Master of Education Program - Concentration in English Education

Department Chair: Dr. James Boe, jim.boe@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7304
Faculty Contact: Dr. J. Gregory Brister, greg.brister@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7317
Department Office: 327E McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7303

Valley City State University has designed this concentration for teachers of English wishing to pursue a master’s degree. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research, and technology.

Curriculum in this concentration is designed to help secondary school educators become more effective users of technology in the English classroom and enhance the learning experience for their students. The coursework can also apply in situations where states require an advanced degree with a focus on a specific content area.

 

Concentration Requirements

The Master of English Education requires 35 hours of coursework, an action research report, and an oral defense of a comprehensive portfolio. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research and technology. All M.Ed. students are required to complete 12 hours of core courses and three hours of Special Program Courses

Core Required Courses
EDUC 610Research in Education3
EDUC 625Issues in School, Community, and Family3
EDUC 640Supervision and Assessment of Teachers and Learners3
EDUC 657Exceptionality, Diversity, and Differences3
Required Courses
ENGL 650Studies in British Literature3
ENGL 653Language and Culture3
ENGL 660Studies in American Literature3
ENGL 664Literature and Literacy for Children and Young Adults3
ENGL 676Research in Teaching Writing3
ENGL 680Teaching College English3
EDUC 685Action Research in Education3
Special Program Requirements
EDUC 689Research Application1
EDUC 698Capstone2
Total Credits36

Total Core 12 Hrs
Total Required 21 Hrs
Total Special Program Requirements 3 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 36 Hrs

Core Values/Learning Outcomes

  1. Effective use of Instructional Technologies
  2. Expertise in Research, particularly Action Research
  3. Expertise in Assessment
  4. Supervisor/Leader/Coach
  5. Expertise in Curriculum/Instruction
  6. Diversity/Global Awareness

The program’s Core Values and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards lay the broad foundation for the overall program design. Specific objectives are then addressed in each course, based on its curriculum. At the course level, the required projects and activities provide a rich and diverse collection of opportunities for assessment of student knowledge and understanding by the professor.