Description of Program
The MA in English Program offers two tracks:
- The MA in English for Educators (30 credits)
- The MA in English in Literary and Cultural Studies (30 credits)
The M.A. in English for Educators provides middle and secondary school teachers with the opportunity to enhance their credentials through a program that crosses a number of disciplines by combining the study of current critical and pedagogical theory with literary and cultural studies. This combination of traditional and interdisciplinary approaches is designed to give working professionals additional training in their areas of interest, while also allowing them to expand their previous training to include a study of the intersections between literary studies and a variety of disciplines.
For all teachers with Pennsylvania teaching certificates, this program will broaden and deepen their knowledge of English in order to:
- Maintain active certification status (in conformity with Act 48)
- Reach the “highly qualified teacher” category by mastery of content knowledge.
The M.A. in English in Literary and Cultural Studies is professional in nature, primarily designed as a terminal degree to prepare students for a variety of professional careers. This curriculum will prepare graduates for careers teaching in private and charter schools, as well as for careers in civil service, theatre, journalism, public relations, law, and numerous other professions requiring critical thinking and communication skills. For those students who may decide to pursue doctoral degrees, the gateway course and the four “readings” courses will extend students’ undergraduate preparation in these areas, while the four electives will provide excellent preparation for studies in writing and rhetoric, language studies, the use of media and technology, cultural studies, theatre arts, and the interdisciplinary research skills needed to succeed in doctoral-level courses.
Teachers are not restricted to the first track and may matriculate into the other M.A. track. Neither track leads to Pennsylvania teacher certification, although graduate students in the M.A. Program in Education who need additional English courses to complete certification requirements may take relevant courses in the graduate English program.
Both tracks include a common core of five courses:
- Eng 501: Proseminar in Critical and Pedagogical Theory
- Eng 551: Readings in American Literature and Culture
- Eng 556: Readings in British Literature and Culture
- Eng 561: Readings in Western World Cultures and Literature in Translation
- Eng 562: Readings in Non-Western World Cultures and Literature in Translation
Students in the MA in English for Educators track must take one elective in the La Salle graduate Education Program as one of their four required electives.
Students in the English in Literary and Cultural Studies track have the option of taking one of their four required electives in any other La Salle graduate program.
Students in the MA in English for Educators track culminate their studies with a critical-pedagogical project.
Students in the English in Literary and Cultural Studies track culminate their studies with the option of writing an MA thesis or taking a comprehensive MA exam.