The Department of Educational Theory and Practice (ETAP) is a vibrant and inclusive community of students and faculty. In this community, students and faculty dream and challenge, create and examine, test and implement the best of what education can be to meet the contemporary learning needs of society wherever those arise.

ETAP faculty have built working relations with schools, universities, businesses, corporations, and government agencies locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The Department offers programs for advanced study and research in Language and Literacy, Instructional Design and Technology, Mathematics and Science education, Teaching and Learning, and Curriculum and Instruction.

Information Night for the Master of Science in Secondary Education Program
Please join us on Wednesday, March 23 from 6:30 to 8 pm in the School of Education building, room 335, to learn more about the profession of teaching at the secondary level, employment opportunities, and the University at Albany degree and certification requirements. All are welcome to attend!

ETAP Faculty Named Distinguished Professor
Dr. Istvan Kecskes, Professor in the Department of Education Theory and Practice, has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees. He joins Dr. Daniel Levy of Educational Administration and Policy Studies and emeriti faculty Arthur Applebee, Judith Langer, and Frank Vellutino as the fifth School of Education professor to receive this prestigious designation.

Master of Science Degree in TESOL
This program is appropriate for international students planning to teach English as a foreign language (EFL) in their home country or elsewhere. It is also recommended for U.S. students who would like to teach English overseas or to adults or at college level in the U.S.
MS degree in TESOL.

ETAP Program Application Due Dates
ETAP program application due dates are now posted for 2016. Please check with the ETAP Department to see if any of our programs are accepting applications past the posted deadlines. 
ETAP application due dates by program.

UAlbany School of Education Online Programs Ranked 
Among Best
The University at Albany's School of Education has been recognized as the 14th ranked online graduate degree program in the nation, according to US News & World Report rankings just released. The School of Education is the top-ranked public online graduate program in New York State, with only one private institution ranked higher.

Our full-time faculty members engage in numerous national and international publication and service activities. Along with their own publication activity, thay serve as reviewers for conference proposals, journal manuscripts, and textbooks. As one representation of this professional service, the following list indicates past and current work as editorial, advisory and/or review board members


Computers in Human Behavior (Bangert-Drowns)
Educational Technology Research and Development
International Journal of Multilingualism (Kecskes)
Journal of Intercultural Pragmatics (Kecskes - Editor)
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (Shea – Assoc. Editor)
Journal of Research on Technology in Education
Journal of Writing Assessment (Yagelski)
Language Learning and Technology (Meskill)
Advisory Board member for the journal English Education (Yagelski)


Career Awards

Langer – Reading Hall of Fame, Presidential Award for Lifetime Career Achievement (Hofstra University), Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge (State University of New York), Honorary Doctorate (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Excellence in Research

Langer - Richard H. Meade Award for Outstanding Research, National Council of Teachers of English, University at Albany and State University of New York Chancellor’s Award

Early Career Award

Bangert-Drowns – Hinsdale Scholar Award for Scholarship and Professional Promise, University of Michigan

Wilcox – Faculty Diversity Award-SUNY

Scholarship Awards

Kecskes - Distinguished Professor (State University of New York)

Langer - Distinguished Professor (State University of New York ), Distinguished Professor (University of Trondheim, Norway), Distinguished Visiting Scholar (Turku University, Finland) and Invited Professor (Swedish Research Council)

Teaching Awards

Yagelski – Purdue University and University at Albany

Leadership Awards

Shea – EDUCAUSE Award for Systematic Progress in Teaching & Learning

Awards for Outstanding Articles/Books/Software

Bangert-Drowns – Journal of Educational Research

Kecskes – Publishers’ Excellence

Kecskes - Situation-Bound Utterances in L1 and L2 Berlin: Morton de Gruyter

Langer – Albert J. Harris Award, International Reading Association

Rodgers – American Educational Research Association – Division K


Kecskes - Rockefeller Foundation

Kecskes - Mitteleuropa Foundation, Bolzano, Italy

Langer – APA, Natl. Conference on Research in English, Rockefeller Foundation, Distinguished Benton Fellow (University of Chicago)

Distinguished Service Positions

Bangert-Drowns – Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UAlbany School of Education   


The 2016 AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting will take place from April 8-12 in Washington, D.C. Many ETAP faculty and students will be attending.

Education Theory and Practice program application deadlines have been announced for 2015-16. Programs include the following:

MSSE (Master of Science in Secondary Education

TESOL Certification

CDIT (Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology)

COLT (Certificate of Graduate Study in Online Learning and Teaching)

General Education

MS ETP (Master of Science in Educational Theory and Practice for English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages)

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction)

CAS (Certificate of Advanced Study)

TESOL Non Certification

EFL Certificate (English as a Foreign Language Certificate of Graduate Studies)

Non Matriculated

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    Prospective students, please contact the Pathways Into Education Center, (518) 442-5090.

    Non-degree students looking for advisement and permission numbers, please contact (518) 442-5090.

    Masters students seeking AVN's and course permission numbers, please contact (518) 442-5037.

    Please send questions or comments to:

    The Department of Educational Theory and Practice
    School of Education
    University at Albany
    1400 Washington Ave.
    Albany, NY 12222, USA
    Phone: (518) 442-5020
    FAX: (518) 442-5008