Experiential Education, a requirement for all undergraduates, enables students to link classroom academics with real-world experiences. As part of Ex Ed, students participate in valuable learning and educational opportunities; this can include cooperative education, service learning, and study abroad semesters in London, Florence, Cadiz, or Sydney.
Experiential education offers you the opportunity to integrate and expand your skills as critical thinker and proficient writer and reader; bring your knowledge and ethical judgment to bear upon life situations; gain experience and develop field-related competencies; improve your ability to learn in a self-directed and self-reflective manner; enhance your understanding of different professional environments and explore career options, and reflect on personal and professional development.
In the past, English majors secured Experiential Education placements with Random House, St. Martin's Press, The Strand Theatre in Lakewood, Monmouth County SPCA, Family Promise of Monmouth County, Long Branch Public Library, and the National Geographic Society.
There are several types of Ex Ed opportunities available to English majors:
Cooperative Education - Work in an academically/career relevant position (as paid or unpaid intern or job-"shadower") under the direction of a faculty member (sponsor).
Service Learning - Work with a non-profit organization to apply what you learn in the classroom to projects that meet community needs. Complete related academic assignments under the direction of a faculty sponsor.
Experiential Education classes - Any class with the designation "course type: EX." The Department of English offers EN 384: Language and Community (Course Description: Students will learn theories and best practices of tutoring and will apply them in literacy activities in community settings. Will convene in three chronological formats: training of how to tutor, internship hours, and reflection on application of tutoring theories in the internship hours.)
Study Abroad - A semester or summer program in London, Sydney, Cadiz, or Florence, or an international experience approved by the University. Please contact the Study Abroad Office for more information.
English/Education majors satisfy the Ex Ed requirement through student teaching.
Find out more information on ways to fulfill your Experiential Education requirement and answers to frequently asked questions.
For students fulfilling Ex Ed other than through Ex Ed courses:
For more information on fulfilling the Ex Ed requirement as an English major, please check out the following resources: