UNI to offer Teaching English in Secondary Schools Master of Arts primarily at a distance

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for its Teaching English in Secondary Schools (TESS) Master of Arts degree program, scheduled to begin January 2018. This program is designed for middle and high school teachers (including dual credit teachers), offering high-quality courses taught by faculty who excel in teaching and scholarship.

“The MA in TESS helps develop teacher-leaders in English for Iowa and beyond. Coursework, projects and individual research all engage students in issues and approaches that apply directly to the classroom,” says program coordinator Anne Myles. “Recent TESS members have praised the program as life-changing and often say they gain as much from the collaborative relationships they establish with other teachers in the cohort as they do from the classes themselves.”

The program includes coursework and instruction in the areas of English education and pedagogy, writing practice and pedagogy, literature study and classroom research strategies/methodologies.

The degree consists of 33 units of credit, which can be earned in seven consecutive semesters. Courses are taken using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence, with the degree to be awarded in the fall of 2020. Courses are offered using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system, and online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. The summer courses include a maximum of one week of in-person instruction on UNI’s campus.

To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/tess. Applications received by Nov. 1 will receive full consideration. For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-2121 or 800-648-3864.


Anne Myles, UNI languages and literatures, 319-273-5965, anne.myles@uni.edu

Carolina Wilson, Continuing and Distance Education, 319-273-2121, carolina.wilson@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu