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 achieve your professional goals.  

Our English education studies program is a part-time program, comprised of 33 credit hours, that can be completed in two years on campus, online or via hybrid course delivery (online/on campus combination). 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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Why English Education Studies at UB?

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 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 On campus, online or hybrid
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 Priority Deadlines
Fall: Feb. 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling
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.

Program Coursework

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

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

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Contact information for two references
  • Statement of education and career goals

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.

Admission 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.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test 
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.