Master of Arts in English - Specialization in English Teaching

Designed for middle and secondary school teachers, this totally online MA in Language Arts Teaching program provides a combination of courses in language, literature, and writing, as well as the teaching of writing and of literature.

This program is geared to meet the needs of non-resident populations and offers breadth of training in English studies for professional advancement in the public schools or community colleges. Please see the English Department’s MA in English specialization in English Teaching page for more information.

Courses address both theory and practice and presume that students are interested in the teaching of English studies as a career. Elective offerings in Scientific and Technical Communication also allow students to develop competencies appropriate for employment in business and industry.

  • Flexibility of electives provides opportunities for customization and interdisciplinary emphases.
  • Portfolio capstone showcases experience and documents professional growth.
  • Emphasizes teacher-training in both literary and composition studies.

Core Courses (15 hours)

Assessment of situation and audience, methods of organization, and development of ideas, vocabulary, style.   Revision and editing of theses, papers, reports. For graduate students in all disciplines; assignments adjusted accordingly. Graded A/F.

Introduction to some of the major modern theories of literary criticism: historicism, formalism, reader-response, structuralism, poststructuralist, etc. Application of theory to selected works.

Survey of the ways contemporary literary theory informs and can be applied to the teaching of literature. Relevant to the concerns of junior-high, secondary, and college teachers of literature.

This course is an introduction to linguistics. It covers phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and typology of English and other languages; psycholinguistics, language preservation introduction to first and second language acquisition, some sociolinguistics, and other topics as possible. Emphasis is placed on the objective linguistic analysis of language.

Theories, approaches, methods, and techniques designed to guide prospective teacher of composition in selecting approach most appropriate to his/her goals; readings and projects related to goals; current publications on writing.

Elective Courses (15 hours)

Up to 12 hours of these elective courses, if available online, may be taken from outside the English Department and may count toward the degree; students are encouraged to meet or correspond with the English Graduate Coordinator to determine options. Electives may include but are not limited to the following courses:

Practical application of technical writing in industry, business, and the sciences. Uses workshop approach.

Practical application of technical editing in industry, business, and the sciences. Uses workshop approach.

A survey of ethical issues in technical communication. Includes the study of Codes of Ethics for technical communicators and their influence on the profession of technical communication. Study of ethical situations which affect technical communicators providing information globally.

Systematic study of literary genres or topics (poetry, fiction, drama, comparative literature), modes of literary or rhetorical inquiry, or intensive study of special literary, rhetorical, or creative writing topics. May be repeated if topics are different.

Systematic study of a topic from rhetoric or composition studies, such as advanced writing pedagogy, historical rhetoric, writing administration, writing assessment, writing in the disciplines, writing across the curriculum. May be repeated if topics are different. Graded A/F.

Portfolio Submission (1 hour)

Capstone project for the MA Plan II degree.

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All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. Note: There is a non-refundable application fee.

Have an official transcript from every college or university you have attended and an official standardized test score* sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States of America

* We accept the GRE General Exam, Praxis II (0041 or 0049), the Ohio Assessments of Educators (OAE) exam, or another state approved teacher licensure exam. Tests should have been taken within the last five years. TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. Visit the Educational Testing Service website for more information on the GRE, PRAXIS, and TOEFL tests.

Students must also submit three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a few samples of their writing to the Graduate English Office. See the program’s Application Page and/or contact the Program Advisor for more information.