English Education MEd


The Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in English Education is designed to advance the knowledge base of certified teachers. Students enrolled in this program complete core coursework that helps to expand their knowledge and abilities in areas to stay current and at the forefront of their field. Students 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. 

Program Structure

The MEd in English Education is designed for the professional development of practitioner teachers seeking a master’s degree. The program accommodates both full-time and part-time graduate students. Most courses are offered annually. Students complete a minimum of 12 hours in the areas of curriculum studies, research, technology, and humanistic and behavioral studies. Students complete an additional 12 hours in 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:

  • 30 hours of coursework and a thesis carrying 6 credit hours;
  • 33 hours of coursework and a research project carrying 3 credit hours; or
  • 36 hours of coursework and a written comprehensive examination.

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

Required Coursework

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

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

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

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

EDCI 7142 Studies in the Teaching of English in Secondary Schools (3)
EDCI 7143 The Teaching of Literature in Secondary Schools (3)
EDCI 7311 Topics in Language Arts Education (3)

The departmental-level academic course plan is developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee.

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

Suggested Semester Outline

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 discuss approved equivalent courses and course options that best fit their individual schedules.

EDCI 7142 Studies in the Teaching of English in Secondary Schools (3)
Curriculum Studies Requirement (3)

Research Requirement (3)
Technology Requirement (3)

Humanistic and Behavioral Studies Requirement (3)
Elective (3)

EDCI 7143 The Teaching of Literature in Secondary Schools (3)
EDCI 7311 Topics in Language Arts Education (3)

Area of Specialization (3)
Elective (3)

Electives (6)

Thesis (6)

Action Research Project (3) and Elective (3)




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