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The Master of Arts in English Education is a one-year intensive program designed to prepare inservice teachers for careers as exemplary educators and leaders in English language instruction. This dynamic course of study culminates with an applied project that directly impacts instruction in Language Arts classrooms. Students in the MA English Education program develop a deep understanding of the language arts by learning how to access, analyze, and apply theoretical frames and best practices for teaching students in grades 7-12. The program balances the refining of disciplinary knowledge with pedagogical application of that knowledge in classrooms. Students take a variety of relevant courses including: advanced methods courses in reading and writing, adolescent literature, and research methods for teachers. The program encourages students to employ academic research and inquiry to address questions they have about their own students’ learning.
The MA English Education program is located on ASU’s Tempe Campus, a vibrant, urban setting in the heart of metropolitan Phoenix. The location provides access to diverse earning environments that foster inquiry into best practices for teaching the English Language Arts.
The Master of Arts in English Education consists of 30 hours of graduate courses (i.e. courses that carry a 500-level credit or above. These courses are carefully sequenced over the course of one full year (full academic year plus summer). Students in the MA English Education participate in a cohorted program in which all students admitted in an academic year take courses together for the duration of the program. Courses meet in face-to-face, hybrid, and online settings.
The required courses in the Master of Arts in English Education are:
Fall Semester: ENG 501 Approaches to Research, ENG 506 Methods and Issues in Teaching Language; ENG 507 Methods and Issues in Teaching Composition.
Spring Semester: 2 cohorted elective courses (level 500 and above), ENG 590 Research, ENG 606 Advanced Studies in English Education.
Summer Semester (Session A): ENG 593 Applied Project; ENG 594 Central Arizona Writing Project
Summer Semester (Session B): ENG 540 Teaching Young Adult Literature
Applied Project (ENG 593 – 3 hours): Students in the MA English Education will produce a project under the supervision of the Applied Project director and orally present it at the end of the semester applied project showcase. One additional committee member is required. Applied projects may include: curriculum design, professional portfolio, teacher inquiry research project, etc.
Please review the application procedures on the website.
First Application Review Deadline: January 15
Final Application Review Deadline: June 15
Qualifications: Graduate Education requires a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better in the last two years of work leading to the bachelor’s degree. Applicants for the MA English (English education track) should have an undergraduate major in English, a related educational field, or teaching experience in the English Language Arts at the secondary level.
Candidates must submit the following:
Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.
Dr. Durand is an assistant professor in English Education in the Department of English at ASU.
Jessica Early, Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University, is a scholar of English Education and secondary literacy. She is the Director of English Education and the Central Arizona Writing Project at ASU.