Like the MA in English, the MS offers intensive graduate study in literature. It will prepare you to become a highly effective teacher.
In graduate seminars, you will read deeply in the literature of a period, place or author. Often in these classes you will identify the subject for a scholarly thesis. A creative thesis is not an option in the MS program. From the first semester to the last, you will work closely with an advisor to carry out your thesis project.
Unlike the MA, the MS requires for two graduate courses in Professional Education. These prepare you for advancement in high school teaching. The competency requirement is also different for the two degrees. Licensure to teach English in high school is required for the MS degree. The MA requires a second language. The MS requires a second language, a graduate course in computer application of statistics or a course on teaching with technology. See below for further details.
You may apply for a teaching graduate assistantship in the English Department. A GA gives you fifteen credits of tuition waiver and a stipend of $8,500 for a year, renewable for a second year. GA’s teach one section of College Writing each semester and take courses in teaching, composition and rhetoric. You may also apply for non-teaching graduate assistantships in other areas of the university such as the library and the graduate office.
New Graduate Competency Requirements
- Modern Language: A reading knowledge of French, German, Russian or Spanish. In specific cases other languages may be substituted with the consent of the Graduate Committee of the Department of English. This requirement may be satisfied in either of two ways: successful completion (with grade of “B” or better) of final second year course for one of the above languages or passing a standardized reading test, second year level.
- Statistics: Candidates may elect to complete the competency requirements by passing a college level course in the computer application of statistics with a grade of “B” or better, or by passing a proficiency examination.
- Teaching with Technology: Candidates may elect to complete the competency requirements by passing a college level course in the use of technology in teaching with a grade of “B” or better, or by passing a proficiency examination.