English Education MEd

Overview

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in English Education is designed to advance the knowledge base of certified teachers. It meets national and state standards as set forth by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Students enrolled in this program will complete core coursework that helps them to expand their knowledge and abilities in areas that will allow them to stay current and at the forefront of their field. Students will collaborate with peers and instructors in areas of curriculum studies, research methods and practices, technological integrations in the field of education, and humanistic and behavioral studies with a focus on diversity and fostering multicultural classroom environments.  In addition to this coursework, students will either complete 6 hour thesis component, a 3 hour action research component, or a written comprehensive examination in their final semester of the program. Each of these options is designed to provide students with experience and application of concepts explored within the course of completing this degree.

Program Structure

The M.Ed. in English Education is designed for the professional development of practitioner teachers seeking a master’s degree. The program is flexible enough to accommodate both full-time and part-time graduate students. Most courses are offered on a 12–month cycle. Students will complete a minimum of 12 hours in the areas of (1) curriculum studies, (2) research, (3) technology, and (4) humanistic and behavioral studies. Students will complete an additional 12 hours in their area of specialization (English), and 6 - 12 hours of electives. The number of electives required is dependent on whether the individual student selects the thesis, research project, or comprehensive examination option. The 36-credit-hour requirement may be met in one of three ways:

  1. 30 hours of course work with a thesis carrying 6 credit hours;
  2. 33 hours of course work with a research project carrying 3 credit hours; or
  3. 36 hours of course work with a written comprehensive examination.

At least one half of the minimum required credit must be at or above the 7000 level, and a minimum of 21 credit hours must be taken within the School of Education.
 

Required Coursework


Curriculum Studies - 3 hrs required

EDCI 7824 (3 credit hours) Elementary School curriculum
EDCI 7825 (3 credit hours) Secondary School Curriculum
EDCI 7901 (3 credit hours) Curriculum Theory


Research - 3 hrs required

ELRC 4249 (3 credit hours) Understanding and Applying Research in Education
ELRC 4006 (3 credit hours) Introduction to Applied Statistics in Educational Settings
ELRC 7243 (4 credit hours) Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
Or approved equivalent


Technology - 3 hrs required

ELRC 4507 (3 credit hours) Computer Technology in Education
ELRC 4535 (3 credit hours) Educational Telecommunications and the Internet
ELRC 7505 (3 credit hours) Design and Development of Multimedia Instructional Units
Or approved equivalent


Humanistic and Behavioral Studies - 3 hrs required

EDCI 4800 (3 credit hours) Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom
EDCI 7904 (3 credit hours) Education and Cognition
EDCI 7106 (3 credit hours) Teaching Reading to Students of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds
Or approved equivalent


Area of Specialization - 12 hrs required

The departmental-level academic course plan will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The following courses are specific to the English area of specialization:
EDCI  7142      Studies in the Teaching of English in Secondary Schools (3 credit hours)
EDCI  7143      The Teaching of Literature in Secondary Schools (3 credit hours)
EDCI  7311      Topics in Language Arts Education ( 3 credit hours)

 

Electives - 6 - 12 hrs required

Electives may include courses outside the School of Education.  Electives are to be approved by the major advisor.

 
Suggested Semester Outline*

Semester

Course

Credits

1

EDCI 7142- Studies in the Teaching of English in Secondary Schools

3

1

Curriculum Studies Requirement

3

2

Research Requirement

3

2

Technology Requirement

3

3

Humanistic and Behavioral Studies Requirement

3

3

Elective

3

4

EDCI 7143 - The Teaching of Literature in Secondary Schools

3

4

EDCI 7311 - Topics in Language Arts Education

3

5

Area of Specialization Requirement

3

5

Elective

3

 

For the 6th semester in the suggested outline, students may either complete 2 electives (3 hours credit each) or select the thesis (6 hours) or action research project (3 hours and 1 3 hour elective) options.
 

*This is only a suggested semester outline. Students should meet with their faculty advisor prior to beginning the program and throughout the completion of the program to discussion approved equivalent courses and course options that best fit their individual schedules.

 

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For more information about graduate programs in English Education, please contact:

Dr. Jackie Bach
113D Peabody Hall
ph: 225-578-6879

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