English Education Graduate Program

Why pursue a master’s in English education at Missouri State?

With flexible opportunities to focus your coursework in a particular sub-field of English or take courses across sub-fields (e.g., composition and rhetoric, creative writing, English education and pedagogy, linguistics, literature, technical and professional writing) as well as in the College of Education, you will deepen your English content knowledge and reflective skills as a professional educator.

We offer many opportunities to:

  • Choose coursework and develop research projects to meet your specific educational and professional needs and goals through individualized mentoring and advising
  • Take courses that best fit your schedule in the evenings, summers, and/or on-line
  • Learn about and join the latest research-based conversations in the field of English and literacy education
  • Develop the capacity to assume literacy leadership roles in your school, district, or broader academic communities
  • Meet and collaborate with other students who, like you, are passionate about English teaching, adolescents, and professional learning
  • The chance to teach at the college level, if you pursue a graduate teaching assistantship
  • Add a TESOL certificate to your course work and learn to teach English to speakers of other languages. TESOL specialists work in schools, universities, community colleges and other educational, business or nonprofit environments.

Who pursues a master’s in English education at Missouri State?

Our program is designed for currently certified secondary (middle or high school) teachers who wish to deepen their English content knowledge, develop their reflective and instructional capacities, and join conversations in the field of education that connect them to networks of English educators across this country who seek to develop equitable teaching practices that benefit all students. Most of our students are currently or wish to teach middle or high school English in public or private schools in Missouri and/or the United States.

Our program is not designed to serve the needs of prospective students who want to or do teach English in countries other than the United States. Those prospective applicants may wish to explore our department’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages programs.

Our program is not designed to serve the needs of prospective students who are seeking initial certification to teach secondary English in Missouri middle or high schools. Those prospective applicants may wish to explore other pathways to certification with the Director of English Education, Dr. Danielle Lillge.


Focus on teaching language

Add a TESOL certificate to your course work and learn to teach English to adult learners. TESOL specialists work in universities, community colleges and other educational, business or nonprofit environments.