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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

M.A. in English Education

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Brief Program Description

The MA in English Education offers secondary English teachers the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of English and to develop knowledge in other areas as well. This is a thirty-credit program, and it is entirely online, with courses offered during the summer as well as during the school year. Its core curriculum is five courses in literature and research. Teachers may then elect four more courses in children’s literature, composition, communication studies, reading, or courses from the university’s Educational Studies department such as instructional technology. The program’s capstone experience is a portfolio or an alternate plan paper.

This program does not qualify students for a state of Minnesota teaching license.


Program Requirements

Required Courses (15 credits):

  • ENG 606 British Literary History and Criticism (3)
  • ENG 607 American Literary History and Criticism (3)
  • ENG 625 Seminar: Composition Theory (3) or ENG 671 Literary Theory and Criticism (3)
  • ENG 635 Seminar: World Literature (3)
  • ENG 651 Bibliography and Research

Restricted Electives

  • One course from ENG 525, 561, 563, or 564
  • One course from ENG 603, 605, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612, 618, 654, or 661

Unrestricted Electives

Two courses from English or from Film or from other departments, as follows:

  • Any course in English (including the Graduate Writing Certificate) or in Film, or courses in communication studies such as
    • CMST 503 Gender and Communication
    • CMST 602 Communication Pedagogy
  • Or courses in reading such as
    • EEC 620 Effective Reading for Content Areas
    • EEC 635 Analysis of Research in Reading
    • EEC 613 Implementing Response to Intervention in Reading
  • Or courses in secondary education such as
    • KSP 619 Using Technology in the Classroom
    • KSP 635 Information Literacy Skills and the Curriculum.

The electives need to be approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Capstone (1-4 credits)

  • Either ENG 694 Alternate Plan Paper (1-2 credits)
  • Or ENG 688 Portfolio (1-4 credits)


Admission Requirements

Applicants must 

  • Have at least 30 semester hours in English (undergraduate or combined undergraduate and grad)
  • Submit the online application
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Submit a letter of application that describes their educational and professional goals and list two professional references
  • If first language is not English, have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the Internet based-test to enter the program.
  • Note: the GRE is not required as part of the admissions materials for this program.

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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available during the academic year to full-time students. Assistants receive about $9,000 over two semesters and full tuition remission for up to 9 credits per semester. Deadline for application is February 1st each year. For more information, contact the Department of English.


Curriculum Map

The curriculum map below describes one way for a student to complete the program. This map is a three-year sequence, the student taking one course every fall, spring, and summer term. Each student will work closely with an advisor to create a personal curriculum map.

Fall 1 (3 Credits) Spring 1 (3 Credits) Summer 1 (3 Credits)
Eng 651 (3): Bibliography and Research Eng 607 (3): American Literary History and Criticism Eng 525 (4): Topics in Children’s LIterature
Fall 2 (3 Credits) Spring 2 (3 Credits) Summer 2 (4 Credits)
Eng 606 (3): British Literary History and Criticism Eng 635 (3): World Literature 500/600 elective (4): Eng 526 Selected Literary Periods or other
Fall 3 (3 Credits) Spring 3 (3 Credits) Summer 3 (4 Credits)

500/600 elective (3): African American Literature or other

500/600 elective (3): Eng 536 Native American Literature or other 500/600 elective (3): Eng 564 Teaching Literature in the Middle School or other
688 Portfolio or 694 Alternate Plan Paper (2)


Course Descriptions

See graduate course descriptions in Literature and English Studies


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