Program Admission Deadline Summer: March 1
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Degree Type: M.A.
CIP Code 13.1305
Major Code ASF
Department Code EDR
Minimum Total Hours 33
Degree Website http://usfsm.edu/programs/english-education/

Program Information

The M.A. in Education, English Education is designed for those with a Bachelor’s degree in the field of English and/or a related appropriate initial certification who desire to increase their competency in this subject specialization or to receive additional professional preparation in education. Graduates of their program will have a Master’s degree in Education that includes 18 graduate credit hours in English. Thus, they could be hired to teach secondary English in a private school or lower-level college English. This program does not require certification nor does it lead to certification. The cross disciplinary sequence of courses explores content area as well as technologies for the classroom. Research skills and strategies to improve instruction are included and a field experience/clinical education is required.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge
    • Candidates are knowledgeable about English as a content area and of application of English to educational practice
  2. Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • Candidates are reflective, demonstrated through reflection on problems in education in general and that pertain to ethical issues
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • Candidates are analytical of data, theoretical underpinnings, research, and curriculum & Instruction, and use their analyses to inform educational design and practice
  4. Educational Design
    • Candidates create effective instructional programs
    • Candidates use technology in teaching and assessment
  5. Learner as an Individual in the Community
    • Candidates construct learning environments that reflect the diversity of experiences, perspectives, and cultures of their students and the larger world
    • Candidates communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectations for all students

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, or at least 24 upper-level credits in English or related field, from a regionally accredited university.
  • Students with fewer than 24 upper-level undergraduate course credits in English may still be accepted in the program, but they will be required to make up the deficiency in undergraduate coursework by taking additional graduate courses in English while in the program.
  • Undergraduate upper-level GPA of 3.00 or above. Students with an upper-level GPA score below a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale may still be eligible if they take the GRE and achieve a 300 combined score with a minimum of 156 verbal scale (new scale) or a 1000 combined score with a minimum verbal score of 550 (old scale).
  • An essay (300-500 words) stating educational or professional purpose for pursuing this graduate degree study.
  • A letter of recommendation from a former professor, assessing the applicant’s readiness for graduate study. If that is not possible because the applicant has been out of school for many years, a letter from a work supervisor, addressing the same key issues will be acceptable.

International Applicants

All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores, etc.). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the School of Education must provide the following:

  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts;
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or clinical education;
  • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

Comprehensive Examination

All candidates must take and successfully pass a Master’s Comprehensive Examination in English Education the last semester of their program. Note: This exam is not offered during the summer term.

Taskstream

TaskStream is a web-based electronic portfolio required of students in the School of Education (SOE) programs.  It provides a way to submit documents, including Critical Tasks, Transition Point Projects, Disposition Self-Assessments, and forms such as the Filed-work and Diversity Tracking Forms to instructors for feedback and assessment.  These assessments are used to evaluate candidate progress toward meeting standards set by the faculty, Florida Department of Education where applicable and pertinent professional organizations.  The SOE faculty analyzes data from the assessments and uses the data for program planning in order to ensure continuous improvement.

USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Education degree-seeking students enrolled in a course with a Critical Task, Transition Point Project, Dispositions Assessment, Field-work, or Portfolio, are required to have a subscription to Taskstream; please visit the Taskstream homepage to create an account – https://www1.taskstream.com/

Graduation Requirements

  • A planned program of study should be completed and filed with the academic advisor during the first semester of study.
  • Student must complete all courses as listed on planned program of study with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Grades below “C” are not acceptable toward degree requirements.
  • At the time of graduation, only those courses completed within the previous five (5) years will count toward the degree.
  • Student must apply for graduation by deadline of term student wishes to graduate.
  • All required assignments in Taskstream are satisfactorily completed.

Coursework Requirements Total Minimum Hours 33

Required Core (18-20 credit hours minimum)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDF 6432 Foundations of Measurement 3 None
LAE 6339 Methods of Teaching Secondary English Language Arts 4 None Must be completed prior to clinical education
or
LAE 5362 Methods of Teaching English Language Arts 3 None
TSL 5241 Applied Linguistics in Teaching Diverse Students 3 None
EDF 6809 Intro to Comparative and International Education 3 None
or   Students will take either course
EDF 6606 Socio-Economic Foundations of American Education 4 None
LAE 6389 Practice in Teaching Literature 1-3 None Clinical Education:  All Coursework must be completed; Student will complete two (2) clinical experiences in separate terms, 3-credit hours each; Course can be repeated, or ENC 6745 can be taken
ENC 6745 Teaching Practicum 3 None Clinical Education:  All Coursework must be completed; Student will complete two (2) clinical experiences in separate terms, 3-credit hours each; Course can be repeated, or ENC 6389 can be taken

Approved Electives (15 credit hours)

Students will choose fifteen (15) credit hours of electives (AML, ENC, ENL, ENG, LAE or LIT) at the 5000 level or above in addition to the coursework shown above. These electives cannot be directed studies or clinical education.  At least one (1) elective course must be at the 6000 level.

Program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, and Florida State Department of Education program approval standards. Please contact Program for more information.

Candidate must complete a final comprehensive examination.

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