English & Language Arts Education

Boston University’s Master in Education (EdM) for English and Language Arts provides students with the opportunity to both earn a master’s degree and qualify for professional teaching licensure. Our program is designed for individuals with an initial teaching license or who are interested in teaching outside the public school system.

In our yearlong program, we further advance teachers’ skills through graduate-level coursework in English literature and advanced instructional methods in English education.  In concert with our core faculty advisors, students craft an individualized program of study to most meaningfully advance their teaching knowledge and practice.

Our program:

  • Introduces research-based teaching practices through modeling, discussion, simulation, and video study.
  • Can be completed full-time in two semesters or part-time for a longer duration.
  • Offers optional opportunities for teaching across the year at field experiences in schools and at local nonprofit 826Boston.
  • Supports practicing teachers with evening coursework and assignments embedded in current teaching contexts.
  • Offers personalized academic and career advising with core English education faculty.

Graduates of the EdM program in English Education have gone on to a variety of different roles in and out of schools, and some have used this coursework to prepare to pursue professional licensure.

Additional notes:

  • This program is for students who already have or do not seek licensure. If you wish to pursue initial teaching licensure, then the MAT in English Education is right for you.
  • In the U.S., English Education is a program for those interested primarily in teaching English literature and writing to adolescent students. If you are interested in teaching the English language, then the TESOL or ESL programs might be a better fit for you.

Faculty Contact Information: Professor Christina Dobbs, cdobbs@bu.edu, 617-353-4864
Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.

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.