BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo’s Graduate
School of Education (GSE) will offer two new fully online
master’s degree programs beginning in January, one in English
Education and one in Music Education.
The programs are designed to conform to the requirements
outlined by the New York State Education Department and the Teacher
Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
The master’s degree in English Education is a
33-credit-hour program designed for individuals with initial
teaching certification who need professional New York State
certification, according to GSE administrators. The program is
grounded in theory, research and practice for the 21st century.
Students will have opportunities to conduct research in their
local schools, creating a pathway to publish their work and present
at local, state and national conferences. Interested students must
have prior teaching certification before applying to the
“For those interested in teaching literature, composition
and digital media in secondary schools and at the college level,
this new program in English Education offers a great opportunity to
advance toward a more rewarding career as a teacher leader,”
says Suzanne Miller, PhD, and chair of UB’s Department of
Learning and Instruction.
“The degree offers tremendous flexibility for those who
work during the day and provides a broad humanistic approach in
classes on written and digital composing, integrating multi-genre
approaches to literary study and inquiry into one’s own
Through this EdM program, students who have initial
certification at the adolescence level will qualify for
professional certification at the middle child and adolescence
The master’s degree in Music Education is a 33-credit
program designed for those who hold initial certification to teach
school music and need professional New York State certification
(EdM Professional), as well as international students seeking a
master’s degree in music education.
Taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty and
seasoned practitioners, the coursework is grounded in music
learning theory and is identical to the program offered on-campus.
The program can be completed on a part-time basis in two years, and
offers students the option of including summer sessions on campus
should they desire to do that.
“The new fully online program in music education will help
empower musicians with in-depth study of the psychology of learning
as an overarching framework for active music making,” says
Maria Runfola, PhD, associate professor and program director.
“We aim to prepare leaders in the field who are able to
thrive in a challenging and rapidly changing educational
environment and who have command of subject matter knowledge,
pedagogical knowledge and pedagogical-content knowledge.”
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and students
will be accepted based on space availability for fall or spring
semesters. Applications are still being accepted for spring
2014, but spaces are limited, so those interested in beginning this
spring semester are encouraged to apply immediately.
For more information on these programs or to apply, go to http://gse.buffalo.edu/online/english