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Teaching English Language Arts


The Master of Arts in Teaching English Language Arts is designed to enhance the professional knowledge and teaching skills of practicing teachers from elementary through community college who are interested in supporting their students’ achievement in literacy.  The broad-based program may combine work from several university resources, including courses in English, Literacy Education, and the Boise State Writing Project.  The program works within the teacher’s current instructional context to connect research and theory in literacy learning with effective classroom teaching practices.

Three major strands in the program requirements (writing/composing, reading/literature, language) reflect the three areas of concentration required by the national standards for English language arts teachers including the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and required by the National Professional Board of Teaching Standards (NPBTS).

Contact Information

Jim Fredricksen
Graduate Program Coordinator
English Department
1910 University Dr., Boise, ID  83725-1525


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching English Language Arts, M.A.

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
  3. At least two years of successful teaching experience.
  4. A statement of 500-1000 words describing your professional goals and the ways in which the program can help you achieve them.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from people who can describe your academic ability and your experience with commitment to effective teaching.

Application and Materials Deadline

Contact the program for more information.