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English Education (Licensure Program, 6-12)*

*M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

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This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. Other applicants including International students should apply for English Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction) 

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Program Overview

This program is designed for students interested in teaching middle or high school English and Language Arts, grades 6-12, who have successfully completed an undergraduate major in English. The M.A.Ed. in English Education includes a combination of graduate coursework (including educational foundations, methods of teaching English) and fieldwork (including a 3-hour early field internship during the fall semester and a 9-hour student teaching internship during the spring semester). Students admitted to the program are required to complete 9-12 hours of coursework before beginning the early field internship. The program requires a minimum of 15-18 months to complete. There is also a two-year option.

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Why choose this program?

The English and Language Arts 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.

What You'll Study

The M.A.Ed. in English Education includes a combination of graduate coursework (e.g., educational foundations, methods of teaching English) and fieldwork (e.g., a 3-hour early field internship during the fall semester and a 9-hour student teaching internship during the spring semester). Students admitted to the program are required to complete 9-12 hours of coursework before beginning the early field internship.

Students may enter the program on several different tracks: 5th Year Program (Dual Status) or 2 Year Program.
The program is NCATE approved and meets the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) guidelines. The Virginia Tech licensure program has reciprocity with 35 + states and/or territories.

EDCI 5104: Schooling in American Society
EDEP 5154: Psych Foundations in Education
EDCI 5554: Educating Exceptional Learners

EDCI 5784: Inquiry Based Learning with Digital Technology

EDCI 5724: Teaching in the Middle and Secondary School I (English)
EDCI 5744: Teaching in the Middle and Secondary School II (English)
EDCI 5444: Teaching Adolescent Readers

EDCI 6264: Comprehension Processes and Content Area Reading
EDCI 5454: Teaching Composition (Preferred) OR
EDCI 5524: Behavior Management in K-12 Classrooms
EDCI 5614: Digitally Mediated Learning
EDCI 5124: Gender in Education
EDEP 5194: Research on the Assessment of Student Achievement

EDCI 5964: Field Experience, 3 credits, fall
EDCI 5754: Internship, 9 credits, spring

EDEP 5114: Learning and Cognition (Fall)
EDCI 5134: Gender and Education (Fall)
EDCI 5784: Topics in Diversity and Multicultural Education (Fall)
EDCI 5174: Informal Learning and Youth
EDCI 6034: Education and Anthropology
EDIT 5614: Digitally Mediated Learning (Spring)
EDCI 5784: Philosophy of Education Technology (Spring)
EDCI 5784: Schooling and Post-Civil Rights (Spring)

  • Register for and pass the Praxis II test: English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038).
  • Praxis Core is no longer required.
  • Register for and pass the reading and writing sections of the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).

This program is designed for students interested in teaching middle or high school English, grades 6-12. Most of students pursuing our program become English or writing instructors.

  • To be eligible for regular admission status, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 hours of coursework) and a B.A. in English. Transcript reviews of applicants with English degrees from other colleges should provide evidence that the programs meet specific undergraduate content requirements; otherwise, candidates will need to take additional coursework as part of the licensure program.
  • Virginia Tech students should apply in the fall term of the senior year. If eligible, English majors may apply for dual status admission during the last semester of their undergraduate coursework.
  • Register for and pass the Praxis II test: English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038).
  • Praxis Core is no longer required.
  • Register for and pass the reading and writing sections of the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).

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There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

State of Virginia Licensure Applicants
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
Other Applicants
This program is offered to the State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. Other applicants including International students should apply for English Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction)

Trevor Stewart
Program Leader
1750 Kraft Drive, RM 2009 (0302)
540-231-8335
ttstew@vt.edu

Questions?

Trevor Stewart
Program Leader
1750 Kraft Drive, RM 2009 (0302)
540-231-8335
ttstew@vt.edu

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