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Non Teacher Certification Program

English Education Studies, EdM

If you have substantial English content background, wish to be a leader in English education, aim to teach English nationally or internationally, and are not seeking New York State teaching certification, our English education studies program will provide you the tools necessary to achive your professional goals. Our program focuses on teaching, research and learning. It integrates literature, composition, media and digital literacies in secondary schools and post secondary institutions.

The English Education Studies program is a part time, fully online program.  It is comprised of 33 credit hours and can be completed in two years. Our program focuses on teaching, research and learning. It integrates literature, composition, media and digital literacies in secondary schools and higher education. Classes are small and students get individualized attention.  

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Program Overview

Degree granted Master of Education (EdM)
Degree/credentials required for admission Bachelor's degree and minimum 30 hours of content area
Teacher certification granted
Credits required for completion 33
Time to completion 4 to 5 semesters part-time
Program delivery Online
Career opportunities
  • English teachers in a private or overseas school setting
  • Instructors in a college setting
  • Researchers and authors
  • Administrators in higher education settings
Application deadline Preferred deadline of Feb. 1 for fall and Nov. 1 for spring. Rolling after deadline, space dependent.

Non Teacher Certification

Apply to this program if you have substantial English content background (30 hours of content area minimum) and are not interested in obtaining a recommendation for New York State teaching certification. Students that complete this program without certification can teach outside of New York State, internationally and within schools that do not require certification.

Why English Education Studies?

As a student in this program you will:

  • read, analyze, and discuss current theory and practice
  • explore approaches to literature, composition, media, and technology
  • engage in numerous multimodal and technological projects
  • create unit plans in the context of current standards and assessment movements
  • participate in individualized capstone projects

Program Requirements

English education is concerned with the teaching of literature and composition in secondary schools and colleges and universities. This program takes a broad humanistic approach and emphasizes research and practice in language, writing, and response to literature. Students study theory, research, and practice.

Required Courses (21 credit hours)

  • LAI 512: Readings in Multicultural Literature
  • LAI 514: Adolescent Writing Across Curriculum
  • LAI 517: Popular Culture in the ELA Classroom
  • LAI 519: Research in Writing
  • LAI 537: Language, Diversity and Literacy
  • LAI 580: Literature for Young Adults
  • LAI 700: Capstone

Content Electives (12 credit hours)

  • LAI 515: Research in Literature Teaching and Learning
  • LAI 574: Teaching the Exceptional Learner
  • LAI 576: Literacy and Technology
  • LAI 603: Developing Curriculum for the Emerging Adolescent
  • LAI 552: Middle Childhood - Adolescent Theory

Please note: a grade of B- or higher is required for all coursework in the English Education Studies Non Teacher Certification Online program.


Application Requirements (U.S.)

Applications are considered for fall and spring admission. All online programs have a preferred* deadline of February 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. After the preferred deadline has passed, admission is rolling for domestic applicants on a space available basis. Admission is competitive: your academic record, written statements and interviews are basic components.  Seats are limited so apply early. Students accepted after all spots are filled will be placed on a waiting list and will be formally admitted to the program when a space becomes available.

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and an interest in English education at the graduate level.

Domestic Applicants
To be reviewed for admission, applicants must submit the following:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Transcripts of all previous academic work uploaded to the online application. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • All supporting documents required for review must be uploaded and attached to your online application.
  • Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name. If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 2-4 weeks. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.

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University Computing Standards

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband  connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.