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Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/enged/engedms.html

This degree program is closed to newly-declared majors as of Fall 2004. See your advisor for questions.

MS English Education

The Master of Science in English Education is designed for teachers of English language arts, curriculum directors, and department chairpersons. This program combines formal study of language, composition, literature, and professional education with individual reading and research. In the program, teachers and administrators develop a course of study appropriate to their individual professional goals.

Admission Requirements

A teaching licensure in the language arts (e.g., English, Speech or Theatre) is required for admission to the program.

An Application for Graduate Study can be downloaded from the College of Graduate Studies web site.

Program Director

Professor John Banschbach
English Department
Minnesota State University, Mankato
230 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: (507)389-2680
E-mail: john.banschbach@mnsu.edu

English Department Graduate Programs Director

If you do not find answers to your questions on this web page, or if you need more information about this English Department graduate program at the Minnesota State University, Mankato, please contact

Professor Steve Stoynoff
Director of English Graduate Studies
Department of English
Minnesota State University, Mankato
230 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN  56001
Telephone: (507) 389-5502


Program Requirements

30 credits--Thesis; 34 credits--Alternate Plan Paper.

Research (3 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
EDFN 600 Introduction to Educational Research

Linguistics (3-4 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
ENG 581 History of the English Language
ENG 582 English Structure/Pedagogical Grammar I
ENG 585 Language and Culture in TESOL
ENG 623 Language and the Teaching of English
ENG 631 Language Planning and Language Policy
ENG 632 Bilingualism and Second Language Contact
ENG 633 Second Language Acquisition
ENG 682 English Grammar
ENG 684 Sociolinguistics
ENG 687 Theory and Practice of Translation
ENG 689 Studies in English Linguistics

Literature and Methodology (2-4 credits)

Course # Course Title Credits
ENG 525 Children's Literature
ENG 563 Adolescent Literature
ENG 564 Teaching Literature in the Middle School
ENG 661 Topics in Children's and Young Adult Literature

Other Coursework in English (6-16 credits)

Other requirements include a comprehensive exam and a public reading.

Graduate Level courses focused on teaching English include, but are not limited to, the following list:

  • Children's Fantasy
  • Adolescent Literature
  • Teaching Literature in Middle School
  • Caldecott Award Books
  • Newbery Award Books
  • Art and the Picture Book
  • Composition Theory
  • Workshop for Teaching Assistants
  • Teaching Creative Writing
  • Writing for Children
  • Teaching Poetry
  • Writing Assessment
  • Reading-Writing Workshop
  • Computer-Assisted Writing
  • Connecting Literature and Writing
  • Language and the Teaching of English
  • Second Language Literacy Development
  • Children's Literature in Britain*

* a three-week course taught in Britain

Professional Education (3 credits)

Any 5/600 level Professional Education course (excluding EDFN 600) decided in consultation with an advisor.

Related Study (6 credits)

Courses outside of English and Professional Education.

Research Project (1-4 credits)

Alternate Plan Paper (1-2 credits) or Thesis (3-4 credits).

See the list of English graduate courses and descriptions.

MS English Education Faculty

Name Office, telephone, e-mail Teaching and research specialties
Banschbach, John john.banschbach@mnsu.edu Composition theory, teaching methods
Edstam, Tina tina.edstam@mnsu.edu TESOL Theory and methods, assessment
Flaherty, Terry terrance.flaherty@mnsu.edu Adolescent literature, children's literature, methods of teaching writing
Smith, Louisa louisa.smith@mnsu.edu Children's literature, fantasy
Solo, Harry harry.solo@mnsu.edu Linguistics and language structure, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics
Stoynoff, Steve stephen.stoynoff@mnsu.edu TESOL methods, curriculum development, language testing, second language acquisition

Children's and Young Adult Literature

Minnesota State University, Mankato Memorial Library includes the Center for Children's and Young Adult Books, a collection of the most recent publications in children's and adolescent literature.

The Lion and the Unicorn, a journal of criticism about children's literature published by Johns Hopkins University, has its editorial offices at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Lion and the Unicorn is a theme- and genre-centered journal that is distributed internationally. One graduate assistantship is assigned to the staff of The Lion and the Unicorn. For further information on The Lion and the Unicorn, please send an e-mail Dr. Louisa Smith, editor.

The Good Thunder Reading Series brings to campus each year a writer of children's or young adult literature. Past guests have included Stephen Schwandt, Chris Crutcher, Patricia Calvert, and Gregory Maguire. For a list of this year's scheduled writers, please link to The Good Thunder Reading Series.

Financial Assistance

The Department of English employs about 30 teaching assistants at stipends of approximately $8000 over two semesters. Assistants receive full tuition remission for up to 18 credits over the academic year (two semesters). All graduate assistants are required to enroll for a minimum of six credits per semester. Assistants are provided office space and have faculty library privileges.

Teaching Assistants in the English Department typically teach freshman composition. The TA Director provides a supportive atmosphere where assistants learn composition theory and pedagogy. In addition, assistants are trained in the latest methods of computer-assisted writing instruction. For more information, visit the English Graduate Assistantships web page.

Other assistantships are available from Student Affairs, Learning Center, Memorial Library, and Residential Life offices of the University. For a list of available graduate assistantships, visit the Human Resources Job Posting web page on the College of Graduate Studies web site.

For information about other types of financial assistance, students should write to:

Office of Financial Aid
Minnesota State University, Mankato
109 Wigley Administration Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Telephone: (507) 389-1185
Web site: www.mnsu.edu/faids/

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