Teacher Education and Higher Education

M.Ed. in Teacher Education with a Concentration in Middle/Secondary Language Arts

The English/Language Arts Program develops innovative English teachers who prepare youth to become lifelong readers and writers. At all program levels (undergraduate, masters, or doctoral), we are dedicated to improving literacy teaching and learning for all students at the middle and high school level. Our goal is to prepare current and future educators to draw on the strengths of diverse learners to promote literacy learning for the 21st century. Specifically, we support the mission of the National Council of Teachers of English that “promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.”

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Program Contact

Colleen Fairbanks
488 School of Education building


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Example Careers:

Teacher leaders, Curriculum facilitators, Instructors at community colleges, Doctoral students in a PhD program related to Teacher Education

Program Contacts

Colleen Fairbanks
488 School of Education building

Amy Vetter
478 School of Education building

Designed For

This program is designed for teachers who are interested in extending their expertise in teaching English Language Arts in grades 6-12. Specifically, the Master of Education (MEd) program in Teacher Education is for experienced English teachers who already hold the “A” or initial license to teach and who wish to pursue more advanced licensure (M) in English education.

Career Opportunities

With this degree, teachers can become teacher leaders in their school, curriculum facilitators, instructors at community colleges, and/or doctoral students in a PhD program related to Teacher Education. Students in this program will have an opportunity to work with students at the UNCG Young Writers’ Camp and present teacher research as the Annual Triad Teacher Researcher Conference in the School of Education.

Research Interests

Students in this program will have the opportunity to engage in inquiry projects related to topics such as: youth literacies, the writing process, digital literacies, and/or young adult literature.

Program of Study

This 33-hour program provides licensed English language arts teachers with advanced study in all major areas of English language arts instruction. Courses are designed to provide opportunities to learn from current scholarship, engage new learning with current practice, and support teacher effectiveness in literacy education. Successful graduates will be eligible for M licensure. Students will meet the advanced competencies of the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards (itemized below) and will be eligible for “M” licensure with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

  • Teachers demonstrate leadership.
  • Teachers establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students.
  • Teachers know the content they teach.
  • Teachers facilitate learning for students.
  • Teachers reflect on their practice.

Total hours: 33 hours

Core Courses

  • TED 669 (3)Educational Implications of Learning and Developmental Theory or approved substitute
  • TED 545 (3) Diverse Learners (3) or TED 646 Intro to Equity Education (3) or approved substitute
  • ERM 605 Educational Measurement and Evaluation (3) or ERM 604 Methods of Educational Research (3) or approved substitute

Additional Courses

Pedagogical Expertise (18 hours)

  • TED 626 (3) Middle Grades Curriculum & Instruction or
  • TED 638 Seminar in Secondary Education
  • TED 645 (3) Critical Issues in English Language Arts
  • TED 640 (3)Teaching Writing in the Elementary and Middle Grades or ENG 522 (3): Teaching Composition: Theories and Applications
  • TED 695 (3) Youth Literacies
  • TED 628 (3) Trends & Issues in Curriculum and Instruction
  • TED or ENG Elective (3)
    • ENG 590 Literacy, Learning and
    • ENG 602: Electronic Research, Writing, and
    • ENG 697 Composing Theories in Reading and Writing
    • TED 628: Trends & Issues in Curriculum and
    • TED 604 Applied Linguistics for
    • TED 618 Teaching English as a Second
    • TED 616 Literacy Development & Instruction Across the Grades
    • TED 622 Differentiated Instruction

Professional Development/Leadership (6 hours)

  • TED 676 (3) Teacher As Researcher and Leader I
  • TED 677 (3) Teacher As Researcher and Leader II (Prerequisite is TED 676)

Minimum Program Requirements

  • “A” license in middle grades or secondary English language arts
  • Two years teaching experiences (may be completed as a co-requisite)
  • Meet requirements for admission to the Graduate School