English Education M.S.Ed. Program

This program is designed for students seeking a master's degree in English Education, grades 7-12. Upon successful completion of additional certification requirements, including specified teacher examinations, candidates will also be eligible to receive both Initial and Professional Certification to teach English in New York State in Grades 7-12. Applicants will apply to one of the 4 following sequences based on their qualifications:

Sequence 1 (30-33 crs.): Candidates already certified in English Education 7-12.

Sequence 2 (33-39 crs.): Candidates seeking initial certification in English Education 7-12 who have completed the undergraduate education minor but are not certified. 

Sequence 3 (42-45 crs): Candidates who seek initial New York State certification in English Education 7-12 but who lack any coursework in education.

Sequence 4 (36 crs): Transitional B candidates who seek initial New York State certification in English Education 7-12.

English Education Admission Requirements

  • Possess a bachelor's degree in English or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative index of 3.0 in the undergraduate record.
  • If conditionally admitted, meet conditions, starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.
  • For Sequence 1, present evidence of NYS teacher certification in English Education 7-12.
  • For Sequence 2, present evidence of meeting core requirements in educational psychology, educational foundations, literacy, technology, and special education, including supervised field experiences.
  • For Sequence 4 only, possess Transitional B certificate in Teaching English grades 7-12.
  • Evidence of having completed a course in Special Education (ESC 463 or the equivalent). Students who have not taken this course as an undergraduate must take ESC 506 as part of their graduate program.
  • Submit a 500-word essay outlining career goals.
  • Submit two to three letters of recommendation.
  • Participate in an individual interview.

English Education Degree Requirements

Students must consult with an adviser in the M.S Ed program in English Education before starting their master's program. During their first semester, matriculated students are required to plan their program with a program adviser. All students will complete one of the following sequences: Sequence 1 (30-33 crs.), Sequence 2 (33-39 crs.); Sequence 3 (42-45 credits) or Sequence 4 (33 credits).

Sequence 1 (30-33 crs.):

Candidates who are already certified in English Education 7-12.

Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High School (15-18 crs):

Credits
ESC 522Teaching English in Middle and High School

3

ESC 721Literature for Middle and High School Students

3

ESC 723Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

3

ESC 724Methods of Teaching Writing in Middle and High School

3

ESC 725Teaching English Grammar

3

ESC 730Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High School: Selected Topics

3

ESC 522: Except for those who completed ESC 422 or equivalent as undergraduates.

English Electives (9 credits):

Consult with an adviser in the English Education program for the appropriate course(s) to satisfy this requirement.

Seminar in Curriculum Theory and Development:

Credits
ESC 788Curriculum Theory and Design

3

Master's Project (3 credits):

Credits
ESC 708Project Seminar in Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in Specialized Areas

3

ESC 708: Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

Sequence 2 (33-39 crs.):

Candidates seeking initial certification who have met core education requirements.

Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High School (15-18 crs):

Credits
ESC 522Teaching English in Middle and High School

3

ESC 721Literature for Middle and High School Students

3

ESC 723Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

3

ESC 724Methods of Teaching Writing in Middle and High School

3

ESC 725Teaching English Grammar

3

ESC 730Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High School: Selected Topics

3

ESC 522: Except for those who completed ESC 422 or equivalent as undergraduates.

English Electives (9 credits):

Consult with an adviser in the English Education program for the appropriate course(s) to satisfy this requirement.

Seminar in Curriculum Theory and Development:

Credits
ESC 788Curriculum Theory and Design

3

Master's Project (3 credits):

Credits
ESC 708Project Seminar in Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in Specialized Areas

3

ESC 708: Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

Student Teaching or Teaching Internship (3-6 crs):

Teaching Internship
Credits
ESC 595Internship in Classroom Teaching

1-3

Plus

ESC 611Teaching Internship Seminar in Secondary Education

1

or
Student Teaching
Credits
ESC 596Student Teaching in the Middle and High School Grades

3

Plus

ESC 612Seminar in Secondary Student Teaching.

3

Sequence 3 (42-45 credits):

Candidates with an undergraduate degree in English or the equivalent who lack education courses and who seek initial certification in English Education grades 7-12.

Core Education (15 credits):

Credits
ESC 501Psychological Foundations of Education

3

ESC 502Historical Foundations of Education: A Multicultural Perspective

3

ESC 529Language and Literacies Acquisition in Secondary Education

3

ESC 506Special Needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings

3

ESC 522Teaching English in Middle and High School

3

ESC 506: Or the equivalent.

Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High School (9 credits):

Selected from:

Credits
ESC 720Reading and Reading Materials for Adolescents

3

ESC 721Literature for Middle and High School Students

3

ESC 722Teaching Communication Skills in the Content Areas

3

ESC 723Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

3

ESC 724Methods of Teaching Writing in Middle and High School

3

ESC 730Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High School: Selected Topics

3

ESC 772Evaluation and Assessment of Student Learning

3

English Electives (9-12 credits):

Consult with an adviser in the English Education program for the appropriate course(s) to satisfy this requirement.

Seminar in Curriculum Theory and Development:

Credits
ESC 788Curriculum Theory and Design

3

Master's Project (3 credits):

Credits
ESC 708Project Seminar in Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in Specialized Areas

3

ESC 708: Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

Student Teaching or Teaching Internship (3-6 crs):

Teaching Internship
Credits
ESC 595Internship in Classroom Teaching

1-3

Plus

ESC 611Teaching Internship Seminar in Secondary Education

1

or
Student Teaching
Credits
ESC 596Student Teaching in the Middle and High School Grades

3

Plus

ESC 612Seminar in Secondary Student Teaching.

3

Sequence 4 (36 credits):

Teachers who hold a valid Transitional B certificate in English Education grades 7-12 from New York State.

Core Education (12 credits):

Credits
ESC 501Psychological Foundations of Education

3

ESC 529Language and Literacies Acquisition in Secondary Education

3

ESC 506Special Needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings

3

ESC 522Teaching English in Middle and High School

3

ESC 506: Or the equivalent.

Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High School (9 credits):

Selected from:

Credits
ESC 720Reading and Reading Materials for Adolescents

3

ESC 721Literature for Middle and High School Students

3

ESC 722Teaching Communication Skills in the Content Areas

3

ESC 723Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

3

ESC 724Methods of Teaching Writing in Middle and High School

3

ESC 730Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High School: Selected Topics

3

ESC 772Evaluation and Assessment of Student Learning

3

English Electives (9 credits):

Consult with an adviser in the English Education program for the appropriate course(s) to satisfy this requirement.

Master's Project (3 credits):

Credits
ESC 708Project Seminar in Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in Specialized Areas

3

ESC 708: Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

Teaching Internship (3 credits):

Credits
ESC 595Internship in Classroom Teaching

1-3

Plus

ESC 611Teaching Internship Seminar in Secondary Education

1

Additional Requirements for Initial and Professional Certification in English Education 7-12.

All candidates must take the English Language Arts Content Specialty Test (CST) by the end of their second semester in the program. Candidates who do not pass the exam before completing half of their program credits may be asked to take additional English courses.

In order to be recommended for initial certification in English Education 7-12, students must: (a) complete the master's degree with a cumulative index of 3.0 or better; (b) present passing scores on the following New York State examinations: Educating All Students (EAS), Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and English CST (teachers who were certified prior to April 30, 2014, only present passing scores on the English CST); and (c) demonstrate successful completion of a liberal arts and sciences core. Please see advisor for more information.

In order to qualify for professional certification in English Education 7-12, in addition to the master's degree, teachers must complete one year of mentored, full-time teaching and two years of full-time teaching in a public or private school which serves grades 7- 12, and must meet any additional New York State requirements.

Qualified English Education 7-12 candidates may also apply to the Advanced Certificate: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL P-12), and become ESOL-certified upon successful completion of that program of study.