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English Emphasis Courses

Southwest Minnesota State University is offering a Master of Science in Education with an English emphasis. The English emphasis is appropriate for licensed English/Language Art teachers, two-year college instructors, high school teachers seeking credentialing for concurrent enrollment courses, and people with bachelor's degree in English who wish to pursue coursework.

This emphasis allows students to add content and depth to their knowledge of literature and composition through research-based coursework. Choose 18 credits from the possible graduate credits offered in Eng/Lit.  While SMSU offers an M.S. in Education with an emphasis in English, you do not have to be part of that program to take part of the English graduate courses. 

We also offer two graduate certificate programs, one in Literature Studies (11 credits) and one in Writing Studies (10 credits) for students who would like to earn a credential but do not need a complete degree. 

All courses are online and use standard A-F grading.  Prerequisities for all classes are a B.A. or B.S. degree. 


MASTER’S DEGREE CURRICULUM

CORE COURSES (36 Credits)

ED 623: Professional Planning & Assessment- 2 cr.
ED 625: 21st Century Brain-Based Teaching and Learning- 3 cr.
ED 632: Linking Pedagogy and Content- 3 cr.
ED 635: Content & Curriculum Development-3 cr.
ED 622: Research in Education- 3 cr.
ED 624: Research Project Design- 3 cr.
ED 627: Research Project Implementation- 2 cr. 
LIT 622: 19th & 20th Century British Literature Survey, 4cr. (summer of odd numbered years)
LIT 632: A Survey of American Literature in All Its Diversity 4cr. (summer of odd numbered years)
ENG 675: Rhetoric, Literacy, and the Teaching of Writing, 4cr. (summer of even numbered years)
ENG 670: Digital Writing Seminar, 4cr. (summer of even numbered years)

PROFESSIONAL FIELD EMPHASIS IN ENGLISH
(or credential option as required by the HLC)

LIT 523: Shakespeare, 3 cr
LIT 622: British Literature Survey, 4cr. (summer of odd numbered years)
LIT 632: American Literature Survey, 4cr. (summer of odd numbered years)
LIT 670: World Literature 4 cr. (as needed)
LIT 686 Special Topics in Literature 1-4 cr. (as needed)
ENG 586: Special Topics in Composition & Rhetoric 1-4 cr. (as needed)
ENG 656: Minnesota Writing and English Practicum (last 5 wks of spring semester)
ENG 675: Rhetoric, Literacy, and the Teaching of Writing, 4cr (summer of even numbered years)
ENG 670: Digital Writing Seminar, 4cr. (summer of even numbered years)
ENG 680: Autoethnography and the Teaching of Writing, 2cr. (spring of even numbered years)
ENG 656: MnWE Practicum, 1cr. (spring semester)
Choose 18 credits

Graduate Certificate Options:

Graduate Certificate in Literature Studies:
LIT 523: Shakespeare, 3 cr
LIT 622: British Literature Survey, 4cr. (summer of odd numbered years)
LIT 632: American Literature Survey, 4cr. (summer of odd numbered years)


Graduate Certificate in Writing Studies:
ENG 675: Rhetoric, Literacy, and the Teaching of Writing, 4cr. (summer of even numbered years)
ENG 670: Digital Writing Seminar, 4cr. (summer of even numbered years)
ENG 680: Autoethnography and the Teaching of Writing, 2cr. (spring of even numbered years)

For more information on the curriculum please check out the course descriptions located in the  academic catalog.

For further insight into when courses are available and suggested to be taken, please check the English emphasis advising sheet. 

To learn more about the application and financial aid process visit  frequently asked questions. 

Concurrent Enrollment Scholarship Opportunity.  Click here to learn more.

Last Modified: 6/26/20 9:09 AM