The MS in Instruction in Language Arts: Secondary Education Program is designed to offer professional development to classroom teachers who are interested in updating and refining their teaching competencies in the area of English Language Arts instruction at the secondary level. Graduates of this program will have updated and advanced knowledge of the theoretical foundations of literacy and language acquisition, principles of curriculum planning and development, and language arts research, as well as instructional strategies for enhancing young people’s acquisition of reading, writing, listening, and speaking competencies in culturally diverse classrooms. Throughout the program, there is an emphasis on enhancing teachers’ leadership skills in developing and implementing language arts and English curricula.

Within this program, students complete coursework in two areas:

  • a professional core composed of coursework in literacy foundations (theory and pedagogy), curriculum development, cultural diversity, assessment, media technology, and research: 18 credit hours
  • a concentration in language arts with interdisciplinary coursework in education, reading/literacy, English, linguistics, and/or speech: 18 credit hours

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • A current, valid, state teaching license
  • Eighteen (18) credit hours undergraduate or graduate coursework in English literature/composition, linguistics, TESL, and/or speech
  • Fifteen (15) credit hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in education with at least one, 3 credit hour course in the methods of teaching reading or English
  • Completed application with two letters of recommendation and official transcripts

Requirements for the degree

Course Sequence and Exit requirements: 36 credit hours

1. Professional Core
EDFN-416Cultural Pluralism And Schools3
SCED-401ENew Directions In Teaching English In The Junior And Senior High School3
ELED-430Trends And Issues In Assessment3
EDFN-442Media Technology For Educators3
LTCY-502Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades3
SCED-421LResearch In Classroom Teaching Of Language Arts3
2. Language Arts Concentration
SCED-407BTeaching Multicultural Literature In Middle And Secondary Schools Without Clinical Experience3
LTCY-506Writing Instruction In Middle & High School3
LING-401Fundamentals Of Modern Linguistics3
or TESL-402 Principles Of Linguistics For Teachers
Electives selected from areas of English Literature, Creative Writing, Composition, TESL, Linguistics or Speech 19
3. Oral Examination 2
4. Two research papers 3
Total Hours36
1

See your advisor for recommended courses.

2

A final oral exam is scheduled in the final term of completion of all coursework.

3

One is required in SCED-421L.

Note: For descriptions of the coursework and prerequisites, please see pertinent sections of this catalog.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
EDFN-416Cultural Pluralism And Schools3
LTCY-502Literacy Instruction In Content Areas In Secondary Grades3
EDFN-442Media Technology For Educators3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
SCED-401ENew Directions In Teaching English In The Junior And Senior High School3
LTCY-506Writing Instruction In Middle High School3
LING-401 or TESL 402Fundamentals Of Modern Linguistics3
 Term Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
SCED-407BTeaching Multicultural Literature In Middle And Secondary Schools Without Clinical Experience3
ELED-430Trends And Issues In Assessment3
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
2 Elective courses6
 Term Hours6
Term 3
SCED-421LResearch In Classroom Teaching Of Language Arts3
 Term Hours3
 Total Hours: 36