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Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction with a Content Specialization in English

The Master of Education (MED) in Curriculum & Instruction with a Content Specialization in English explores theories, methods, and pedagogies in writing, literature, and language instruction

*Dual Enrollment Teaching Eligibility: Upon completion of this degree (30 hours) plus one additional specialization course (3 hours), you may meet dual enrollment teaching qualifications.

**Completion of this program does not result in a public school teaching certificate.

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About the Program

Our 100% online, accelerated Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Content Specialization in English provides the skill set needed to become an English language instructional leader to serve a diverse population in classroom and other settings. It enhances your ability to serve the needs of high school and community college students. Learn advanced skills in curriculum development and implementation while becoming a content specialist in the high-demand areas of English writing and language studies. This online M.Ed. program can advance your specialized knowledge and skills for use in the classroom or in a variety of educational settings.

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program is an accelerated, fully online, 30-semester credit hour program. Each course consists of 7-week modules, allowing you to complete the program in as little as 10 months. With content specializations in English, the program provides advanced professional teacher education coursework in curriculum and instruction as well as pedagogical content knowledge in rhetoric and composition, dual enrollment writing instruction, language studies, and literature. Those earning the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction gain in-depth knowledge of English language, the teaching of English as well as assessment and instructional best practices. Teachers with advanced knowledge of curriculum and instruction have the skills necessary to become leaders in their schools and school districts to promote English language education. 


Graduates of the MED in C&I with a Concentration in English program may seek positions as instructional coordinators, curriculum leaders, instructional coaches, language education mentors, educational consultants, language specialists, and similar positions in school districts. The MED in C&I provides 15 credit hours in English. Graduates of the program who are seeking opportunities to teach dual credit courses in the high school setting will need one additional three hour English course beyond the master’s degree. Qualifications and eligibility for dual credit teaching are determined by school districts and their partner institution of Higher Education and not by UTRGV. Graduates should consult with their ISD before enrolling in additional course work after earning the master’s degree. To enroll in additional courses after earning the master’s degree, graduates will need to apply to the UTRGV Graduate College as a non-degree seeking student. Financial aid restrictions for non-degree students will apply.

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Advanced study in the specialization of life-span development theories to human behavior, learning and cognition. Includes specific models of cognition and relevant research. This course includes the nature of needs of people at all developmental levels from prenatal through old age.
This course examines approaches in developing, implementing and evaluating curricula. Principles and practices in the production and use of curriculum frameworks, guides, textbooks, technologies and other curriculum materials will be included.
A survey of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designed to introduce students to educational research. This course will include research design, literature review, critiquing research, and action research.
Analyzing historical and sociocultural forces of education with regard to education through philosophical, sociological, historical and anthropological perspectives.
An introduction to basic concepts, techniques and issues in assessment of student learning and learning environments. (Prescribed elective for all students who do not have a required assessment course in their specialization)
Focus on various theoretical approaches to the study of discourse with application of theories to a significant analytical project. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.
Advanced study of composition theory and techniques and methods of teaching composition, with special emphasis on teaching English composition to college freshman. Required of all English teaching assistants. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.
Extensive study of topics in the areas of rhetoric, composition, and/or literacy. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Study of writing assessment theory and practice with a focus on how to respond to and evaluate student writing and design meaningful assessment strategies for a range of classrooms and feedback contexts.
Analysis of teaching philosophy, theories of learning, and best practices for teaching secondary English Language Arts. Emphasis on reading and writing assignments for secondary learners, with attention to culturally responsive pedagogy and contemporary Latino/a literature.
An introduction to the methods of linguistics science with emphasis on problem solving techniques and the application to specific problems. This course includes a research project exploring the application of linguistics to specific situations.
Advanced study of social aspects of language and language use, including language attitudes, sociolinguistic dynamics of language contact situations, language learning and the social and linguistic nature of dialects, language variation and language change. Requires a research project.

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UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Financial Aid for Accelerated Online Programs page.

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No Application Fee
Graduation Fee: $50


Please review all the admission requirements for the Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction with a Content Specialization in English degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 1-833-887-4842.

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