Teaching of English MA INSTEP

Master of Arts Intensive Summer Teaching of English Program (InSTEP) (34 Points)

The 34 point InSTEP Program in the Teaching of English is an Intensive Summer MA Program over three consecutive summers in New York City. Come together with a select group of experienced English educators from around the country and around the world to take advantage of Teachers College, Columbia University's highly regarded English Education program.  We also draw on the full range of cultural resources in New York City in the interest of furthering your own professional, intellectual, and aesthetic development. This program stresses teacher inquiry, the integration of the language arts with the performing and fine arts, and a focus on intellectual processes in reading, writing, and literary study. InSTEP courses are taught by members of Teachers College faculty in English Education.

Our InSTEP Program

Visit with students and faculty of the Intensive Summer Teaching of English Program (InSTEP).

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 34
  • Entry Terms: Summer Only


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  • Non-Certification Track

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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Students, all of whom are inservice teachers, complete most course requirements for the INSTEP PROGRAM (which are similar to the 34 credit M.A. program) through their enrollment in an intensive monthlong summer program for two consecutive summers during which they work in a cohort of inservice teachers for 6-8 hours each day. The program emphasizes aesthetic education through a course collaboration with Lincoln Center Educational Institute that is followed up with involvement in successive courses and the students’ final project based on research on classroom practice. Threaded through the coursework are emphases on issues of culture and social justice, innovative teaching methods, and teacher professionalism. Supplementary online courses for each cohort conducted during the academic year after summers 1 & 2 allow the cohorts to continue their collegial collaboration during the academic year while satisfying the few remaining requirements.

InSTEP is a 34-point program offering an MA, but not a professional certificate. It is geared for teachers who want to continue to work on their teaching through advanced studies at Teachers College, but don’t wish to stop teaching to do so. It is a cohort program that follows this prescribed schedule:

Summer 1

  • A&H 4033 English & the Language of Arts

  • A&HE 4151 Teaching of Writing

  • A&HE 4050 Literature & Teaching 

  • A&HE 5518 Teaching English in Diverse Sociocultural Contexts

Fall  1

A&H 5001 Research Methods in Arts & Humanities


Spring 1

  • A&HE 4556 Seminar for Inservice Teachers

Summer 2

  • A&HE 4058 Teaching of Reading

  • A&HE 4100 Teaching Drama & Theater

  • A&HE 4152 Literacies & Technologies in the Secondary English Classroom

  • A&HE 4052 Adolescents and Literature

Fall 2 

  • A&HE 4156 & 5590 Writing Non-Fiction & Master’s Seminar (3 + 1 = 4 credits)

The capstone project is a form of practitioner research that is developed during the first fall semester and completed in the second fall semester.

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