters on writing instruction in What Really Works in Elementary Education and in What Really Works in Secondary Education (both Corwin, 2015).

Grace Warren

Grace Warren

Grace Warren’s responsibilities include placing English student teachers, acting as a University Supervisor and leading the English student teaching seminars. She has also taught graduate level education courses. She has a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in English from CSUN, and Secondary and Reading Specialist Credentials from CSUN. She has taught middle and high school English, journalism and creative writing in Los Angeles and in Palm Beach County, Florida for 35 years. She has been a Teacher Consultant with both the CSUN and USC Writing Projects and was Co-Director of the USC Writing Project. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to research the art and literature of the Japanese-American Internment Camps led to her collaboration with the National Park Service to create an interdisciplinary curriculum for the Manzanar National Historic Site and activities for the Manzanar Virtual Museum. Ms. Warren has also worked with secondary students on playwriting activities that incorporate the theme of disability. Her students’ plays received awards from VSA arts of Florida, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Jenn Wolfe

Jenn Wolfe

Jenn has her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies from the University of Southern California and her M.A. in Secondary English Education from Cal State Northridge. She has taught both middle and high school English as well as worked as a Literacy Coach. Jenn is also a Co-Director of the Cal State Northridge Writing Project. Her research interests include open forum discussions in secondary English, the connection between writing and discussion, and the use of art to both process and demonstrate understanding of literature.

For more information about CSUN’s English credential programs, contact Mira Pak at