Teaching English in Secondary Schools (TESS) (MA)

The most current cohort schedule is displayed below. Additional cohort schedules include:

2015 Cohort

Tentative course schedule

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Summer 2015

ENGLISH 6233 Workshop: Teaching Writing -- 3 unit(s)

ENGLISH 6100 Introduction to Graduate Study in English -- 3 unit(s)

Introduction to problems, techniques and tools of graduate-level study and research in English; to be completed before 9 hours earned in the M.A. program. Prerequisite(s): written consent of English Graduate Coordinator.

Fall 2015

ENGLISH 6286 Studies in English Education: Milestones -- 3 unit(s)

ENGLISH 6233 Workshop: Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership for Writing and Learning (IWP Level II) -- 3 unit(s)


Spring 2016

ENGLISH 6980 Seminar in the Teaching of English -- 3 unit(s)

Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): 620:201

Topic: Teaching Shakespeare in Secondary Schools

Summer 2016 through Summer 2017 -- 18 unit(s)

Courses to be determined, as selected in consultation with English graduate faculty and TESS cohort students. Six units of coursework (two courses) to be completed each summer; three units of coursework (one course) to be completed each fall and spring.

Examples of courses offered in the past (3 units each):

  • Early American Literature
  • Genre Seminar: Frontiers of Non-Fiction
  • Genre Seminar: The Short Story
  • Genre Seminar: Teaching Contemporary Poetry
  • Iowa Writing Project workshops offered at the 6000-level
  • Performance and Technology in English Teaching
  • Teaching Literature: Considerations & Complications

Fall 2017

ENGLISH 6299 Research

Conduct supervised research on selected topic(s).

-- 3 unit(s)

Iowa Writing Project
Up to six hours of Iowa Writing Project credit may be applied to the degree (excluding ENGLISH 4133/5133). Generally, IWP institutes are offered at a rate less than full tuition.

Course delivery

Fall and spring courses in this program are offered via interactive video conferencing methods (including the Adobe Connect) on Wednesday evenings. Some courses and coursework are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. While most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our online courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.

Two courses each summer include some in-person instruction at UNI, set on a beautiful 900-acre campus. The city of Cedar Falls is a charming community, complete with a nationally recognized historic downtown, more than 100 miles of recreational trails and a variety of cultural and entertainment experiences.

Services and support

Support services such as access to the UNI Rod Library, UNI Financial Aid and technical assistance will be readily available.