Northeastern Illinois University

College of Education

Master of Science in Instruction :Language Arts - Secondary Education


5500 N. St. Louis Avenue

Graduate Admissions, Room D-101D

Chicago, IL 60625

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.I. - Language Arts - Secondary Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Instruction: Language Arts Program is designed to offer professional development to classroom teachers who are interested in updating and refining their teaching competencies in the areas of Language Arts and English instruction at the secondary level. Graduates of this program will have updated and advanced knowledge of the theoretical foundations of literacy and language acquisition, principles of curriculum planning and development, and language arts research, as well as instructional strategies for enhancing young people’s acquisition of reading, writing, listening, and speaking competencies in culturally diverse classrooms. Throughout the program there is an emphasis on enhancing teachers’ leadership skills in developing and implementing language arts and English curricula. Within this program, students complete coursework in two areas: • A professional core composed of coursework in literacy foundations (theory and pedagogy), curriculum development, cultural diversity, assessment, media technology, and research. • A concentration in language arts with interdisciplinary coursework in education, reading, English, linguistics, and/or speech. Professional Core................................................ 18 cr. EDFN 416 Cultural Pluralism and the Schools....3 cr. SCED 401E New Directions in the Teaching of English at the Junior-Senior High School....3 cr. ELED 430 Trends and Issues in Assessment....3 cr. EDFN 442 Media Technology for Educators....3 cr. LTCY 402 Issues in Literacy Instruction....3 cr. SCED 421L Research in the Teaching of Language Arts....3 cr. Language Arts Concentration............................ 18 cr. SCED 407B Teaching Multicultural Literature In Middle And Secondary Schools....3cr. LTCY 506 Writing Instruction As Related To Reading In Middle & High Schools....3 cr. LING 401 Fundamentals of Modern Linguistics Or TESL 402 Principles of Linguistics for Teachers....3 cr. Three Electives selected from English Literature, Creative Writing, Composition, TESL, Linguistics....9 cr.


The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Education (NCATE), the premier accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education. This means that our programs and our faculty undergo a rigorous peer review process every seven years. Our theme, COE Professionals; Reflective, Collaborative, Transformative, underpins our emphasis on our performance standards aligned with the Illinois Standards for School Professionals (IPTS). Our programs in School and Community Counseling are not only recognized by NCATE but they undergo a separate peer review process and are accredited by CACREP, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. So, you can see that the COE at NEIU represents the highest standards of professional excellence, commitment to diversity, and collaboration with each other and with our local community.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): In-state $364.60 Out-of-state $671.60 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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