English & Language Arts Education

Our CAGS program in English & Language Arts Education provides advanced study for candidates who are already licensed to teach English or who do not wish to be licensed and who hold a master’s degree or the equivalent. Students in the CAGS program prepare for careers as supervisors, department chairs, curriculum developers, university instructors, and consultants.

The CAGS program emphasizes both recent research and successful practices in English and language arts education. You will study literature, research on language development, classroom teaching methodology, and service to schools and children. Our program focuses on research findings that help improve instructional methodology, materials, and curriculum. You will examine the art and the craft of teaching language and literature.

Students in the CAGS program may earn a professional license for classroom teaching with the appropriate professional experience while holding an initial teaching license.  The professional license also requires a supervised practicum at the professional licensure level.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the CAGS in English Language Arts Education.
  • Program Duration: One academic year. Duration for part-time students vary.
  • Start Term: You may start the CAGS program in the summer, fall, or spring term.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program and Massachusetts testing requirements, you may be licensed at the professional level to teach English grades 5-8 or 8-12.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires a masters degree or an international equivalent.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Scott Seider, seider@bu.edu, 617-353-3223
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.