Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus


Residential/On Campus

The English Education programs at Virginia Tech meld traditional issues of teaching writing, language and literature with newly emerging practices and research in adolescent literacy, new literacies, multimodal technologies and teaching and learning in 21st century classrooms.

15-18 months to complete
30 credits of coursework
field internship opportunities
100% faculty commitment
Our English Education program

This program is designed for students interested in teaching middle or high school English, grades 6-12, who have successfully completed an undergraduate major in English. The program is NCATE approved and meets the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) guidelines. The program also offers opportunity for additional endorsement in journalism for interested candidates. The program requires a minimum of 15-18 months to complete. There is also a two-year option.

Why Study English Education Here?

The English Education programs at Virginia Tech prepare English teachers, teacher educators, and scholars to be successful in the context of increasingly standardized education reforms. Working from the perspective that learning should be a generative act, faculty guide students in the exploration of concepts that make student-centered, dialogic approaches central constructs in the study of teaching and learning. Courses in the program focus on literacy development and consider the roles of language and culture in approaches to teaching that bring classroom content into dialogue with students’ lives in 21st century classrooms.

Faculty Research Interests

English Education

Dialogic Pedagogy

High-stakes Testing

Qualitative Methodology

Writing Instruction and Creativity

Rural Education

Adolescent Literacy

Place-based Pedagogy

Special Populations in Rural Communities

English Education Research Highlights

Azano, A. P. (2017). Book review of Serving gifted students in rural settings. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 32(2), 1-3.

Azano, A. P., Callahan, C. M., Brodersen, A., & Caughey, M. (2017). Responding to the challenges of gifted education in rural communities. Global Education Review, 4(1), 1-16.

Azano, A. P., & Tackett, M. E. (2017). Perceptions of teachers and parents on the educational experiences of students with autism in a remote rural community. The Rural Educator (in press- October).


Stewart, T. T. (In press, Fall 2017). Dialogue, inquiry, changing roles, and the dialogical self. In F. Meijers & H. Hermans (Eds.), The Dialogical self in education. New York, NY: Springer.

Boggs, G. L., Stewart, T. T., & Jansky, T. (In press, published online 2017). Economic relevance and planning for literacy instruction: Reconciling competing ideologies. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

Stewart, T. T., & Boggs, G. L. (2016). Emerging dialogic structures in education reform: An analysis of urban teachers'™ online compositions. Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal, 4, 142-161. doi:

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the English Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction) should contact the program leader, Dr. Trevor T. Stewart, by email at

Visit our office at 226 War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

Spring: October 15 (Target deadline. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and students are admitted after Oct 15 when space is available)

Summer I: May 1

Summer II: June 1

Fall:  August 1

International Application

Spring: October 15

Summer I: January 1

Summer II: February  1

Fall: April 1



Trevor Stewart
Program Leader
309 War Memorial Hall

Sherri Albert
Administrative Assistant
226 War Memorial Hall
(540) 231-5558

School of Education

226 War Memorial Hall (0313)

370 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061