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For domestic classified status, the deadline is approximately a month before the start of classes (Definite dates are on the application itself). International students, please see the FAQs #16 for your deadline. NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in moves up to January 15th. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.

MASTER OF ARTS

The Department of English Language and Literature offers studies leading to the Master of Arts degree in English with specializations in American and English literature, the Teaching of Writing, the Teaching of English as a Second Language, and Creative Writing, each requiring from 30 to 36 hours of course work beyond the Bachelor of Arts degree. The department, in cooperation with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, also provides studies leading to the degree Master of Science in Education, major in secondary education, with a teaching field in English/Language Arts.

Graduate studies in English can prepare students for advanced graduate work, secondary school teaching, community college teaching, or careers in such fields as law, business, social service, and teaching English as a second language; some graduates find careers in technical writing. Courses in women's studies, technical writing, and editing are also available.

ADMISSION

All applicants must supply, in addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, three letters of recommendation which must be accompanied by access waiver forms (available from the Department's website or from the graduate program director in the Department of English). Applicants to the various specializations must, in addition, supply the following materials:

American and English Literature: (1) a one-page statement of purpose; (2) a recent sample of the applicant's writing, at least ten pages in length. The admissions committee prefers to read papers which engage in literary analysis, but will accept any paper which demonstrates the ability to conduct scholarly investigation.

Teaching of English as a Second Language and Teaching of Writing: a 3-5 page paper which explains how the applicant became interested in the field of TESL or TOW, what the applicant hopes to learn in the program, and how that learning will help the applicant in a career.

Creative Writing: (1) a one-page statement of purpose; (2) either two complete prose works (short stories, novel chapters, and/or creative non-fiction pieces), or 10 poems, depending upon genre of interest.

For applicants to the American and English Literature and Creative Writing specializations, there is a requirement of one year of college-level course work (or its equivalent) in the same modern or classical foreign language, with at least a C average. For applicants to the TESL specialization, there is a requirement of two years of college-level course work (or its equivalent) in modern or classical foreign language with at least a C average. These requirements may be satisfied during the course of the student's graduate studies.

AMERICAN AND ENGLISH LITERATURE

PROGRAM OF STUDY

The specialization in American and English literature requires 30 to 36 semester hours for completion of the Master of Arts degree. Program elements include the following:

Required courses (18 hours):

ENG 501 Modern Literary Studies, taken in the first available term.

ENG 502 - Modern Literary Theory

At Least one course at the 400- or 500-level in literature written prior to 1700, one course at the 400- or 500-level in literature written after 1700, and one course at the 400- or 500-level in world literature.

 

Electives (12 to 18 hours):  Courses may be elected in literature, creative writing, composition, and/or linguistics.  Elective hours may also include six hours of ENG 598 (Preparatory Reading/English and American Literature) or ENG 599 (Thesis).  Students may, with the written approval of their adviser and of the Director of Graduate Studies, choose one elective from another SIUE department.  Use the Graduate Student Request form to obtain approval prior to registration in any such course. 

 

In total, no more than 9 hours from 400-level courses can count toward the American and English Literature specialization.

 

In consultation with a graduate program adviser, the student selects one of two plans to complete the program requirements:

Thesis plan (30 hours)

Enroll in ENG 599 and submit an acceptable thesis in any area of the field.

Three paper plan (30 hours)

Enroll in ENG 598 and prepare three 20-page papers based on a reading list established in consultation with the candidate's committee.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

In both the thesis and three-paper options, the student must pass a one-hour oral defense. 

TEACHING OF WRITING

The teaching of writing specialization is designed for the student interested in teaching writing at the university, community college, high school, or middle school level. A student graduating with this specialization will be prepared to teach writing and writing pedagogy as well as conduct research in composition. The program of study does not include requirements necessary for state certification for high school teachers.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Required primary courses (18 hours):

ENG 552 Academic Writing and Research Methods

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 (exit exam)

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

ENG 486 Teaching Creative Writing

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 587 Politics of Composition Pedagogy

ENG 584 History of Rhetoric II - The Enlightenment to Today

One of the secondary courses can also be fulfilled with one of the following linguistics courses: ENG 400, 541, or 544.

Elective course (3 hours): 400- or 500-level ENG course (e.g., technical, expository, or creative writing; pedagogy; linguistics, literature).

Students are required to complete one of the following options (9 credit hours inside or outside of the English Department).

Students are required to complete one of the following options (9 credit hours inside or outside of the English Department).

3 courses in the same foreign language

3 ESL/Linguistics courses

3 American or English literature courses

3 creative writing courses

3 computer and/or internet-based courses

3 literacy and/or reading courses

Alternative 3-course sequence to be determined by student in consultation with graduate advisor (e.g., courses in curriculum and instruction, mass communications, or instructional technology). Course work used to fulfill this option may be completed while student is a candidate in the Teaching of Writing specialization or may have been completed during the five years immediately preceding entrance to the program.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Under the auspices of ENG 596, the student will consult with the graduate adviser to create a three-person graduate faculty committee who will oversee the student's development of pertinent reading lists and the student's successful completion of three research-based essays on topics determined by the committee and student.

TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

The specialization in teaching English as a second language (TESL) prepares the student for professional opportunities related to teaching English to non-native speakers or for advanced graduate programs in similar or related fields. A student completing this specialization will be able to teach English as a second or foreign language, to develop curricula and teaching materials for second language learners, to evaluate the English language capabilities of such learners, and to participate in the advising of students for whom English is not a first language.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

The specialization in teaching English as a second language requires (TESL) 30 hours of course work. During a student’s program, the student must complete three credits of our TESL Practicum (ENG 545), beginning in his or her first or second semester. To complete this specialization, the student, in consultation with the TESL adviser may elect a thesis or take ENG 595. Enrolling in 595 is recommended for students with no previous or current TESL experience.

 

Students taking 595 to complete their exit requirement are required to complete 4 electives from the following list, and students electing the thesis option must complete 3 electives. For all students, at least 2 of the electives must be at the 500 level.

 

 

Required courses (15 hours): ENG 400, 416, 468, 542, 545.

Electives (9-12 hours): ENG 405, 408, 409, 417, 418, 470, 472, 474, 540, 541, 543, 544, 597.

Final Course or Thesis (3-6 hours): ENG 595 or ENG 599-6.

 

Students who hold a valid teaching certificate may take a series of courses leading to Illinois and/or Missouri ESL teaching approval.  These courses are:  ENG 400, 409, 416, 468, 470, 472, 476.  Students interested in this specialization should contact the ESL Approval adviser.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

The mode of final examination is dependent on the culminating activity selected by the student. A student who elects the thesis option must successfully complete a one-hour oral examination based on the thesis. A student who elects to enroll in 595 must attain at least a B in that course and successfully complete an examination responding to questions submitted by an examining committee of TESL faculty.

CREATIVE WRITING

The specialization in creative writing is designed for the student interested in pursuing the art of writing fiction or poetry. Students pursuing this specialization will not just develop their skills as writers, they will be better prepared to teach creative writing, pursue other professional writing opportunities, conduct further research into matters of creative writing pedagogy, and publish their own creative works.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Completion of the program requires at least 30 hours, however students may enroll in an optional second unit of thesis hours, for a total of 33 hours. Students are required to complete the following primary courses (18 hours):

Required Thesis (3 hours): ENG 599 (3-6 hours).

Required Literature (9 hours): Students are required to complete 3 graduate-level literature courses in consultation with their adviser, at least one of which must be in the contemporary period and at least one choice must be 500-level.

Workshop (12 hours):

ENG 593 (Poetry workshop) taken 4 times

Or

ENG 592 (Fiction workshop) taken 4 times

Electives (6 hours): Electives may be any graduate level course offering, an additional unit of thesis hours, or a workshop in the student's minor genre (492 or 493).

Note: ENG 554, Contemporary Pedagogy, required of all new teaching Graduate Assistants, may not be counted as an elective.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Students will submit as a thesis a book-length, publishable manuscript of poetry (roughly a minimum of 48 pages) prose (usually a minimum of 150 pages), or some hybrid text (length variable, at least 48-150 pages). Successful completion of the thesis defense constitutes completion of ENG 599.

POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE

ADMISSION

In addition to fulfilling the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants must submit the same supporting materials required for application to the MA specializations (a one-page statement of purpose, a writing sample, and three letters of reference accompanied by waiver forms). The Graduate Adviser may require specific undergraduate course work from students who have not majored in English. Students who begin the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program and then wish to enroll in the master's program must meet all requirements for admission to the MA degree program, including foreign language requirements.

AMERICAN AND ENGLISH LITERATURE

The American and English literature certificate is designed for students seeking graduate work in literature and research but not wishing to commit to a two-year MA program. The certificate program offers substantive study in a relatively brief time and is intended for students teaching or planning to teach on the community college, high school, and middle school levels.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

At least half of the six courses must be 500-level.

Required courses (6 hours): ENG 501 and 502.

Electives (12 hours): Students may distribute their remaining four course selections among several of the following categories or they may concentrate on one or two of the categories.

Old English and Medieval British Literature: 404, 406, 421, 505.

Renaissance and 17th Century British Literature: 413, 422, 423, 460, 471a, 471b, 473, 506.

18th Century British Literature: 424, 454, 461, 508.

19th Century British Literature: 426, 427, 455, 510.

Modern British Literature: 428, 456, 462, 482, 515.

Pre-20th Century American Literature: 431, 434, 439, 518.

Modern American Literature: 432, 435, 437, 440, 441a, 441b, 482, 515.

Gender and Ethnic Studies: 446, 457, 478, 526, 570.

Literary Criticism and Theory: 495, 501, 502.

Variable Topic Course: 443, 465, 521.

POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE

TEACHING OF WRITING

The Teaching of writing post-baccalaureate certificate is designed for students seeking graduate work in composition pedagogy and research but not wishing to commit to a two-year MA program. The certificate program offers substantive, comprehensive study in a relatively brief time and is intended for students teaching or planning to teach on the university, community college, high school, and middle school levels.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Required courses (12 hours):

ENG 552 Academic Writing and Research Methods in Composition Studies

ENG 554 Composition Pedagogy

ENG 556 Theory of Composition and Rhetoric

ENG 558 Practicum in the Teaching of Writing

Electives (6 hours, 3 credit hours each) selected from:

ENG 486 Teaching Creative Writing

ENG 490 Advanced Composition

ENG 491 Technical Writing

ENG 492 Advanced Fiction Writing

ENG 493 Advance Poetry Writing

ENG 541 Discourse Analysis

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 587 Politics of Composition Pedagogy

ENG 588 History of Rhetoric I - The Classical Period to the Renaissance

ENG 589 History of Rhetoric II - The Enlightenment to Today

ENG 592 Creative Writing

POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE

TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (TESL)

The TESL certificate is designed for students seeking graduate work in TESL pedagogy and theory but not wishing to commit to a two-year MA program. The program covers the same core areas that the full MA does, but can be completed in a shorter amount of time, allowing students to pursue other graduate degrees or professional experiences.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Required courses (12 hours): ENG 400, 416, 468, 542.

Electives (6 hours) selected from: ENG 540, 541, 543, 544, 597.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION with a specialization in

SECONDARY EDUCATION/ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

The Department of English Language and Literature, in cooperation with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, offers an English specialization as part of the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree in curriculum and instruction. A jointly advised program ordinarily including 15 hours in English will be designed, taking into account each prospective student's background and interests. Throughout the program, the student must consult with the program adviser in the Department of English Language and Literature before registering for any English courses. Upon completion of the program, students must have accumulated at least 42 semester hours in English (graduate and undergraduate work combined). Thus, students admitted to the program with less than 27 hours of acceptable undergraduate work will be required to complete more than 15 graduate hours in English in order to satisfy degree requirements. Students must achieve a 3.0 (A=4.0) grade point average in course work in the English/language arts teaching field, as well as an overall average of 3.0. For further information, see "Curriculum and Instruction" in another section of this chapter.

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