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English Education

English Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Courses Offered

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Course List

A&HE 4050 Literature and Teaching

An examination of multiple approaches to reading traditional and contemporary texts using theory, criticism, and textual practices.

A&HE 4051 Critical Approaches to Literature

Literary selections are examined through various critical frameworks emphasizing the way texts are constructed and how readers negotiate meaning with texts.

A&HE 4052 Adolescents and literature

This course focuses on young adult literature, including discussions on issues of adolescent diversity, urban experience, gender and the teaching of adolescents, and literature.

A&HE 4053 Cultural perspectives and literature

Contemporary literary selections are explored within particular socio-cultural contexts, including geographical, ethnic, and political perspectives.

A&HE 4057 English methods

This course focuses on practical aspects of teaching English, including lesson and unit plans, effective teaching strategies, evaluation and assessment, curriculum design, and integration of language arts.

A&HE 4058 Teaching of reading

The course focuses on helping teachers examine theoretical and pedagogical principles relevant to teaching literary and non-literary texts with emphasis on helping struggling adolescent and young adult readers.

A&HE 4100 Teaching Drama and Theater

Students will examine challenges and opportunities in the production, performance, and the educative power of drama.

A&HE 4151 Teaching of writing

The course integrates theory and practice for teachers. Topics include the textual character of genres, critical perspectives on writing instruction, research on writing, evaluation and assessment of writing, and classroom methods for teaching writing. This course is taught with A&HE 4156, Writing: Nonfiction, as part of a 6-credit block.

A&HE 4152 Literacies and technologies in the secondary English classroom

This course focuses on how new technologies have impacted and enabled emerging practices in the learning and teaching of English.

A&HE 4156 Writing: Nonfiction

A non-fiction writing workshop. This course is taught as part of 6 credit block with A&HE 4151: Teaching of writing.

A&HE 4550 Teaching of poetry

Experience in reading and writing poetry, designing curriculum, and determining effective teaching practices.

A&HE 4551 Teaching of Shakespeare

An examination of diverse theoretical perspectives and pedagogical principles for teaching Shakespeare.

A&HE 4556 Seminar for Inservice Teachers

This seminar is designed to support practicing teachers as they compose and expand their teaching lives. The seminar will provide teachers with a community of colleagues with whom they can explore instructional strategies, pedagogy, and the challenges of contemporary teaching. This course is ordinarily offered online for students in the INSTEP MA program only. Offered fall semester only.

A&HE 4557 Seminar in the Teaching of English

This course will offer experienced teachers an opportunity to revisit, reimagine and re-articulate those principles and methods at the core of what they do in the classroom. Each semester, the course will concentrate on one of the following: the Teaching of Writing (critical perspectives on writing instruction, research on writing, evaluation and assessment of writing, and classroom methods for teaching writing), the Teaching of Reading (critical issues in the teaching of literary and non-literary texts) or English Methods (approaches to unit and course design, the integration of language arts). Students are encouraged to experience each concentration.

A&HE 4561 Teaching narrative and story

An examination of narrative theories, narrative design, and philosophies of composition.

A&HE 4750 Supervised teaching of English

Majors only. Students may satisfy state certification requirements by participating in the supervised teaching program in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students should plan to reserve part of each day Monday through Friday for classroom experience.

A&HE 4751 Fieldwork and observation in secondary English

Majors only. A series of guided observations of schools, teachers, and students, which are supplemented by opportunities to report and systematically reflect on observations.

A&HE 4904 Independent study in teaching English

Permission of instructor required. Research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others.

A&HE 5149 Research Writing: Genres, Techniques, and Connections

Examines the conventions and practices of discourse communities, including the philosophical and intellectual traditions that influence the writing and publication of research.

A&HE 5150 Research in practice

Examines the role of practitioner qualitative research in knowledge production, teaching, and learning.

A&HE 5151 Perspectives on "popular" texts in English classrooms

This course examines "popular" texts and popular culture through modern and post-modern theoretical lenses.

A&HE 5154 Rhetoric and teaching

The course examines the applicability of rhetorical theories and composition research.

A&HE 5204 Fieldwork in teaching English

Provides opportunities for students to participate in workshops conducted by master practitioners and to develop projects for implementation in schools and other field settings.

A&HE 5504 Research paper: teaching of English

Required of all Ed.M., Ed.D. and Ph.D. students. This course facilitates the writing of a paper representing the results of an independent research project. Usually requires enrollment for 2 semesters, each earning 3 credits.

A&HE 5514 Literature and Literary Study

This course is an advanced seminar in literature and in critical theory as it relates to the reading, writing, and teaching of literature. May include an intensive study of a particular literary text, author, genre, or period.

A&HE 5518 Teaching English in diverse social/cultural contexts

This course examines how gender, class, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation issues may impact learning and teaching in classrooms. This course also emphasizes and models culturally responsive teaching.

A&HE 5590 Master's seminar: Reflective Practice

This course allows students to reflect systematically on their teaching practice, particularly as it relates to taking leadership stances among their colleagues, in their schools, and within their districts. Students will design and implement practice-based research that will document ways they engage and dialogue as literacy leaders. As such, this course serves as a capstone to the Ed M program.

A&HE 6011 The politics of teaching English

An examination of politically-sensitive issues in curriculum, instruction, and assessment with an introduction to political theories that interrogate policy and practice in the English language arts.

A&HE 6015 College teaching of English

An examination of problems and issues in the teaching of English to diverse populations of students in contemporary college classrooms.

A&HE 6151 Narrative Research in English Education

Permission of instructor required. A survey of approaches to and examples of narrative research, including oral history, life history, biography, autobiography, and autoethnography.

A&HE 6152 Advanced narrative research in English education

This advanced course will provide context for students to build on their prior knowledge of various genres of narrative research (biography, autobiography, testimonial, oral history, or life history, for example), to engage in sustained study of a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives that might frame their research, and to develop further their own narrative research projects.

A&HE 6204 Advanced fieldwork in teaching English

Permission of instructor required. Provides opportunities for instructional experimentation and research in classrooms and other field settings.

A&HE 6404 Internship in college teaching of English

Permission of instructor required. Provides opportunities to function in an apprenticeship role in teaching or research in the context of a college English classroom or other field setting.

A&HE 6450 Internship in teaching English

Permission of instructor required. Provides opportunities to function in an apprenticeship role in teaching or research in the context of a secondary English classroom or other field setting.

A&HE 6504 Doctoral seminar: Curriculum Theorizing for English Education

Must be taken at least once during course of doctoral study. Doctoral seminar will focus on research and theory in a special domain of English education. Designed to help students gain expertise in a particular area and to help students develop research projects in that area.

A&HE 6514 Postmodern textual theories

Teachers will examine literary and theoretical texts central to postmodern theory. Students will explore, through a diverse range of means and media, texts deemed pivotal to postmodern approaches and principles.

A&HE 6904 Research and independent study

Permission of instructor required. Advanced research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member. Students work individually or with others.

A&HE 7504 Dissertation seminar: teaching of English

Permission of instructor required. Designed to help students complete an acceptable dissertation proposal.

A&HE 8904 Dissertation advisement in teaching English

Permission of instructor required. All Ed.D. and Ph.D. students upon successful defense of dissertation proposal must be continuously registered for Dissertation Advisement until the final defense of the dissertation.

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