Master's Degree in English, English Education Emphasis

The Masters Degree in English, English Education emphasis is aimed at secondary-school teachers already holding valid Mississippi teaching licenses. This emphasis area is structured identically to the literature emphasis, with students taking courses in the traditional distribution areas for the literature program and using the space for electives to take courses in the teaching of literature, creative writing, and composition.  

33 credit hours (27 hours coursework + 6 thesis hours)

  • ENG 640: Critical Readings and Methods (3 hours)
  • ENG 641: Advanced Research and Methods (3 hours)
  • One course in literary theory (ENG 642, 644 or 744) (3 hours)
  • Four courses (12 hours) distributed across the following subject areas: 1. American Literature to 1890, 2. British Literature to 1660, 3. British Literature 1660-1890, 4. British & American Literature 1890-1960, 5. Literatures in English after 1960, 6. Non-traditional Literatures in English)
  • Two teaching elective chosen from ENG 628: Teaching Creative Writing, ENG 629: Teaching Literature, and ENG 630: Teaching Composition (6 hours)
  • ENG 698: Thesis (3-6 hours)

Additional requirements and guidelines:

  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language. For further information on the foreign language requirement, please click here.
  • 500-level classes count towards a degree only with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, and at least 2 courses (6 hours) must be at the 700-level.
  • Students must take ENG 690: Practicum in the Theory and Teaching of Composition if they hold an assistantship that includes teaching as one of their duties.
  • Students must successfully complete a Master’s Comprehensive Examination in August, after the first year of study. The exam may be retaken once.  Any student who fails the Comprehensive Exam twice will be dismissed from the program.
  • Students must complete a Master’s thesis, an article-length critical essay that emerges from a paper produced during the first year of study and that will be revised and developed during the course of ENG 641.
  • A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.
  • Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study (1-page Excel spreadsheet) to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester in which they are enrolled.  (Plans of study for each degree are on separate tabs--please be sure to choose the appropriate plan.)


Note: We currently offer no graduate courses online.