Master's in English Education

The English Education concentration at UIC is a 2-3 year program committed to exploring with our students the many ways in which they as teachers can share with young people their passion for the joys, challenges, and potentials of reading and writing.

We believe that language arts teachers can make a real difference in their students' lives, that helping young people grow as literate persons can help them live more thoughtfully and reflectively, that it can inspire them to act more effectively as citizens in a democratic society, that it can help them make meaningful, positive connections with diverse groups of people, and that it can open doors for those who aspire toward certain academic and employment goals.

Our vision for English teacher education is informed by our long-term experience as secondary school teachers, by our regular presence in Chicago-area schools, and by observing and listening to our graduates about what is needed to develop successful English teachers in secondary classrooms.

Students in our program have the option of pursuing teaching certification that certifies to teach English language arts in an Illinois public school, grades 6-12. If, after earning IL Certification, the student wants to teach in another state, he/she can usually get certified in another state by taking that state's teacher certification tests. Those test scores, along with their IL certification, allows them to get certification in another state.


David Schaafsma, Associate Professor, Director Email:
Todd DeStigter, Associate Professor Email:
Kathy Ruhl, Lecturer and Program Administrator Email:
Kate Manski, Lecturer and Field Instructor Email:
Kim Williams, Field Instructor Email:
Sarah Rutter, Field Supervisor and Advisor Email:
Brian Charest, Field Instructor and Comp Instructor Email:

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