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Master's for English (ELA) Teachers

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is July 15, 2024.

Guaranteed 65% scholarship

Online learning options

Teach the school year following enrollment

Program overview

Few careers give people the opportunity to impact individuals and their communities like teaching. Can you think of an English teacher who made a difference in your life? Would you like to become that kind of teacher? Warner will prepare you to become an innovative English language arts (ELA) teacher, empowered and able to help all students succeed.

Our teacher preparation programs offer the shortest path to NYS initial and professional teaching certification and a guaranteed 65% tuition scholarship.

All of the master's degree programs described below prepare candidates for NYS initial and professional teaching certification in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) as a Specialist in English Language Arts (ELA) and are offered at the graduate level only. If you want to complete the master’s program leading to initial teaching certification full-time in 15 months, you must start the program in the summer. 

Key program features

  • Meets All Coursework and Internship Requirements for BOTH Initial and Professional NYS Teaching Certification: In addition, you will need to pass the required state exams and complete the teaching requirements for professional certification.
  • Shortest Program: Preservice teachers can complete the program in 15 months of full-time study (if starting in summer); certified teachers seeking additional certification in ELA may require less time.
  • Focus on ELA Education: Includes four courses as well as internships (taken concurrently with English methods courses) that are specific to teaching English language arts.
  • Focus on Teaching ALL Students: Includes courses on diversity, students with disabilities, and English language learners (ELLs); these required courses may be transferred in for certified teachers.
  • Preparing for Technology-Rich Schools: Includes hybrid-online coursework in technology-rich teaching; options exist to take some courses online to experience this learning modality.
  • Option to Add Specializations: With only a few additional credits required, you can pursue additional NYS certifications or advanced certificates that can strengthen your effectiveness with diverse learners and make you more marketable.

Prerequisites (as required by NYS)

  • A minimum of 30 credits of coursework in English language arts.
  • Undergraduate degree in a liberal art (BA) or science (BS).

Scholarships, Tuition, & Financial Aid

Guaranteed 65% tuition savings

Byron Williams Teaching Scholarships

Partnerships with area colleges


Degree & certification options

I want to obtain a master's degree leading to initial and professional New York State teaching certifications in English.

MS in Adolescence Education: English (Grades 7-12)

I want to obtain a master's degree leading to a professional certification in English.

  • Additional prerequisites: initial certification in English

MS in Professional Study: (English 7-12)

To add an additional content area certification, refer to that content area page

I want to obtain a master's degree leading to a professional certification in my original subject area and my English professional certification.

  • Additional prerequisites: initial certification in a subject area other than English and 30 credits in English

MS in Adolescence Education: English (Grades 7-12)

I want to develop a specialization in one of these areas for as few as three additional credits.

Urban Teaching & Leadership

Teacher Leadership

Online Teaching

Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools

I want to add English as a second New York State certification.

  • Additional prerequisites: a master’s degree; can be completed concurrently

Advanced Certificate in Adolescence Education: English (grades 7-12)

Customize your degree

Our degrees are designed to meet your interests and career aspirations. Whether you want to add an advanced certificate or specialize in a distinct area of emphasis, we can help craft the best option for you.

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is July 15, 2024.

University of Rochester Teacher Residency Programs

ROC Urban Teaching Fellows Program and Monroe Regional Teacher Residency Consortium are a paid teacher residency programs designed to collaboratively prepare and sustain skilled teachers to effectively serve the varied needs of students, families, and school communities.

  • 1 year paid teacher residency while studying
  • $15,000 toward tuition
  • Earn your Master's in Teaching with Initial Certification
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Program Director

Valerie Marsh

Associate Professor (Clinical), Assistant Director Center for Urban Education Success, Director GRADE Program

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Take a course before you apply to one of our programs for a discounted price. Inquire with admissions to learn about credits that also apply toward degree requirements.

Related certificates and degrees

Related Advanced Certificates

Opportunities for additional specializations with minimum additional credits required.

  • NYS Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership
  • Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching
  • NYS Certification in TESOL
  • Advanced Certificate in Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities (10 credits)

Related degrees

  • MS in Reading & Literacy
  • Doctoral Programs Focusing on English Education
  • GRADE Program for Undergraduate Applicants

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