The MA in English responds to the needs of four groups of students: those interested in gaining a generalist background in graduate English studies, students wanting to concentrate on literature, students seeking secondary English certification or desiring to enhance their existing skills in teaching English, and students who want to teach English to speakers of other languages.
Each of the four options for the M.A. requires 36 credit hours, either of course work (twelve courses) or a combination of course work and an internship or thesis. Each option has its own set of requirements for distributing those 36 hours, and each has its own admissions committee. Students applying for admission must indicate which degree option they wish to pursue.
The generalist (MA/GEN) option is designed for students who wish to take course work in several areas of English to attain a balanced background in the discipline and gain preparation for more advanced doctoral work, for teaching at the community-college level, or for a career in such professional fields as publishing or translation. The literature (MA/LIT) option is for active professionals who wish to further their expertise in literature and for students who wish to prepare for work on a PhD in literature and criticism. The teaching English (MA/TE) option is for in-service secondary English teachers who wish advanced in-depth study in the teaching of English and for students with the bachelor’s degree in English (or its equivalent) who wish to pursue initial Secondary English certification. The MA/TESOL option prepares students in the theory and practice of teaching English to speakers of other languages in a variety of settings within (English as a Second Language) and outside (English as a Foreign Language) the United States.
IUP’s MA in English has courses available in both summer sessions and during the academic year. As there is no specific residency requirement for the MA at IUP, students are not required to attend the program full time during the academic year; some of the work may be accomplished over the course of several summers—although certain courses required in several of the programs are offered only during the normal academic year. However, the final six credits must be taken at IUP. Students attending full time can complete the MA in English in as little as a single year or may spread their work out over two or three years. Thus, the MA in English at IUP offers the advantages of both professional focus and personal flexibility.
The Composition and Literature (MA Comp-Lit) option is designed for students who wish to combine coursework in composition and literary studies - the two primary subfields of the English discipline - in order to pursue teaching at the community-college level or for beginning advanced doctoral work. The MA Comp Lit curriculum features a unique focus on pedagogies of writing and literature to prepare graduates to meet the demands of the contemporary job market.
MA/Composition and Literature Course Requirements:
Required (3 cr.)
Choose one course: (3 cr.)
Choose one course: (3 cr.)
Three additional semester hours of electives approved by the MA program coordinator. Any MA-level course offered in composition or literature not already applied to a program requirement may be taken. Up to three credit hours may be taken outside of the English Department.
The Master of Arts/Literature (MA/LIT) is designed for students who wish to further their expertise in literature and for students who wish to prepare for work on a PhD in British and American literature and criticism. The MA/LIT option introduces students to a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches to traditional and nontraditional literary works.
MA/Literature Course Requirements:
One course from among the following offerings:
Three courses from among the following:
Six semester hours approved by the director of Graduate Studies in Literature from other graduate offerings in Literature, courses in Composition and TESOL, or courses outside the department in a related and appropriate field. With the approval of a thesis advisor, a student may, as part of this requirement, register for six hours of ENGL 795 Thesis.
Total Credit Hours 36 cr.
The Master of Arts/Teaching English (MA/TE) is a 36-semester-hour degree program that involves the study of the research on teaching literature, composition, and language, through both academic course work and supervised field experiences. The MA/TE program, which reflects recent studies of teacher development, is designed for in-service secondary English teachers who wish advanced, in-depth study in the teaching of English. Also, it is designed to meet the needs of persons with a bachelor’s degree in English (or its equivalent) who wish to pursue initial English teaching certification. In addition to enrolling in the 36 semester hours of course work, students seeking initial certification must complete six semester hours of student teaching. Thus, the MA/TE with certification will entail a total of 42 semester hours of course work and student teaching.
MA/Teaching English Course Requirements:
And one additional course from the following, approved by the director of Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL, or designee:
* Recommended for students seeking initial certification.
Note: Students seeking initial certification as secondary teachers must take EDEX 650; EDSP 577; and EDSP 573, EDSP 578, or EDSP 704 to satisfy Pennsylvania Department of Education certification requirements. One of the above will count as a Professional Elective.
Six semester hours to be chosen from graduate courses in the English Department or the College of Education and Educational Technology—approved by the director of Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL, or designee.
Note: Students who have not had an undergraduate or graduate course in Adolescent Literature must take ENGL 518 Adolescent Literature to meet a certification requirement.
Note: Students seeking initial certification as secondary teachers must also student teach, as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. (Additional 6 cr.)
Total Credit Hours MA/TE 36 cr.
Total Credit Hours with Initial Certification 42 cr.
The Master of Arts/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA/TESOL) is designed to prepare students to teach English as a second or foreign language within the guidelines established by the professional organization, TESOL. The program combines theory and practice as well as a variety of approaches.
MA/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Course Requirements:
Students take two of the following courses:
Students choose any three from the following courses:
Students choose two other courses (500 level or higher).
Total Credits 36 cr.
Doctor of Philosophy Programs
There are two distinct doctoral programs in English, one in Literature and Criticism and one in Composition and TESOL. Both programs lead to a Doctor of Philosophy in English.
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