Why This Program

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Why the Master's in English Education Program? 

Join an innovative, online graduate program for licensed secondary (middle and high school) English language arts teachers that offers 

A Pedagogical Focus on Equitablem Inclusive ELA Teaching 

Deepen your efforts to purposefully foster inclusive and equitable English language arts (ELA) instruction and classroom communities that open opportunities for all students' literacy learning. 

Join nationally recognized faculty to experience the kinds of equitable, inclusive pedagogy you'll be invited to apply to your classroom instruction. 

Flexible Scheduling 

Take advantage of synchronous, online coursework to fit your full-time teaching schedule during the school year and summer. 

Tailored Coursework 

Benefit from coursework responds to the unique learning goals and interests of practicing English language arts teachers who teach diverse learners in secondary schools. Work with the program coordinator to design a plan of study that best fits your timeline and professional goals. 

34 total credits 

5 Core Courses (15 credits) 

Core required classes scaffold your ability to explore an area of specialized inquiry that emerges from your teaching practice and context. You'll develop, conduct, and disseminate your findings from a teacher action research study that strengthens your equitable, inclusive instruction. Gather suppport for you research process through enrollment in the follow courses: 

ENG 435 Critical Conversations in the Teaching of English(3 c.) 

ENG 436 Foundations of Socially Just English Language Arts Instruction for Diverse Learners(3 c.) 

ENG 437 Teacher Action Research Methods(3 c.) 

ENG 438 Assessing and Analyzing Diverse Student Literacy Data(3 c.) 

ENG 494 English Teacher Advocacy in Action(3 c.) 

5 Elective Courses (15 credits) 

Stengthen your disciplinary knowledge through five elective courses that enable you to choose from courses in various subfields of English studies, including but not limited to composition, creative writing, English education, linguistics, literature, publishing studies, rhetoric, teaching English language learners (ELL) or TESOL, as well as young adult and children's literature. 

Thesis Credits (4 credits) 

Experience individualized mentorship with English education and studies faculty as you 

Possibilities for Using Coursework to Prepare for Dual Enrollment Teaching 

Tailor courses to fulfill the requirements for dual enrollment teaching at your school and its partnering college or university. 

Collaborative Community 

Join ELA teacher colleagues as you support one another's learning and research in your journey together. Colleagues' diverse perspectives, feedback, knowledges, identities, and questions will enhance your learning experience. 

Come together with program faculty and colleagues for a required, in-person annual summer retreat for a rich opportunity to gather, build communit, co-construct new understandings, explore shared learning in the company of a leading English education scholar, and launch shared coursework. 

Questions? 

If you have questions about the program, please contact our Program Coordinator: 

Dr. Danielle Lillge 

dmlillg@ilstu.edu