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M.A. in English

The M.A. 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 (M.A./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 (M.A./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 Ph.D. in literature and criticism. The teaching English (M.A./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 M.A./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 M.A. in English has courses available in both summer sessions and during the academic year. As there is no specific residency requirement for the M.A. 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 M.A. in English in as little as a single year or may spread their work out over two or three years. Thus, the M.A. in English at IUP offers the advantages of both professional focus and personal flexibility.

Program Requirements

M.A./Composition and Literature

The Composition and Literature (M.A. 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 M.A. 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.

M.A./Composition and Literature Course Requirements:

A. Core Courses (15 cr.)
ENGL 630 Research on the Teaching of Literacy and Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 632 Compotition Theory and Practice 3 cr.
ENGL 674 Research Trends in English 3 cr.
ENGL 676 Critical Approaches to Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 757 Digital Composition, Literature, and Pedagogy 3 cr.

B. Literature Required and Elective Courses (total 9 cr.)

Required (3 cr.) 

ENGL 760 Teaching College Literature

Choose one course: (3 cr.) 

ENGL 761 Topics in American Literature Before 1870
ENGL 762 Topics in American Literature After 1870
ENGL 763 Topics in British Literature Before 1660
ENGL 764 Topics in British Literature After 1660

Choose one course: (3 cr.) 

ENGL 765 Topics in Literature as Genre
ENGL 766 Topics in Comparative LIterature
ENGL 771 Topics in Postmodern Literature
ENGL 772 Topics in Women's Literature
ENGL 773 Topics in American or British Minority Literature

C. Composition Required and Elective Courses (total 9 cr.)

Required (3 cr.) 

ENGL 730 Teaching Writing
 Choose two courses (6 cr.)  
ENGL 705 Language and Social Context
ENGL 734     Linguistics and the English Teacher
ENGL 742 Cross-Cultural Communications
ENGL 754 World Englishes in Composition and Applied Linguistics
ENGL 767 Research on Writing Centers and Writing Program Administration

D. Open Electives Choose (3 cr.) - choose one course

Three additional semester hours of electives approved by the M.A. 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.

 

M.A./Literature

The Master of Arts/Literature (M.A./LIT) is designed for students who wish to further their expertise in literature and for students who wish to prepare for work on a Ph.D. in British and American literature and criticism. The M.A./LIT option introduces students to a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches to traditional and nontraditional literary works.

M.A./Literature Course Requirements:

A. Core Courses (6 cr.)

ENGL 674 Bibliographical Methods in English 3 cr.
ENGL 676 Critical Approaches to Literature 3 cr.

B. Period Courses (12 cr.)

ENGL 761 Topics in American Literature Before 1870 3 cr.
ENGL 762 Topics in American Literature Since 1870 3 cr.
ENGL 763 Topics in British Literature Before 1660 3 cr.
ENGL 764 Topics in British Literature Since 1660 3 cr.

C. Courses in Approaches to the Literary Canon (3 cr.)

One course from among the following offerings:

ENGL 766 Topics in Comparative Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 771 Topics in Postmodern Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 772 Topics in Women’s Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 773 Topics in American or British Minority Literature 3 cr.

D. Literature Electives (9 cr.)

Three courses from among the following:

ENGL 675 Literature and the International Student 3 cr.
ENGL 753 Studies in Literature as a Profession 3 cr.
ENGL 760 Teaching College Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 761 Topics in American Literature Before 1870 3 cr.
ENGL 762 Topics in American Literature Since 1870 3 cr.
ENGL 763 Topics in British Literature Before 1660 3 cr.
ENGL 764 Topics in British Literature Since 1660 3 cr.
ENGL 765 Topics in Literature as Genre 3 cr.
ENGL 766 Topics in Comparative Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 771 Topics in Postmodern Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 772 Topics in Women’s Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 773 Topics in American or British Minority Literature 3 cr.

E. Open Electives (6 cr.)

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.

M.A./Teaching English

The Master of Arts/Teaching English (M.A./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 M.A./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 M.A./TE with certification will entail a total of 42 semester hours of course work and student teaching.

M.A./Teaching English Course Requirements:

A. Core Courses (15 cr.)

ENGL 630 Research on the Teaching of Literacy and Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 614 Critical Pedagogy in English Education 3 cr.
ENGL 692 American English Grammar 3 cr.
ENGL 693 Seminar in Teaching English in Secondary School 3 cr.
ENGL 730 Teaching Writing 3 cr.

And one additional course from the following, approved by the director of Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL, or designee:

ENGL 762 Topics in American Literature since 1870 3 cr.
ENGL 763 Topics in British Literature before 1660: Shakespeare 3 cr.
ENGL 772 Topics in Women’s Literature 3 cr.
ENGL 773 Topics in American or British Minority Literature* 3 cr.

* Recommended for students seeking initial certification.

B. Electives in Teaching, Learning, and Schools (6 cr.)

ENGL 690 Writing as a Way of Learning 3 cr.
EDSP 704 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 cr.
or    
EDSP 746 Learning and Instruction 3 cr.
or    
EDSP 747 Advanced Psychology of Adolescent Education 3 cr.
or    
EDSP 748 Advanced Studies in Behavioral Problems 3 cr.
EDSP 57 Assessment of Student Learning 3 cr.
EDEX 650 Exceptional Children and Youth 3 cr.

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.

C. Professional Electives (6 cr.)

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.

D. Professional Practice (6 cr.)

ENGL 526 ESL Methods and Materials 3 cr.
ENGL 698 Internship 3 cr.

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 M.A./TE 36 cr.

Total Credit Hours with Initial Certification 42 cr.

M.A./Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Master of Arts/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A./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.

M.A./Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Course Requirements:

A. Core Requirements (15 cr.)

ENGL 625 Introduction to TESOL 3 cr.
ENGL 692 American English Grammar 3 cr.
ENGL 643 TESL/TEFL Methodology 3 cr.
ENGL 644 ESL Material and Media 3 cr.
ENGL 724 Second Language Acquisition 3 cr.

B. Teacher Education Component (6 cr.)

Students take two of the following courses:

ENGL 688 Practicum in TESOL 3 cr.
ENGL 694 Observation of English Teaching 3 cr.
ENGL 696 Internship in ESL/EFL 3 cr.

C. TESOL Electives (9 cr.)

Students choose any three from the following courses:

ENGL 734 Linguistics and the English Teacher 3 cr.
ENGL 641 Topics in ESL Pedagogy 3 cr.
ENGL 699 Independent Study 3 cr.
ENGL 723 Second Language Teaching 3 cr.
ENGL 725 Second Language Literacy 3 cr.
ENGL 730 Teaching Writing 3 cr.
ENGL 742 Cross-Cultural Communication 3 cr.
ENGL 744 Reading Theory and the College English Teacher 3 cr.

D. Open Electives (6 cr.)

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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