Master of Arts in Teaching English - Curriculum

Gain Certification and Leadership Skills with a Master of Arts in Teaching English

The Master of Arts in Teaching English is a 33-credit hour program for certified English teachers, or 39-credit hour program for those students who are seeking certification.  The program combines theory with practical classroom application. All courses are taught by experienced secondary school teachers and are offered on SNHU's main campus in Manchester.

Real Classroom Teaching Experience

For students seeking certification, the Master of Arts in Teaching English program culminates with a 16-week student teaching experience and seminar series. This allows you to apply what you learn at SNHU, in a real middle or high school classroom in the Manchester Area. You will work under the close supervision of an experienced teacher at who can provide the guidance you need to hone your teaching style and strategies.

Courses for Certification for Grades 5-12

EDU-511: Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools
This course teaches students how to develop effective strategies and lesson plans for delivering content knowledge consistent with standards based learning. Using each student's primary content area as the context, this course investigates developmentally appropriate teaching and classroom management for adolescent learners. Strategies and delivery methods include constructivism, differentiation, peer group learning, cross-curricular lesson planning and writing across the curriculum.
EDU-521: Exploring the Principles of Education
This course offers practice in identifying and developing basic beliefs and values while assessing contemporary philosophies. It includes a study of the history and current issues of education in America.
EDU-560: Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High Schools
This course prepares students to teach English in grades 5 through 12. Students will develop and deliver lessons, find and use education-media, design essay questions, writing prompts, and other appropriate assessments, and choose reading materials appropriate to individual student abilities. Topics include current practices, technology resources, strategies for teaching reading and writing, vocabulary and language building, young adult literature, television and film, questioning, testing and grading, classroom management, and professionalism.
Prerequisites:
EDU-511, EDU-521, and EDU-533
EDU-571: Student Teaching and Seminar
All teacher education majors seeking certification will participate in 16 weeks of full-time practice teaching at nearby schools. During the 16 weeks, the student teacher receives close and continuous supervision and guidance from teaching personnel at the school and by a member of the Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes a weekly seminar at the University.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in the Teacher Certification program
EDU-582: Educational Factors of Diversity
This course examines a variety of factors that affect academic achievement for today's students from birth through the high school level. Students will examine diversity through the lens of race/ethnicity, language, economics, and academics. Culturally responsive teaching practices, including issues such as gender, ability, class, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and cultural pluralism will be examined.
EDU-750: Seminar in Teaching Writing
This course is designed to help educators who work with middle and secondary school students to design and plan programs and courses that promote improved literacy practices, especially improvement of student writing. By investigating and practicing a variety of writing exercises, processes, and approaches to improve their own writing skills, students will create a portfolio of ideas and options for teaching others.
Prerequisites:
EDU-521
ENG-550: Graduate Studies in English Language
This course is an introduction to the following topics in English linguistics: history of English, etymology, vocabulary 'morphology', phonology, dictionaries, syntax, semantics, dialects, discourse analysis, and child language acquisition. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the English language as preparation for teaching, or becoming better writers, or for studying literature. Students will have the opportunity to research, write about, and present on a linguistic topic of individual interest, such as the language of advertising or propaganda.
LIT-500: Graduate Studies in Literary Theory
This course is an introduction to the major schools of contemporary literary theory, and an examination of principal exponents of these theories. The student will become familiar with the most important features of psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism and feminism and examine the meaning of structuralism and post-structuralism. In addition, the course affords an opportunity to practice applying the theories to specific literary texts.
LIT-685: Graduate Thesis in Literature
This year-long course offers students the opportunity for graduate level research and writing in some chosen area of American, British, or world literature. Students must formulate a written thesis proposal and assemble a three-person academic support committee, equipped with relevant expertise. The proposal will then be submitted for approval to the individual's advisory committee. Assuming the project is universally approved, the student will meet with one or more members of the committee on bi-weekly basis to review progress on research and written work. The final result will be a scholarly essay of 40-60 pages, to be presented as an academic paper in a public forum.

LIT-685 is taken twice, once in each semester.

Select Two of the Following:

LIT-650: Graduate Seminar in American Literature
This course uses a thematic approach to explore works by American writers. The specific selections and authors vary each term according to the theme. This is an upper-level course involving close reading, analysis and writing in seminar format.
LIT-651: Graduate Seminar in British Literature
This course uses a thematic approach to explore works of British writers. The specific selections and authors vary each term according to the theme. This is an upper-level course involving close reading, analysis and writing in a seminar format.
LIT-652: Graduate Seminar in Global Literature
This course uses a thematic approach to the works from many literary traditions outside British and American. Specific selections and authors vary each term according to the theme. This is an upper-level course involving close reading, analysis and writing in seminar format.

Courses for Non-Certification

Courses only available for teachers already certified in English for grades 5-12.

EDU-582: Educational Factors of Diversity
This course examines a variety of factors that affect academic achievement for today's students from birth through the high school level. Students will examine diversity through the lens of race/ethnicity, language, economics, and academics. Culturally responsive teaching practices, including issues such as gender, ability, class, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and cultural pluralism will be examined.
EDU-750: Seminar in Teaching Writing
This course is designed to help educators who work with middle and secondary school students to design and plan programs and courses that promote improved literacy practices, especially improvement of student writing. By investigating and practicing a variety of writing exercises, processes, and approaches to improve their own writing skills, students will create a portfolio of ideas and options for teaching others.
Prerequisites:
EDU-521
ENG-550: Graduate Studies in English Language
This course is an introduction to the following topics in English linguistics: history of English, etymology, vocabulary 'morphology', phonology, dictionaries, syntax, semantics, dialects, discourse analysis, and child language acquisition. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the English language as preparation for teaching, or becoming better writers, or for studying literature. Students will have the opportunity to research, write about, and present on a linguistic topic of individual interest, such as the language of advertising or propaganda.
LIT-500: Graduate Studies in Literary Theory
This course is an introduction to the major schools of contemporary literary theory, and an examination of principal exponents of these theories. The student will become familiar with the most important features of psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism and feminism and examine the meaning of structuralism and post-structuralism. In addition, the course affords an opportunity to practice applying the theories to specific literary texts.
LIT-685: Graduate Thesis in Literature
This year-long course offers students the opportunity for graduate level research and writing in some chosen area of American, British, or world literature. Students must formulate a written thesis proposal and assemble a three-person academic support committee, equipped with relevant expertise. The proposal will then be submitted for approval to the individual's advisory committee. Assuming the project is universally approved, the student will meet with one or more members of the committee on bi-weekly basis to review progress on research and written work. The final result will be a scholarly essay of 40-60 pages, to be presented as an academic paper in a public forum.

LIT-685 is taken twice, once each semester.

Select Two of the Following:

LIT-650: Graduate Seminar in American Literature
This course uses a thematic approach to explore works by American writers. The specific selections and authors vary each term according to the theme. This is an upper-level course involving close reading, analysis and writing in seminar format.
LIT-651: Graduate Seminar in British Literature
This course uses a thematic approach to explore works of British writers. The specific selections and authors vary each term according to the theme. This is an upper-level course involving close reading, analysis and writing in a seminar format.
LIT-652: Graduate Seminar in Global Literature
This course uses a thematic approach to the works from many literary traditions outside British and American. Specific selections and authors vary each term according to the theme. This is an upper-level course involving close reading, analysis and writing in seminar format.

Licensure Information

This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an initial teacher’s license or endorsement in New Hampshire.  Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement, or salary benefits.  View disclosure information.

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