English Education

MA in Teachers of English Language and Literature in Colleges, Non-Certification

Teach English at the college level

Prepare to work as an English teacher in private and community colleges, teachers’ colleges, and community settings. In this non-certification master of arts program, you’ll develop teaching and learning methods in literature, writing, and the language arts, tailoring the curriculum to fit your professional needs and interests. You'll have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in curriculum and instruction, educational linguistics, reading and literature, writing, and related areas. 

This is a non-certification program for professionals seeking preparation for teaching positions at two-year colleges, as well as for certified teachers seeking additional coursework in educational theory and research methods in preparation for doctoral study. Initial certification and professional certification options are also available. 

What you'll learn

You will work closely with our nationally recognized faculty members to learn:

  • How to develop curricula for college-level learners
  • A mastery of language, composition, and literature while becoming skilled in reflective teaching
  • Strategies for adapting English instruction and negotiating the curriculum to meet the needs of your students
  • Pedagogical theories and research methods in education

See the curriculum and requirements for this master's degree. 

How you'll learn

English and Pedagogy
As a student in this program, you'll complete content courses linked to English pedagogy, acquiring knowledge to apply in the clasroom. Courses include Negotiating the Curriculum, English Teacher as Reflective Practitioner, and Master's Seminar in English Education. 

Content Specialization
You'll take six credits in courses related to your professional goals, as well as at least one course from each of the four strands of the English Education curriculum: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Linguistics, Reading and Literature, and Writing. 

Fieldwork Placements
In preparation for college teaching, you will have the opportunity to complete a one-semester field placement as a part of your program of study. 

Prepare for a career as a
  • English teacher in private and community colleges, teachers’ colleges, and community settings
  • Non-teaching positions in writing, editing, developing curricula and instructional resources, publishing, educational policymaking, and other fields where English and education are prominent concerns
For more information about this MA program, please contact

Sarah Beck
Program Director
East Building, Room 520
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003