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MA in Adolescent Education

Created specifically for individuals who have not yet received provisional certification in the teaching of English, the Adolescence Education Program provides students with the training they need to teach English at the secondary level. Those who have already received provisional certification should apply for the MA in English and American Literature.

In addition to taking 24 additional credits with the Department of Education, students will complete 15 credits of English courses, including 3 credits of Shakespeare, 3 credits of multicultural/minority literature, and 3-6 credits of American literature. The program also requires 3 credits each of Linguistics and Rhetoric and Composition. Students in the program also will complete a comprehensive examination in British and American literature.


  • 18 credits in literature given by the Department of English; of these, 3 credits must be in Shakespeare, 6 credits in American literature, and 3 credits in literature with a multicultural emphasis. Three credits in American literature may be waived with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.
  • 3 credits in English Linguistics (ENGL 607).
  • 3 credits in rhetoric and composition (ENGL 615).
  • Passing a four-hour comprehensive examination in British, American, and world literature.
  • Graduate course requirements in Education (22-24 credits).


This Teacher Education Program (TEP) is not for individuals who already have initial or provisional certification in the teaching of English. Provisionally certified teachers should apply for the MA in English and American Literature. (With the approval of the English Department advisor, such students may take 3 or 6 credits of course work in advanced courses from the Adolescence Education sequence.) Students must have earned 21 credits of advanced courses acceptable to the department in British, American or World Literature written in English (no more than 3 credits of the latter). A cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better and an index of 3.0 in English courses are required, as is one year of college study of a language other than English. Students must submit a writing sample of about 10 pages (preferably an undergraduate research paper). Students who have a 3.0 or better index in English courses but whose cumulative GPA is below 2.8 should consult the School of Education section of the catalog for additional information (see page 86).

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