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Master of Science (MSEd) in English Education

Students typically—though not exclusively—seek a Master’s Degree in English Education in order to enhance their practice as secondary English teachers and/or to enter the PhD pipeline in order to expand future career pathways. They choose Purdue over other options because of the opportunity to work closely with leaders in the field who are committed to supporting their individual goals. Though a Master’s degree from any institution might serve the purpose of boosting salaries for teachers working in districts that (still) provide incentives for advanced degrees, a degree from Purdue conveys a level of integrity and rigor that both students and employers find meaningful and valuable.

In keeping with the intellectual rigor and scholarly focus of graduate studies, a master’s thesis is an exit requirement for the Master’s program. Students will consult with their faculty advisor about possible directions for their thesis early in their program so that coursework—including the six credit hours dedicated to researching and writing the thesis—can be tailored accordingly.

A. Foundational Coursework (15 hours)

I. Required Courses:

  • EDCI 50000: Foundations of Literacy & Language — Literacy & Language
  • EDCI 58500: Multicultural Education — Diversity
  • EDPS 53300: Introduction to Educational Research — Disciplined Inquiry

II. One of the following: (substitutions can be made upon consultation with your major professor)

  • EDCI 58000: Philosophy of Curriculum
  • EDST 50000: Philosophy of Education
  • EDST 50100: History of American Education
  • EDST 50600: History of Women’s Education
  • EDST 60000: Seminar in the Foundations of Education

III. One of the following: (substitutions can be made upon consultation with your major professor)

  • EDPS 53000: Advanced Educational Psychology
  • EDPS 53500: Personal-Social Dynamics in the Classroom
  • EDPS 54000: Gifted, Creative, and Talented Children
  • EDPS 59100G: Human Growth and Development
  • PSY 50200: Survey of Human Development

B. Literacy & Language and English Courses (9 hours)

English Education students are required to take 9 credits of coursework focused on English education or related topics of study.  Suggested courses are as follows:

  • EDCI 50200: Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • EDCI 50900: Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • EDCI 55100: Young Adult Literature
  • EDCI 59500: Advanced Studies in English Education*
  • EDCI 61300: Seminar in English Language Arts*

*EDCI 59500: Advanced Studies in English Education and EDCI 61300: Seminar in English Language Arts are variable title courses that can be taken multiple times. Recent topics include Teacher Research; Classroom Discourse Analysis; Teaching Bodies; Reading the Midwest; and The Teacher in Fiction and Film.

C. Elective Courses (6 hours)

  • (consult with your advisor)
  • Students normally choose to use their 6 credits of electives for thesis writing.