Master of Arts in English for Teachers
The Master of Arts in English for Teachers is an inspiring, engaging, and challenging program that emphasizes breadth and depth of subject matter, as it deepens passion for language arts and literature. Not only will you become more immersed and connected to your study, but you will also develop the teaching skills to help your passion and expertise translate in the classroom to inspire your students.
Why Choose Master of Arts in English for Teachers?
The program is an alternative to the traditional choice of a master's degree in education or English, addressing the need for a practically focused graduate English program. By introducing practical tools to help you develop standards-based curricula and assessment, it addresses your pedagogical needs. The curriculum focuses on courses in literature, grammar, reading, and rhetoric related to the practical needs of teachers, and all tied to pedagogy and The Frameworks.
What Will You Study?
The program requires 10 courses (30 credit hours), at least seven of which must be English courses. Students have the option of selecting up to three education courses. The curriculum stresses four competency areas: writing, speaking, reading/studying literature, and contemporary issues in the teaching of English. Course topics include advanced grammar; teaching writing; teaching English in a multicultural classroom, and literary studies in Shakespeare, poetry, and great works of American literature.
The Master of Arts in English for Teachers program is designed primarily for middle and secondary school English teachers, but is also available to all teachers with an interest in further study in English, as well as to individuals seeking a career change to teaching. Applicants to the MA in English for Teachers program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and an academic or professional background equivalent to at least a minor in English. Further, it is preferable that each participant has either a provisional or standard state teaching certificate. For additional information about the graduate admissions process visit our Admissions page.
How are Courses Offered?
Course Delivery: In-class and Online
Total Credits: 30
Courses are offered through a flexible model that includes option in-class sessions as well as online via Kodiak, Western New England University's online learning management system. Through this online classroom you will be able to view lectures, complete and submit assignments, and participate in discussions.
The main English for Teacher courses blend in-class and online study. Each course consists of 11 classes. Eight classes will take place on campus during the late afternoon or early evening, while three will we offered online. Your professor will determine the on-campus class schedule in advance so that you will be able to plan accordingly.
How Long Will the Program Take?
The 30-credit, ten-course program offers courses in the fall, winter, and spring on 11-week terms. Two courses will be offered each term, during convenient late afternoon and early evening hours. By taking two courses per session, you can complete your degree in as few as 15 months.
Our faculty have authored over a dozen books, including novels, scholarly studies, and textbooks. One of our most recently hired professors has published four novels, several of which have been reviewed in the New York Times Book Review and have been widely translated. Our Second Language specialist has published a textbook and just had his dissertation accepted for publication by an international press. Our 19th Century British Literature specialist has published a study of William Wordsworth. Our faculty also hold the most advanced degrees in their fields from many well-known colleges and universities, and several have substantial teaching experience at the secondary school levels.