2023-2024 Graduate Catalog English
409 Stevenson Hall
Campus Box 4240
Interim Chairperson: Katherine Ellison
M.A./M.S. and Ph.D. in English; M.A./M.S. in English Education; Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
Accelerated Master’s Degree in English Education
High achieving students who graduated with a degree in ISU’s Accelerated English Education undergraduate program are allowed to apply up to 12 hours of approved graduate courses to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Master's Degree in English Program
Degree Offered: M.A., M.S.
The Department offers a master's degree in English, with emphases by advising in English studies, children’s literature, creative writing, linguistics, literary and cultural studies, rhetoric and composition, technical writing and rhetorics, and TESOL. ENG 402 is required for students with teaching assistantships in the writing program.
All master’s degree programs require a minimum of 50 percent of the non-thesis credit hours applied to the degree to be 400-level courses or above.
Option 1 - Non-Thesis
This degree option, made in consultation with the advisor, requires 11 courses and either a comprehensive examination or a portfolio, the contents of which are to be determined by the student, also in consultation with the advisor.
Option 2 - Thesis
This degree option, made in consultation with the advisor, requires 10 courses and a thesis. The typical program is approximately 34 semester hours.
Master's of English Education Program
Degree Offered: M.A., M.S.
The Master of English Education is a professional degree designed to improve the content and pedagogical knowledge of in service teachers of English language arts (ELA) who already possess a bachelor’s degree in English Education. The 34 credit hour degree requires core coursework in English Education and elective coursework in English or related disciplines. It also requires a thesis.
Students who wish to complete degree requirements for a Master of Arts rather than Master of Science, must complete the Graduate School Master of Arts degree foreign language requirement.
English Education Content:
- 15 credit hours from 400-level courses in English. Students may take graduate courses in other related disciplines such as Educational Administration and Foundations, Special Education, Teaching and Learning, Theater, and Communication. Written permission must be received prior to enrollment from the English Education Graduate Program Coordinator.
- 4 credit hours of ENG 499 under the direction of English Education graduate faculty advisor or thesis chair.
Doctor of Philosophy in English Program
Degree Offered: Ph.D.
A full-time student should normally complete coursework in two calendar years, a part-time student, in four years. Other university requirements for Ph.D. degrees are listed elsewhere in this catalog.
Course requirements include:
- 3 hours: ENG 402 for students with teaching assistantships in composition
- 16 hours: ENG 510, ENG 540, ENG 560, and ENG 590
- 6-9 hours: English Studies electives
- 6 hours: pedagogy
- 15 hours: specialization
- comprehensive examinations: specialization exam and English Studies presentation
- 4 hours: ENG 591
- Internship in Teaching
- 15+ hours: ENG 599, dissertation that connects research in language, literature, or writing with pedagogy