Master of Arts in Teaching English (5-12)
Become an English teacher and earn your master’s degree online. The online English master’s degree combines preparation for licensure as a middle school or high school English teacher with coursework to earn a master’s degree. You will become a highly qualified English teacher prepared to meet state and national teaching standards with the credentials to set you apart from day one.
WGU is the first exclusively online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure, a testament to the fact that WGU graduates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.
The M.A. in Teaching, English program prepares a student to receive a Secondary English 6-12 license in the state of Tennessee. Click here for additional details about Tennessee licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree, with a major in English or the equivalent, who want to become certified middle grades or secondary school teachers and earn a master's degree.
- Unlicensed teachers, substitute teachers, career changers, retired military personnel, school paraprofessionals, and others with bachelor’s degrees who feel the call to teach.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Demonstration teaching and the cohort seminar are offered twice each year, in the fall and spring. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our English education program with significant input from experts and educational leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. In this online master’s degree in English education, you’ll learn all the essential skills and knowledge needed. This program includes the following areas of study, supervised practice teaching in an actual classroom, and completion of a capstone project.
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Foundations of Teaching
Instructional Planning and Presentation
Demonstration Teaching (includes practice teaching)
Experience in a classroom is an invaluable part of becoming a highly qualified teacher. Your in-classroom experience will help you elevate the academic knowledge and teaching skills you’ve developed into a practical way of effectively and confidently tackling the challenges of your own classroom.
The online M.A. in Teaching English also requires the successful completion of a professional portfolio.
Your professional portfolio is something to be proud of – it will include your resume and Philosophy of Teaching Statement and serve as a way to showcase the skills you have acquired throughout your program and demonstration teaching. You'll take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation by recommending strategies for effectively handling actual issues you'll face in the workplace.