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Master of Arts for Teachers of English

This master of arts (MA) cohort program, for English teachers in the secondary and elementary school and collegiate system, offers an accessible two year advanced degree in English studies which recognizes the particular needs of teachers for a review of new critical approaches in the field, and for scheduling adapted to the demands of employment.

Program Requirements

The MATE cohort program consists of eight courses and an MA final paper or project. Two of these are required cohort courses, ENGL 831 and 834, which are taught as Shakespeare and twentieth century literature courses; and two are required professional development seminars, ENGL 880 and 881, which are taught as MATE cohort courses, focusing on recent critical approaches to literary study and on advanced research methods, respectively.


While the general regulations set the minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) necessary for continuance at 3.0, the department regards grades below B to be unsatisfactory and expects students to achieve above the minimum. If progress is unsatisfactory, withdrawal under graduate general regulation 1.8.2 may be required.

Option A students complete four courses, two professional development seminars, write a thesis of about 100 pages and defend it in an oral examination. Thesis option students submit a thesis proposal and are examined by the supervisory committee no later than one term following course work completion. Students proceed with the thesis only after approval of the supervisory committee and the graduate program committee.

Option B students (including MATE students) choose a paper or project from one of their six courses. The paper or project, which is revised and expanded for publication, is examined by two faculty who, together, assign a grade of pass with distinction/pass/fail. The paper or project is completed and submitted for evaluation no later than the end of the term following course work completion. A student who fails may be permitted a second and final attempt. For further information, see graduate general regulation 1.1.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.