Secondary Education: English Area of Emphasis

Graduate programs

Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education: English Area of Emphasis

Contact area of emphasis advisors Dr. Angela Kohnen or Dr. Matthew Calihman.

Acclerated Master's Degree Option - MSED, Secondary Education, English

The MSEd, Secondary Education, English accelerated master's degree option provides exceptional MSU undergraduate students the opportunity to enroll in a combined baccalaureate and master's degree program.

Eligible BSEd majors may apply for preliminary acceptance into the MSEd, Secondary Education, English program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's degree option have been satisfied. Once accepted, students will be able to take up to 12 hours of graduate-level English courses that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate programs. Before enrolling in courses for both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the English Education Program Coordinator, the ENG Department Head, and the Graduate College. This is done by using a mixed credit form. A student will be fully admitted to the Graduate College upon completion of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree, provided the student meets all other requirements for admission to the Graduate College. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission Requirements for Accelerated Master's Degree Option - MSEd., Secondary Education, English

  1. Junior standing, with an overall GPA of 3.25
  2. Proclaimed BSEd major
  3. For middle education majors: Accepted into the teacher education program
  4. For secondary education majors: Accepted into the teacher education program
  5. Other BSEd majors: Contact the graduate English Education program coordinator
  6. Recommendation of a faculty member in the English department

Graduate Coursework in English Taken by Undergraduates and Accepted into the Accelerated Master's Option:

Once accepted, students will be able to take up to 12 hours of graduate-level English courses that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate programs. Students will choose from the following: ENG 613 (3 hrs); ENG 631 (3 hrs); ENG 629 (3 hrs); ENG 636 (3 hrs); ENG 665 (3 hrs); ENG 672 (3 hrs).

Undergraduate prerequisites for regular admission to MSEd, Secondary Education, English

The applicant must be certified or certifiable in English in the state of Missouri upon completion of the minimum 15 hours in English. Before beginning the MSEd (English) program, the applicant should have completed (and attained a minimum 3.00 GPA in) at least one composition course beyond freshman level, one course in the English language, and 12 hours of survey or period courses in British and American literature.

Program requirements in English

(15-21 hours of graduate course work)

  1. ENG 629 Composition (3 hrs).  Students who have used ENG 520/629 as part of their undergraduate degree course work will substitute another course approved by the Graduate Director or English Education advisor.
  2. ENG 613 Shakespeare (3 hrs) or another single-author course. Undergraduate course work may not be applied.
  3. One course in a literary genre (3 hrs) such as fiction, poetry, or drama.
  4. English Electives (6-12 hrs) chosen with a student's advisor.  Including at least 3 hours of 700-level course work, students must complete a minimum of 15 total hours in English graduate courses. With permission of the advisor, a student may apply 3-6 additional hours in English electives (21 total) to the 33 hour degree minimum.
  5. Research Requirement.  Candidates for the MSEd (English) may satisfy their research requirement by completion of either a thesis or a degree paper. The subject of their research may derive from course work in education or English, and, when appropriate, may feature creative work.
  6. Comprehensive Examination.  This exam is taken the semester course work is completed, or later. The examination is based on reading lists that reflect English and education content areas. Each student will prepare for two examination areas, writing two 60-minute essays and three 30-minute essays. Students should begin preparing for the examination early in their graduate studies.