2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 03, 2022  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Education: Preparation (7-12), MS

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Dr. Marcelle Haddix, 200 Huntington Hall, 315-443-4755, mhaddix@syr.edu

The program integrates the candidates’ knowledge of subject matter with an understanding of the process involved in composition and responding to literature. At the master’s level, coursework focuses on strategies designed to enhance pupil appreciation and performance. The master’s program in English Education prepares participants for teaching positions in middle, junior, and senior high schools. The program is intended for those with an English or related major seeking teaching certification (preparation program). Those with an initial English Education teaching certificate seeking professional certification are encouraged to investigate the Literacy Education: Grades 5-12 or the Teaching English Language Learners (PreK-12) programs.

Historically, the Reading and Language Arts department has enjoyed cooperative relationships with area public schools, BOCES, and local companies that permit candidates to gain field experience and, where appropriate, conduct research in school and workplace settings. In addition, English Education maintains a close tie with the other programs in the Reading and Language Arts department.

Master’s degree course requirements

(courses with * include field experience)

Standard Student Teaching Semester

Intensive Examination

A master’s degree intensive examination is also required.

Liberal Arts Course requirements

The requirements of this program include several undergraduate science and distribution courses. It is not unusual that an applicant will have one or more of these courses left to take. These do not need to be completed before applying and may be taken at an institution other than Syracuse University. However, some of the courses need to be done before starting the graduate program, and all must be finished before a degree can be granted. We help prospective students identify appropriate courses.

Interested students should contact the English Education program coordinator as early as possible (including before applying) to have unofficial transcripts reviewed against the liberal arts requirements. This allows more time to enroll in needed courses.

English Content

This program requires a completed major in English; or a major in another area, with no fewer than 30 English credits before earning a master’s degree, with a significant number of those completed before entering the program. For those without a major in English, 18 of the 30 credits must be upper division or its equivalent. A strong complement of writing should be included, with at least 9 credits of writing instruction or writing intensive courses. A limited number of related courses (e.g., journalistic writing; drama history, etc.) from departments other than English will be considered on a course-by-course basis. 6 of the 30 English credits may be taken for graduate credit and included in the master’s degree.

Additional Liberal Arts Distribution courses

(one from each, with no grade less than a C):

  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science
  • History
  • Social Science (other than history or psychology)
  • Artistic Expression (course or equivalent)
  • Language other than English, including American Sign Language (completion of high school Foreign Language Level 3 or higher may be substituted.)

Additional Information

This program is awaiting approval of proposed revisions which are currently under review at the time of publication of this catalog. If approved, the revisions will begin Summer 2015, and will reduce time to completion and credit hours, as well as change some of the current coursework. If and when changes are approved, they will be posted on our website: soe.syr.edu

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