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English Education (Grades 7-12), M.S.

The M.S. program in English Education prepares graduates to be effective and engaging educators, fostering a love of writing, reading, English literature, and the language arts in their students.

This program from the Department of Reading and Language Arts prepares students with an English or literature background to teach in secondary education settings. You’ll deepen your knowledge of English content while developing skills in integration of media and technology, multi-level teaching, and standards-based assessment, all with an emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity. This program aligns with the professional standards of the National Council for Teachers of English, and meets the academic requirements for initial and professional New York State teacher certification in English Language Arts (grades 7-12).

Why English Education at Syracuse University?

  • Complete your degree in one calendar year – no teaching experience or certification needed!
  • Learn to design inclusive, culturally relevant pedagogy for all students.
  • Take classes with full time, tenured and tenure-track faculty who are deeply involved in educational theory, research, and leadership in the field of English education.
  • Pursue intensive field placements during three consecutive semesters in a middle or high school setting, providing rich teaching experiences with youth from diverse backgrounds.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs around the world. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • Small student cohorts and a highly engaged alumni network help establish strong professional relationship with faculty and peers.

Our graduates are in middle grade and high/secondary schools across the US and internationally including England, Thailand, and Japan, in roles such as:

  • English and writing teachers
  • Teacher leaders, department chairs, or school administrators
  • Media, communications, and literacy professionals

Interested students with existing initial certification in English (Grades 7-12) should consider our M.S. programs in Literacy Education, Teaching English Language Learners, or Teaching and Curriculum.

Program Contacts

Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
kpchandl@syr.edu|315.443.5183
Kelly Chandler-Olcott
Cleopatra Benitez, Office Coordinator
clbenite@syr.edu|315.443.4755
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505