The Master of Arts in English with an Emphasis on Teaching is designed to meet the needs of English teachers, most especially those teaching in secondary schools, but also those teaching English and the language arts in middle and elementary schools. (Note: The degree does not provide teacher certification.)
A student desiring to enter the program should present a thirty-hour undergraduate major with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and a sample of critical writing about literature. At least twenty hours of the major must be in courses in literature; no more than fifteen of the thirty should be at the freshman-sophomore level. Applicants lacking an undergraduate major but who have at least 20 hours of work in English with a substantial number of courses in literature and who are otherwise judged eligible may be granted admission to the program on condition that they remedy perceived deficiencies in preparation by taking some undergraduate courses as prerequisites.