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English

Master of Science in Education (M.S.E)


College: College of Liberal Arts & Communication

Department: English and Philosophy

Description

The M.S.E. in English requires 30 hours with no thesis. Both programs give students the opportunity to broaden their academic background and to develop expertise in specialized areas. Our program is by and large a literature program preparing students for teaching at the community college level or for entering doctoral programs in English, although our graduates do go into many other fields.


A limited graduate enrollment assures a student-professor ratio conducive to a mutual exchange of ideas outside as well as within the classroom. The department assigns an adviser to each entering graduate student and makes every effort to draw the student into the scholarly community.

Curriculum

Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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  • Admission Process

    Students seeking admission into the Master of Science in English Education must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the specific program requirements.

    In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 18 hours of professional education courses including the requirements for a valid teaching certificate based on a four-year teacher education program.

    Applicants who do not meet the requirements for a valid teaching certificate based on a four-year teacher education program will be required to complete the undergraduate courses required for such a certificate. These courses may be completed concurrently with the graduate work, but must be completed before the student takes the comprehensive exit exam for the degree.

    For unconditional admission, academic proficiency must be established through satisfaction of either of the following admission selection criteria:

    1. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (or 3.25 on the last 60 hours) and a score of at least 383 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or a minimum score of 292 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (or 3.0 on the last sixty hours) and a score of at least 391 on the MAT or a minimum score of 292 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.

    For conditional admission, academic proficiency must be established through satisfaction of either of the following admission selection criteria:

    1. The total undergraduate grade point average is 2.50 AND when the undergraduate grade point average is multiplied by the MAT score, the total is at least 927.
    2. The total undergraduate grade point average is 2.50 AND when the undergraduate grade point average is multiplied by the GRE score the total is at least 720.

    Minimum hours required for this program: 30.

  • Additional Information

    MSE Comprehensive   

    Part I:  An essay centering around one section of the long reading list.  The section is to be chosen and so designated by the student when he or she files an Intent to Graduate card, at the latest (preferably much sooner).

    Part II: If the student has not selected Area VIII Composition and Linguistics as his or her area in Part II, he or she will write an essay centering around a short (no more than 1 book and 4 or 5 xeroxed articles) reading list in composition theory given to the student at least four weeks prior to the exam. Or, if the student has selected Area VI on Part II, he or she will write an essay on a specifically chosen topic centering around a short (no more than 5 items) reading list given to the student at least four weeks prior to the exam.

  • Careers

    The English department aids in helping its graduates secure employment or enter doctoral programs.  Members of the department write recommendations, provide contacts, and secure job interviews.  To date the department record has been outstanding.  ASU graduates have been employed throughout the country in business, industry, and education.  Though we recognize that one of our important tasks is to prepare high school and community college teachers, some of our students have been accepted in Ph.D. programs at such universities as Iowa, Arizona, Tennessee, Texas Christian, Kentucky, and Missouri.