English Education, MA

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 Research Methods, 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 606 Advanced Studies in English Education.

Summer Semester: ENG 590 Research; ENG 593 Applied Project; ENG 594 (CAWP), and 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.

Application Deadlines: 
Priority application deadline January 15 
Final application deadline March 25

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:

  • Online application
  • One to two page statement of purpose detailing the students background, reasons for wanting to do graduate work in English Education, and goals.
  • Three academic or professional letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts
  • The GRE is not required for this program.

Contact enggrad@asu.edu for questions pertaining to application.  
For specific questions about the program, contact the program director Jessica Early.

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.

James Blasingame - English education: the teaching of writing using the "six trait model", cowboy poetry.

Sybil Durand - young adult literature (YAL) and post-colonial YAL.

Jessica Early - English education and secondary literacy, language and literacy practices in ethnically and linguistically diverse secondary English classrooms, preparation of urban English language arts teachers.

Christina Saidy-Hannah – literacy standards.

Degree Offered

English Education, MA
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Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadlines:
Priority application deadline January 15
Final application deadline March 25

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