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M.S.Ed. Program in English Education

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.

• Submit scores on the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST).

• 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):

ESC 522 (3) (except for those who completed ESC 422 or equivalent as undergraduates), ESC 721 (3), ESC 723 (3), ESC 724 (3), ESC 725 (3), ESC 730 (3).

• 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: ESC 788 (3).

• Master's Project (3 credits): ESC 708 (3). 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):

ESC 522 (3) (except for those who completed ESC 422 or equivalent as undergraduates), ESC 721 (3), ESC 723 (3), ESC 724 (3), ESC 725 (3), ESC 730 (3).

• 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: ESC 788 (3).

• Master's Project (3 credits): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

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

Teaching Internship, ESC 595 (2) plus ESC 611 (1) or

Student Teaching, ESC 596 (3) plus ESC 612 (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): ESC 501 (3), ESC 502 (3), ESC 529 (3), ESC 506 or the equivalent (3), ESC 522 (3).

• Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High School (9 credits): Selected from: ESC 720 (3), ESC 721 (3), ESC 722 (3), ESC 723 (3), ESC 724 (3), ESC 730 (3), or ESC 772 (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: ESC 788 (3).

• Master's Project (3 credits): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

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

Teaching Internship, ESC 595 (2) plus ESC 611 (1) or

Student Teaching, ESC 596 (3) plus ESC 612 (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): ESC 501 (3), ESC 529 (3), ESC 506 or the equivalent (3), ESC 522 (3).

• Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High School (9 credits): Selected from: ESC 720 (3), ESC 721 (3), ESC 722 (3), ESC 723 (3), ESC 724 (3), ESC 730 (3), or ESC 772 (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): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project.

• Teaching Internship (3 credits): ESC 595 (2) plus ESC 611 (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: Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), 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.

Last modified: 11/20/2014