M.A. in Teaching English Language Arts

This degree is intended for American teachers in U. S. schools in grades K-13 who are interested in learning more about effective teaching of literacy (writing, reading/literature, and language/linguistics) and applying their learning to their own teaching. The broad-based program allows students to combine work from several university resources, including courses in English, Literacy Education, and the Boise State Writing Project.  The program works within the teacher’s current instructional context to connect research and theory in literacy learning with effective classroom teaching practices.


  • People come together when they read and write, speak and listen, view texts and share in their languages.
  • People build and link communities, which in turn, gives the literacies and the language arts people use both meaning and value.


  • Teachers model and mentor others in how literacies and the language arts can create opportunities and direction for community members to learn together, particularly from one another’s differences.
  • Community leaders help the group set a common direction, name what matters, share power and participation, and draw on each person’s strengths, resources, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds.


  • Change is not forced. Change is made possible by the freedom people offer one another to try different perspectives, to acknowledge and challenge our own assumptions, and to revise our thoughts and actions.
  • The processes of the language arts (of writing, reading, viewing, speaking, listening, and using language) offer multiple invitations for people to invent and innovate, to re-see and re-visit, to be open and curious, and to adapt and reflect.

For information on contributing to the local community, check out the work we do with the Boise State Writing Project.