In our program, students receive individualized attention and have ample opportunity to interact and work with our graduate faculty. Our program is small and personal, and our excellent facilities support a professionally active faculty and graduate student population.
A graduate degree in English helps you prepare for teaching at the secondary or community college level, law and library schools, writing and editing positions, entry into doctoral programs, and a variety of other professional careers.
M.A., Master of Arts in English
The goal of our graduate program in English is to increase the breadth and depth of each student's knowledge of English. We offer both variety in course work and specialization, especially in the opportunity to write a thesis. Course work is available in literature, rhetoric and composition, linguistics, teaching theory and practice, TESOL, and creative & professional writing. We encourage all candidates to learn as much as they can about all aspects of the field of English.
Students will take classes in all areas of English studies and will choose a concentration in literature, rhetoric and composition, or professional writing. Please refer to the M.A. in English checksheet for requirements.
M.A.Ed., Master of Arts in Education - Comprehensive, English Concentration
For individuals with a B.S.Ed. in English who want to become more professionally competitive. Please see the M.A.Ed. Plan of Study: Comprehensive Education - English checksheet for English Department requirements which are in addition to those specified by the College of Education and Allied Professions.
M.A.T., Master of Arts in Teaching - Comprehensive, English Concentration
Designed to enable students holding degrees other than education degrees to study in selected teaching programs and to work towards NC licensure at the graduate level. Please see the M.A.T. with an English Concentration for English Department requirements which are in addition to those specfied by the College of Education and Allied Professions. Please refer to the M.A.T. Program Checksheet for English Concentration for requirements in both English and Education.
Western Carolina University offers three degrees in TESOL to prepare students for working with ESL students in a wide variety of learning contexts.;
M.A.-TESOL- For individuals not interested in licensure to teach in public schools. These students would be qualified to teach in a variety of settings or go on to further graduate
M.A.T.-TESOL - For individuals from all backgrounds with no prior experience with teaching. This program leads to North Carolina licensure.
M.A.Ed.-TESOL - For individuals who already have licensure and already teaching in the public schools system, but who want or need a graduate degree in TESOL.
This certificate program is designed for college graduates who seek advanced training in professional writing, especially for those who want to augment their writing and editing expertise for their current career or who wish to pursue new career options.
This certificate program is designed for college graduates who want to teach English to non-native speakers from the public school level (and already have teaching licensure) to community college and overseas instruction.
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