Students develop knowledge of literature and its history and expand their abilities to think analytically and write effectively through advanced study and research in British, American, and other literatures. The M.A. program in English thus prepares students for advanced graduate studies in English (Ph.D.), for pre-professional studies (law, business, and administration), for teaching careers, and for work in related fields (e.g., communications, public relations, publishing, and human resources).
The M.A. in English Licensure Programs prepares students for careers as teachers at the middle school or secondary levels. Students may earn Initial Licensure through an NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) accredited program or earn Professional Licensure. Candidates may elect the M.A. with Professional Licensure Option, a graduate program designed to allow teachers of English who hold initial licensure to become fully certified according to the educational reforms mandated for Massachusetts by the Board of Education. Candidates for certification complete a program that includes four required courses:
Prerequisites for Admission to the Program:
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
- Minimum of 18 hours in English above Composition at the undergraduate level.*
- A 3.0 (B) average in all English courses is required, as is a 2.8 overall G.P.A.
- Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test scores should be above the 50th percentile.
- A writing sample, preferably a literary essay, is required.
*Students may be required to fulfill undergraduate prerequisites as determined by the Graduate Advisor.
Procedures for Admission to the Program:
- Apply for admission to the Westfield State University Graduate Program.
- Obtain a Graduate Program of Study form from the College of Graduate Studies.
- Schedule an appointment with the English Department Advisor to complete the Graduate Program of Study form. Secure the signatures of the Advisor, the Department Chair or Program Director, and the Dean of Graduate Studies after completion of the form. Submit this form within the first semester after you have been accepted in the program.
M.A. in English with Initial Licensure (5-8)(8-12) - 34-46 Credits
All requirements for the M.A. in English in addition to the practicum must be completed before the candidate can receive an initial license to teach English.
- B.A. in English or Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 18 credits in literature courses
(Students may be required to fill undergraduate prerequisites as determined by the graduate advisor)
- 3.0 (B) average in all English courses is required, as is a 2.8 overall G.P.A.
- Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test scores above the 50th percentile
- Passing grade on MTEL Communication and Literacy Test
- A course in Adolescent Development
- A course in History of the English Language or Structure of the English Language
- A course in Sheltered English Immersion EDUC 631 (Consult with advisor before enrolling. This course is Field Based)
A. Courses - 34 Credits
- EDUC 0540 - Introduction to Students with Exceptional Learning Needs
- EDUC 0554 - Educational Planning and Evaluation: Middle and Secondary Schools
- ENGL 0527 - Contemporary Cross-Cultural Literature
- ENGL 0538 - Young Adult Literature in the ELA Classroom
- ENGL 0550 - Methods of Teaching English in Middle/Secondary Schools
- ENGL 0583 - Issues in Rhetoric and Composition
- 12 additional credits in 600-level Literature Courses Including 1 600-level course in American Literature 1 600-level course in British Literature 1 500-level or 600-level course in Diverse Literature 1 600-level course in Literature
- ENGL 0646 - Pre-Capstone Course
- ENGL 0647 - Research Folio/Capstone Experience
C. Practicum - Credits 6 or 12
- EDUC 0564 - Practicum: Middle School (one semester) or
- EDUC 0569 - Practicum: Secondary School (one semester) or
- EDUC 0564 & EDUC 0569 Practicum: Middle school & Secondary
(Students must complete a district practicum experience for each level of licensure).
Students must have passed the MTEL English subject area exam and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in English graduate classes before beginning the practicum. Students seeking licensure for English at the middle school level must also take EDUC 0321 The Middle School and its Students. A 30-hour diversity experience is required before or during practicum. Practicum placements are generally within a 30-mile radius of the university unless otherwise specified and approved.
C. Foreign Language Competence
Competence in one foreign language (e.g., French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian) is required. This competence may be demonstrated in one of these ways:
- Grades of C or better in two semesters of intermediate level undergraduate foreign language study, within 10 years; or
- acceptable performance in a national reading competence examination.