The University of Pittsburgh offers an online Master of Education in Instruction and Learning with a concentration in English and Communications ideal for graduate students who want a professional degree to enhance their work in English Language and Literacy Education. This program integrates research, theory and practice for beginning or experienced secondary teachers. The online curriculum follows that of the on-campus program; however, course offerings may slightly differ.
The Master of Education in Instruction and Learning is a 36 credit hour program. Course work includes: nine hours of Basic School of Education courses, five courses in the major field, three courses of electives, and a MEd Research Seminar. Elective courses should be chosen to increase the student’s awareness of linguistics, literature, film, and sociology. Therefore these courses are not taken through the School of Education.
Those hoping to enroll in the online program should be aware that taking an oral comprehensive examination is also required. This fulfills the following goals: determines the student’s eligibility to be awarded the master’s degree; provides an indication of the student’s depth of knowledge in selected fields; and provides evidence of the student’s ability to relate content fields to theoretical, research, and practical applications. Two faculty members proctor this examination.
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