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Education MAT: English Education (With Interdisciplinary Cognates)

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An English Education Master's Degree With Interdisciplinary Options

This flexible, online Education Master of Arts in Teaching – English Education Emphasis degree is rooted in an understanding of language and literacy in the context of an English curriculum.

  • You can choose from a variety of cognate options to tailor the program to your interests, build on previous coursework, and investigate teaching challenges that you have experienced in your classroom.
  • If you already have a master's degree already, the Composition and Literary Studies Graduate Certificate option will prepare you to teach college-level English courses (read more below).

No matter which cognate you choose, you will be prepared to:

  • Link language development and literacy acquisition to English teaching and curriculum.
  • Implement new developments in teaching English to secondary students, including leaner-centered pedagogies, multi-modal literacy and multi-modal pedagogy, inquiry based curriculum, the alignment of cognition and motivation, etc.
  • Implement strategies for adapting English instruction to meet the needs of individual students including students with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Strengths of this program include:

  • Multiple options: the Courses & Requirements page details the cognate options and how you can mix and match them to suit your needs.
  • Practical teaching strategies: courses in the program offer both theory and practical teaching strategies. You will also complete an applied project that can benefit your students, your school and your career path.
  • Flexibility and convenience: you can start this online program any term, and take as many or as few courses as you like. Many students will finish in about two years, but you can finish faster or take up to five years. Most students can complete this program fully online.

Reach Your Teaching Career Goals

The primary benefit of this master's degree is the customized course of study you will build to support your teaching philosophy and your students' learning. You'll access, analyze and apply best practices from a range of topics that impact secondary classrooms (and K-12 classrooms if you choose our Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education cognate).

What challenges are you facing in the classroom? What teaching practices do you want to explore? Take your teaching to the next level with a program that you design for your needs.

Teach Dual Enrollment & College-Level English

Students who complete this master's degree via cognates #1 and #2 (see the Courses & Requirements page), or who take the Composition & Literary Studies Graduate Certificate, will fulfill the eligibility requirements for instructors of some college-level English courses. You will be eligible to teach college and university courses in English – including concurrent/dual enrollment courses (in which students earn both high school and college credit in the same course).

Get Started / Apply


Credits Required:
Master's = 30
Certificate = 18
Time to Completion:
Master's = 2 years
Certificate = 1 year
$520/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Jeri Kraver, PhD