Masters in English Education

Leaders across a variety of fields consider communication to be one of the most important skills an individual can bring to a business. Without strong reading, writing, and speaking skills, these candidates can’t hope to succeed in a world increasingly reliant on effective communication.

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These communication skills must be built up over time with the help of high-quality English teachers. As students struggle to become skilled in reading and writing, these teachers must also develop their skills in English education to push their students toward success and mastery of the language.

Helping teachers hone their abilities and skills are master’s programs in English education. Focused on integrating theory, research, and design into the teaching process, these programs prepare teachers to tackle a variety of classroom challenges. Read on to discover how a master’s degree in English education helps not only your future career, but the future outcomes of your students as well.

What will a graduate degree in English education help me as a teacher?

As new research in education discovers more effective methods of teaching English, educators must update their current knowledge of teaching practices. Master’s program focus specifically on giving teachers a greater range of resources to help meet the needs of their students.

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In a master’s in English education program, teachers improve their understanding of how students learn the English language and communicate through reading and writing. This includes studying the philosophical and theoretical elements of cognitive development, and how students gain an understanding of grammar structures, phonemes, and words.

Simply understanding these cognitive structures isn’t enough to teach English well, however. Master’s programs also help teachers determine the best ways of teaching these concepts by focusing on reflective teaching methods. Just because you aren’t a science teacher doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment. Reflective teaching allows you to question and explore your teaching methods by tracking changes in student learning outcomes and comparing them with the teaching styles you use.

Master’s programs inform teachers about a greater range of assessment tools to help them teach reflectively, ensuring successful learning among diverse groups of learners. Not everyone learns to read and write at the same pace, but the end result must be universally positive. A master’s in English education ensures a teacher is able to meet the individual learning needs of their students – from the quick learners to those who struggle.

Teachers also gain an expanded appreciation of literature content in master’s programs. Teachers will better explain the complex topics represented in British and American literature to their students, through expanded interpretation and comprehension skills. They’ll then be able to transfer these skills to their students as they lead through through guided reading exercises.

Subjects taught: Master’s degree in English Education
  • Theory and Practice: Teaching Writing

    Provides teachers with new and breaking ideas in the theories of education, allowing them to implement novel teaching methods in the classroom. Focus specifically on assisting students through the writing and editing process.
  • Differentiated Reading Instruction

    Teachers learn the various ways students learn to read, and how to integrate that knowledge in the classroom through reflective teaching. Individualize lesson plans and discover methods of addressing common reading hurdles students experience.
  • Critical Readings and Methods

    Analyze literature and the best practices to teach it. Help foster critical thinking skills in your students as you guide them through important works of literature and analyze them for deeper meaning.
  • Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development

    Dive deeper into the cognitive processes involved in learning English, and assess your students on their current reading and writing levels.

Master’s programs in English education expose teachers to a much wider range of resources that help their struggling students.

How will a graduate degree in English education help my students?

Effective reading and writing skills help students become productive workers in a society that is driven by excellent communication skills. In fact, it would be difficult to find a career that didn’t involve at least some amount of reading and writing to be successful.

With a master’s in education, you guarantee that you’re doing the most you can to drive your students toward their career goals. You’ll use a variety of methods to address the reading and writing problems of struggling students, in addition to assessment strategies to differentiate those methods.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to learn more about the different courses and programs available to master’s candidates in English education, research and contact schools offering degree programs. Pick your state from this map representing Master’s in Education programs throughout the country.

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