Are you a high school teacher looking to boost your qualifications to teach dual credit courses in composition?

Our M.S. Ed. program offers a concentration in composition that provides coursework for high school teachers seeking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this field in order to satisfy Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirements for instructors of dual credit courses. The program requires 36-credit hours of graduate level work.

It meets the required accreditation outcomes, prepares candidates with required research skills, guarantees that curriculum needs are met and adds the recognition of a concentration in composition to the M.S.Ed. degree.

Required Courses

Core Courses - 12 credit hours
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-H 520 Education and Social Issues 3
EDUC-P 507 Assessment in Schools 3
EDUC-J 500 Instruction in Context of Curriculum 3
EDUC-S 590 Research in Secondary Education 3
Secondary Education Courses - 4 credit hours
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
EDUC-S 514 Advanced Study in the Teaching of Reading in the Junior High and Secondary Schools 3
And any one (1) of the following as approved by program advisor:
EDUC-W 505 Professional Development Workshop: variable title 1
EDUC-K 590 Independent Study or Research in Special Education 1
Composition Studies Courses - 20 credit hours
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
Consult with your English Program Advisor to select 5 courses that complement the desired discipline or subfield.
ENG-W 509 Writing and Literacy Studies 4
ENG-W 500 Teaching Composition: Issues and Approaches 4
ENG-G 660 Stylistics 4
ENG-L 646 Readings in Media/Literature/Culture 4
Any one (1) of the following:
ENG-W 510 Computers in Composition 4
ENG-W 553 Theory and Practice of Exposition 1-3
ENG-W 590 Teaching Composition; Theories & Application 4
ENG-W 620 Advanced Argumentative Writing 4
ENG-W 501 Teaching College Writing 4
ENG-W 600 Topics in Rhetoric & Composition 4
Any one (1) of the following:
ENG-R 546 Rhetoric and Culture 4
ENG-W 682 Special Topics: Rhetoric & Composition 4



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Lisa Hoffman Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor

Hillside Hall 20B
Phone: (812) 941-2137


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Gregory Roberts M.A.

Assistant to the Dean, School of Arts and Letters
Lead Academic Advisor, School of Arts & Letters
BAS & BIS Coordinator – Applied Science

Knobview Hall 110U
Phone: (812) 941-2584