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English ED

Are you thinking about attending graduate school, but you’re not quite sure which masters program is right for you?  The M.A. in English Education program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg may be just what you’re looking for.  Would you like to study English, American, and world literature, English language and grammar, or English and multimedia composition in more depth at the graduate level?  Would you like to learn more about educational theories, research, and teaching methods?  The M.A. in English Education makes it possible for you to extend your learning of English language, literature, and composition, as well as teaching theories and strategies – all in the same program.

 If you are currently in any of the following situations and want to begin graduate studies, the English Education masters program may be right for you.

  1. You are a fully certified middle or high school English teacher and would like to broaden your knowledge of both English content and teaching methodologies.
  2. You have a temporary teaching certificate for English 6-12 and would like to take certification courses at the graduate level.
  3. You have a B.A. in English or a related area, have not taken any education courses, but would like to get a temporary teaching certificate to begin teaching English at the secondary level.
  4. You are a secondary English teacher who would like to take courses to fulfill the Florida Reading Endorsement.
  5. You would like to teach English at the community college level.

The English Education masters program does not lead to Florida teaching certification in secondary English.  However, the plan of study is flexible enough for you to work towards any of the goals listed above. In addition, since you will be taking 6 graduate courses from the English Department, you will meet requirements to teach English at community colleges with this degree.

In order for you to best prepare yourself for your future goals, you must meet with the program advisor to plan a program of study and courses that are appropriate for your situation. If you are considering the Masters in English Education program and have further questions, please feel free to contact the program advisor.

 Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) minimum on a 4.0 scale in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student working toward a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Successful completion of all portions of the CLAST (prior to June 30, 2002), the Praxis I, or the General Knowledge Test,-OR-Completion of the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE),-OR-A previous graduate degree from a regionally accredited university.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Program

  • Can I attend full-time or part-time? You can attend as either a full-time or part-time student.
  • Can I complete the program in St. Petersburg?Yes, all courses are taught at USF St. Petersburg.
  • Can I complete the program by taking classes only at night?Yes, all courses are offered at night, and some are offered online.
  • Do I take comprehensive exams as a program requirement?Instead of comprehensive exams, you will write 2 comprehensive papers as an exit requirement for the English Education Masters program. Generally the comprehensive papers are written during your last semester. You must be registered for 2 graduate credit hours the semester that you complete your comprehensive papers. You will write two 20-page research papers plus references. One paper will be on a topic related to English content, such as literary criticism or theory related to a particular literary work, author, or genre. The second paper will be on a topic related to teaching English or applying educational theory or practices to the English classroom, such as teaching writing in secondary school, teaching Shakespeare to middle school students, or using adolescent literature to teach struggling secondary students.
  • Can I take courses before I am admitted? Yes, you can register as a non-degree seeking student at USFSP and take specified courses that will be part of your program of study. Up to 4 of these courses can be transferred to your program after you are admitted. You must receive grades no lower than a B on these courses.
  • Can I transfer courses from another university? With departmental approval and if the courses fit into your plan of study, a maximum of 8 semester hours or three graduate courses may be transferred from a regionally accredited university. However, no undergraduate courses can be substituted for a graduate course. You may be asked to provide a transcript, catalog course description, and syllabus.

For a full list of required courses and program information, please visit the Graduate Catalog.

Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Leung
Phone: 727-873-4051
Fax: 727-873-4991
cleung@mail.usf.edu