About this Program

This emphasis provides students with an opportunity to delve more deeply into the fields of literature, composition, and linguistics while developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement equity pedagogy in the secondary and post-secondary English class.

Program Highlights

  • Invites participants in the program to strengthen their disciplinary understandings, pursuing graduate-level coursework in literature, linguistics, and rhetoric and composition

  • Allows participants in the program to select methods courses that will most support them in their growth as teachers of English (These courses include Pedagogy and Instructional Design; Teaching Literature; Teaching Composition, Grades 6-12; Teaching College Composition; Methods and Materials in TESOL; Creative Writing Pedagogy etc.)

  • Includes field experiences in schools as well as in university and community programs that aim to empower readers and writers

  • Provides opportunities for participants in the program to learn to write as teachers of English through designing lessons and units as well as crafting blog posts, essays, and articles that propose innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the English class

  • Prepares participants in the program to share their ideas about teaching and learning in the English class at local and national conferences that support secondary and post-secondary English teachers in their growth as practitioners and researchers of English education

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Arts
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Instructional Coordinators

$66,680 Median Salary

Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology in specialized fields that provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. Includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$62,860 Median Salary

Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,660 Median Salary

Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Education Teachers, Postsecondary

$72,410 Median Salary

Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


What are the requirements to apply for Teaching of English at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Arts program in Teaching of English should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Graduate Assistantships

Students have the option of applying for a Graduate Assistantship offering a stipend against tuition while gaining experience in research, tutoring, or in the classroom.


Associate Professor

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