Master of Education and Teacher Preparation in Secondary English Language Arts

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You will gain research-based and practical knowledge of teaching through extensive field experience and coursework during this two-year program that is designed to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in linguistically and culturally diverse urban settings. Graduates of the program will be prepared to teach middle and high school students in grades 7-12.

This program merges the existing Master's in Language and Literacy Studies and meets the requirements for being recommended for teacher certification by the Texas Education Agency. To learn more, please contact Deborah Kelt, the program advisor. 

You will earn:

  • A master's degree (M.Ed.)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement

42 Total Minimum Hours: Master of Education with Coursework only (36 hours) with Certification (+6 hours)

Basic Course Requirements (30 hours)   

  • EDC 385G  Learning and Teaching in Urban Contexts
  • EDC 382S  Teaching Secondary School Subjects: English & Reading
  • EDC 380T  Writing Process and Pedagogy
  • EDC 385G  Second Language Acquisition
  • EDC 390T Literature for Young Adults
  • EDC 382S Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language: Secondary
  • EDC 698P Student Teaching Internship
  • EDC 385G Literacy and Social Change
  • SED 380 Inclusion, Disability, & Diversity in Secondary School Setting

Research Requirements (3 hours)  

  • EDC 380R Educational Research and Design

Electives Requirements Outside the Department  (minimum: 6 hours)

Two electives (upper-division undergraduate or graduate courses) must be taken outside of Curriculum and Instruction (course numbers may not begin with “EDC”). We recommend exploring options in the following departments: 

  • English
  • Rhetoric and Writing
  • Educational Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Educational Leadership and Policy
  • African and African Diaspora Studies
  • Mexican American Studies
  • Asian American Studies

Additional Information is available in the Graduate School Catalog.

*These programs require fieldwork in area schools, and to undertake that fieldwork, school districts require that university students each pass a criminal background check. If a student does not pass the criminal background check, she or he will be unable to complete the required work of the program, and any offer of admission will be canceled.

Certification Recommendation

Once you successfully complete all of the steps to become a teacher, including passing the relevant exams approved by the Texas Education Agency, you may be recommended for certification to the TEA by our certification officer. Be sure to reference the Certification Checklist on the Field Experiences wiki for additional information.