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Integrated Undergraduate Teacher Credential Programs in English

The Four-Year Integrated (FYI) and Junior-Year Entry Integrated (JYI) Teacher Credential Programs in English are blended programs that enable students to earn a bachelor's degree in English and a single subject teaching credential as an undergraduate.

FYI-English (incoming freshmen only)

In contrast to the traditional path to becoming a secondary school teacher, where students complete their bachelor's degree in English and then take an additional 31 units of education courses, FYI integrates English and education courses into a four-year plan that gives students the knowledge and skills they need in a shorter amount of time. The Department of Secondary Education offers a sample schedule.

FYI Program highlights:

  • Work with a cohort of entering freshmen in challenging and exciting coursework.
  • Observe experienced teachers in both middle school and high school beginning freshman year, allowing you to apply what you learn in your courses to the classroom.
  • Complete two part-time student teaching assignments in middle school and high school settings.
  • Earn a bachelor's degree in English and a preliminary single subject teaching credential in English.
  • Graduate fully qualified and eligible for California teaching positions in English.

JYI-English (all other students)

In contrast to the traditional path to becoming a secondary school teacher, where students complete their bachelor's degree in English and then take an additional 31 units of education courses, the JYI program enables students with junior-level standing to complete both their bachelor's degree in English and their preliminary single subject teaching credential in as little as two years. The Department of Secondary Education offers a sample schedule.

JYI Program highlights:

  • Earn a bachelor's degree in English and a preliminary single subject teaching credential in English.
  • Observe experienced teachers in both middle school and high school beginning junior year, allowing you to apply what you learn in your courses to the classroom.
  • Complete two part-time student teaching assignments in middle school and high school settings.
  • Graduate fully qualified and eligible for California teaching positions.

Benefits of Completing the FYI or JYI Program

Academic Excellence

  • Experienced and committed faculty who are dedicated to preparing exemplary teachers.
  • Challenging classes where students can develop both strong subject matter knowledge and effective teaching skills.
  • Specialized coursework that prepares students to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.

Supportive Community

  • Specialized academic and professional advisement supports students throughout the program.
  • Pre-designed curriculum and one-on-one advisement makes choosing courses easier and reduces the risk of taking extra unnecessary courses.

Affordability

  • Financial aid and/or forgivable loans are available.
  • Integrated programs typically require fewer total units than the traditional path.

Accessibility

  • CSUN is conveniently located in the northern San Fernando Valley.
  • Easy access to the 405, 134, and 118 freeways.

Advising

Dr. Danielle Spratt
Director, FYI/JYI Program
Department of English
California State University Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8248
(818) 677-7207
danielle.spratt@csun.edu

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