Department of Languages and Literatures

Teaching English in Secondary Schools M.A. (TESS)

About the Program

TESSThe M.A. in TESS is a unique, cohort-based, degree program designed specifically for active, licensed middle and high school English teachers. It focuses on areas including English education pedagogy, writing practice and pedagogy, literature study, and classroom research strategies and methodologies. Classes are delivered “live online” over eight consecutive semesters, with classes held on Wednesday evenings during the fall and spring semesters and more intensively in the daytime during two summer sessions. Up to one week of on-campus time at UNI is typically required (during the summers only). New cohorts begin approximately every two years.

Teacher licensure is a prerequisite (and a secondary English/Language Arts endorsement is a prerequisite or corequisite) for completing the program approval process for this emphasis. A licensed teacher who lacks a secondary English/Language Arts endorsement should consult at once with the English Graduate Coordinator in order to plan appropriate coursework, which may include one or more courses in addition to the minimum requirements for the emphasis. Each student's program of study for this emphasis requires the approval of the English Graduate Coordinator.

Interested in TESS? Find out the latest by visiting the "Express Your Interest" page. Questions regarding admission and program requirements may be directed to Dr. Karen Tracey, Graduate Coordinator. Click here for information on UNI's on-campus English M.A. program.

TESS -- Reading, Writing, Leading