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Rhetoric and Composition Studies

The Writing Program @ SIUE

MA Requirements

The Teaching of Writing Program offers both a Master's Degree and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.

Note that community colleges require applicants to hold an MA degree; an MA would also serve as a strong foundation for students wishing to enter into a PhD program in rhetoric and composition.

For students who hold either a BA or BS in English or another discipline and who do not wish to pursue the full MA program -- or students who already hold an MA degree in another area of specialization and want to gain credit hours in the teaching of writing -- the Post-Baccalaureate program is available.

NOTE: Students admitted to the MA program prior to Spring 2011 may follow the Pre-Spring 2011 requirements.

  1. Students are required to complete the six following primary courses (3 credit hrs each):

    • ENG 552 Academic Writing and Research Methods in Composition
    • ENG 554 Composition Pedagogy
    • ENG 556 Theory of Composition and Rhetoric
    • ENG 558 Practicum in the Teaching of Writing
    • ENG 583 History of Rhetoric I -- The Classical Period to the Renaissance
    • ENG 596 Preparatory Reading/Teaching of Writing

  2. Students are required to complete three of the following secondary courses (3 credit hrs each):

    • ENG 410 Rhetoric, Writing, and Citizenship
    • ENG 412 Digital Literacies
    • ENG 486 Teaching Creative Writing
    • ENG 488 Rhetoric, Politics, and the Law
    • ENG 570 Teaching African American Oral and Written Tradition
    • ENG 572 Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing with Computers
    • ENG 574 Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy
    • ENG 576 Writing Across the Curriculum
    • ENG 578 Gender, Language, and Pedagogy
    • ENG 581 Topics in Teaching Writing
    • ENG 584 History of Rhetoric II -- The Enlightenment to Today
    • ENG 587 Politics of Composition Pedagogy

    ONE of the secondary courses can also be fulfilled with one of the following linguistics courses: ENG 400 Principles of Linguistics, ENG 541 Discourse Analysis, or ENG 544 Reading and Writing Pedagogy in Teaching English as a Second Language. (Note that only three 400-level courses will be accepted towards fulfilling MA requirements.)

  3. Students elect one additional 400- or 500-level 3-credit hour course (e.g., technical, expository, or creative writing; pedagogy; linguistics; literature; or a course outside the English department. This last option requires written approval of the student's advisor and of the Director of Graduate Studies, with the Graduate Student Request Form (available on the forms page) used to obtain approval prior to registration).

  4. Students are required to complete one of the following options (9 credit hours inside or outside of the English Department). Course work used to fulfill this option may be completed while students are candidates in the Teaching of Writing specialization or may have been completed previously.

    • 3 courses in the same foreign language
    • 3 TESL/linguistics courses
    • 3 literature courses
    • 3 creative writing courses
    • 3 Computer and/or internet-based courses
    • 3 literacy and/or reading courses
    • Alternative 3-course sequence determined by student in consultation with Graduate Advisor (e.g., courses in Curriculum and Instruction, Mass Communications, or Instructional Technology)

  5. Students must file for graduation check no later than the first day of classes of the semester in which they plan to graduate.

The above requirements are available as a printable checklist on the forms page.

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