English Education

Master of Education

The Master of Education (MEd) in English Education, 5-12 Certification is designed to prepare students to teach English or language arts, to be a writing specialist in their chosen field, to work with writing in all subject areas, or to be a writing teacher at any level.

Graduates will be endorsed for certification in New Hampshire and fully qualified to teach English and language arts in grades 5–12. The program is designed to meet all New Hampshire, NCATE, and NCTE standards for the preparation of teachers of English and language arts as well as providing a background in the subject areas of literature, writing, and language at the graduate level.

Required college-level coursework or equivalent competencies (audit, portfolio, or exam): analyzing and interpreting literature and literary criticism; creative and non-fiction writing above composition level; study of language; study of grammar; completion of four upper-level literature courses; sign language, journalism, communications, or media; and completion of six credits in American literature, British literature, or humanities.

Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE). Teacher candidates can find the latest NHDOE standards at education.nh.gov/index.htm

Certification-only Option: Students would complete 27-30 credits as listed below, excluding the Master’s Core Component.

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when English Education courses will be offered.

Program of Study

Master’s Core Component – 9 credits

Learning Theory Component (If not met in undergraduate work) – 9 credits

English Methods Component – 6 credits

English Component (Literature/Writing Courses) – 6 credits

With your advisor, you’ll choose 6 credits of electives appropriate for your program of study.

Capstone Experience – 6-9 credits

* Passing PRAXIS II scores required before starting field experience

Total for MEd in English Education, 5–12 Certification Concentration – 36-39 credits

You may participate in courses and workshops sponsored by the National Writing Project in New Hampshire, a summer-based institute promoting exemplary instruction of writing. The NWP courses may be used to fulfill the elective English and Writing component.

With rolling admission, you may start your program during any term. In fact, you may take up to 12 credits before being admitted to Plymouth State. Financial aid is available to qualified students.