MASTER OF ARTS (34 AND 38 CREDITS)
An English teacher creates hospitable contexts and promising opportunities for students to develop as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners, and in the cultural knowledge and critical thinking processes that nourish and refine the arts of language. Classroom teachers of English must therefore possess a deep understanding of the contexts and conditions that foster the development of the arts of language, and they must be accomplished practitioners of those arts in their own intellectual and creative lives. Effective teachers must also be keen and responsive readers of their students as learners and of the obstacles that might obstruct learning in classrooms. English teachers must, therefore, function as exemplary learners in their own classrooms and commit to developing themselves as reflective, flexible, and professionally well-informed practitioners who can accommodate their instruction to serve the needs of a diverse population of students.
The M.A. programs in the Teaching of English at Teachers College are designed to prepare pre-service and in-service teachers for productive careers as exemplary instructors and leaders for the profession of English both regionally and nationally. Our programs seek a balance between strengthening and refining the disciplinary knowledge and practices of our M.A. students on the one hand, while preparing them for the pedagogical application of their knowledge in their professional practice as classroom English teachers. Our course offerings, therefore, include a range of courses in literature, literary theory, rhetoric, and writing, along with a constellation of courses that focus on curriculum development, assessment, and instructional practices directly relevant to the everyday challenges of teaching English in grades 7-12. Our programs are unique in the degree to which they are focused on preparing our graduates to serve as cutting-edge experts in pedagogy for the English classroom, while building that expertise on their continuing study of the target disciplines of literature, composition, and the range of traditional and newer multi-literacies that define the changing field of English studies.
The Teaching of English Program offers the following M.A. degrees: Teaching of English leading toward Initial New York State Certification (38 credits), Teaching of English leading toward Professional Certification in New York State in Teaching of English (34 credits), Teaching of English INSTEP Program leading toward Professional Certification (34 Credits), and Teaching of English leading toward Transitional B Certification (35 Credits).
All courses outlined below must be taken at Teachers College. As per College policy, we do not accept transfer credits towards M.A. programs. Transfer credits may be applied toward Ed.M. and doctoral degree programs subject to review and approval by Program Coordinator. During the first semester, students will be assigned an academic faculty advisor who will assist them in choosing courses. It is recommended that students studying full-time begin their coursework the summer before the academic year.
THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH WITH NEW YORK STATE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION (M.A. DEGREE, 34 CREDITS)
This program is designed for teachers already working in the field who will not be student teaching. To earn this degree, students must complete 34 credits of coursework at Teachers College.
M.A. IN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH NEW YORK STATE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION (INSTEP PROGRAM FOR INSERVICE TEACHERS)
The 34-credit INSTEP Program in the Teaching of English is an Intensive Summer M.A. Program offered to current in-service teachers and is conducted over three consecutive summers in New York City.
M.A. IN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH (TRANSITIONAL B, 35 CREDITS)
The requirements for this program, designed exclusively for participants in the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Teachers College, are similar but not identical to the those of the 34-credit Teaching of English program and include mentored teaching.
THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH LEADING TO AN INITIAL CERTIFICATION IN NEW YORK STATE (M.A. DEGREE, 38 CREDITS)
This program leads to initial certification and is designed for individuals who are entering the field of secondary English teaching. To earn this degree, students must complete 38 credits of coursework in the Teaching of English Program at Teachers College, including two semesters (Fall and Spring) of student teaching. Although most courses are held in the evenings, students must be available during the school day in order to student-teach.
To be certified by New York State, students must satisfy the following coursework requirements either prior or concurrent to their enrollment in the MA program:
- 24 credits in the English Language Arts (including, English Studies, Drama, Journalism, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, etc.)
- One semester of foreign language (If this requirement was not fulfilled as an undergraduate, these credits may be obtained at Columbia University, Teachers College, or any other accredited institution. In some cases, this requirement may be waived by obtaining an appropriate score on the CLEP Test. CLEP registration forms are available in the Office of Teacher Education and School-based Support Services). If you choose to take a language class as an elective toward your degree, it must be a graduate-level course
In addition to all coursework required for certification, students in the M.A. program are responsible for taking and successfully passing the following Certification Examinations mandates by New York State: Liberal Arts & Sciences Test (LAST), Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS-W), and Content Specialty Test in English (CST)
MASTER OF EDUCATION (60 CREDITS)
The Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree is a 60-credit program designed for individuals interested in advanced study in the field of English Education. The Ed.M. degree is well suited for individuals who are currently teaching and who wish to concentrate their studies further within the field of English education and/or individuals who are thinking about undertaking doctoral work in English education. Individuals applying to the Ed.D. program in the Teaching of English sometimes are asked to complete the Ed.M. program before gaining admission to the Doctoral program. The Ed.M. program does not lead to certification for teaching.
DOCTORAL PROGRAM (75 and 90 CREDITS)
The English Education program at Teachers College offers three doctoral degrees: Doctor of Philosophy in English Education (Ph.D., 75 Credits), Doctor of Education in the Teaching of English (Ed.D., 90 Credits), and Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of English (Ed.D.C.T., 90 Credits). The primary purpose of the doctoral programs in English Education at Teachers College is to advance knowledge relevant to the teaching and learning of English and to prepare expert teachers of English for careers as scholars, researchers, and teacher educators in the field of English education. The doctoral programs in English Education are hospitable to a wide range of interests, backgrounds, and professional ambitions in its applicants. However, all students are expected to become conversant with the principal theories, research methods, and pedagogical traditions of the field of English education. Beyond these fundamentals, students work in close consultation with faculty members to develop individualized programs of study. Applicants to the doctoral programs ordinarily possess a master’s degree in English, Education, or a related field and have three to five years of prior teaching experience at the secondary school or college level.