M.A. in English
The English M.A. degree program at WKU prepares students for careers in teaching, for continuing graduate work toward a Ph.D. in English, and for other careers—like editing and publishing or technical and professional writing—that involve strong communication skills. While the M.A. in English does not lead to initial K-12 teacher certification, the degree does satisfy Kentucky state requirements for teachers to advance in rank. We’re proud to have served many Kentucky teachers of English in this capacity. * (Teachers seeking Rank II/I, please scroll down this page for additional information.) WKU offers a tuition discount to P-12 teachers. Follow this link to learn more: https://www.wku.edu/ketd/
Our graduates have entered Ph.D. programs in English at universities around the USA. It’s a pleasure to see several recent graduates now employed full time in tenure-track positions at colleges and universities, having earned their Ph.D. degrees elsewhere. Other graduates have chosen to teach at community colleges immediately upon leaving Cherry Hall, the temple of language and literature on top of the hill that gives us our nickname.
Our graduate students are an active and close-knit group. New students report finding faculty and fellow students welcoming and supportive. We currently employ 7 students annually as graduate assistants who get teacher training through our mentoring program, tutoring experience in the Writing Center, and teaching experience in year two of the program when graduate assistants are instructors of record for courses in Introduction to College Writing.
The M.A. in English curriculum is straightforward, with coursework promising to develop employable skills in some of the most in-demand areas of English studies: composition and literature pedagogy, with a taste of TESL (teaching English as a second language) and literary/cultural theory in Introduction to Graduate Studies.