Master of Arts in English and Language Arts Education

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Teaching is more than a job: it’s a craft and a calling. Now, you can improve your teaching skills while earning a respected Master of Arts in English and Language Arts Education from the top-ranked College of Education at the University of Iowa, and you can do so in a convenient, 100% online format. 

The English and language arts master’s program is designed for current educators who want to expand their knowledge in current language arts pedagogy, learn new strategies to better accommodate the diversity of their students, and provide leadership in English and language arts education. 

This program develops educators to the best of their abilities and prepares them for leadership in the field. A master’s in education can move you up the payscale, as this degree demonstrates mastery of specialized subject matter, as well as dedication to the art of education. Graduates are positioned to advance their careers in jobs like instructional coach, master teacher, department head, or language arts curriculum coordinator. They can also apply their coursework to a teaching position at a junior or community college (though state requirements may apply). The master’s in English and language arts education online program is guided by the Standards for the English Language Arts, published jointly by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association, which are the United States’ premier organizations for English language arts and literacy educators.

I like the flexibility of an online course, I can do the work at times that work for me. The workload seems appropriate for an accelerated course like this. I think the structure is very intuitive and was easy to figure out.” – Online Student


This innovative program requires 33 credit hours total, which consists of:

  • Program core courses in English language arts pedagogy (24 hours)
  • Additional coursework (6 hours)
  • One capstone course (3 hours)

Students can earn this degree while simultaneously fulfilling their professional obligations for continuing education. Teachers in Iowa can apply credits earned in this course towards ongoing learning requirements for maintaining their licensure, and may also attain the State of Iowa English All endorsement by pursuing the required courses available in this program. Applicants must submit proof of an unexpired teaching license in at least one U.S. state.



About the College of Education

We offer a powerful and personal education within a Big Ten Research Institution. Our graduates go on to become world-class leaders, scholars, and innovators in many different facets of education – from teaching, educational administration and counseling to student development, higher education, measurement and testing, and more. The University of Iowa College of Education’s academic programs are consistently ranked among the best in the state and the nation.

U.S. News & World Report

  • #5 Best Online Education Programs in the Nation
  • #1 College of Education in Iowa
  • #3 Rehabilitation Counseling (2018)
  • #10 Student Counseling and Personnel Services (2019)
  • #12 Higher Education Administration (2019)
  • #28 Best Public College of Education, #40 Best College of Education in U.S. (2019)

National Council on Teacher Quality

  • The Secondary Education Teacher Education Program top 2% in the nation
  • Top 6% — the National Council on Teacher Quality’s (NCTQ) rank for the college’s elementary education program
  • Top 2% — NCTQ’s rank for the college’s secondary education programs




The College of Education faculty teaching in the M.A. in English and Language Arts Education courses are dedicated educators who have both impressive academic credentials and real-world education experience. Meet our Faculty