Certification in English; a Concentration in English for certified elementary school teachers; Adult-level certification in TESOL; K-12 certification in TESOL
The Master of Arts in English program is designed for students who wish to pursue the advanced study of English and American literature. The program offers students the opportunity to refine and expand both their knowledge of literature written in English and their facility with its criticism. The program begins with an introduction to the theory and practice of literary criticism and research and continues with coursework allowing students to work with faculty in small classes to investigate the discipline of literary studies and the scope of British and American literature from their beginnings to the present day. In this way, the MA program supports students' pursuit of careers in teaching at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level (or enhances the skills and qualifications of those already teaching); helps prepare students for further advanced study in a doctoral program; and gives them the tools necessary for other careers involving the reading, writing, and analysis of texts.
The program offers over 20 courses each year on a broad range of topics reflecting the diverse interests of the English Department's faculty. Typical approaches include in-depth examinations of individual authors, comparative studies of two or more authors, explorations of established or emergent literary forms, historical treatments of particular periods, and investigations of important critical or theoretical methods. Independent studies and guided readings are also available to allow students to pursue interests not addressed in scheduled courses.
With its diverse, engaged faculty and structured but flexible program, the MA in English offers both full-time and part-time students a thorough, rigorous training in British and American literature and literary studies that allows students to tailor their experiences to meet their professional and intellectual needs and interests.