Graduate Program In English

Information for Prospective Students

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The Department of English and Theatre and Foreign Languages at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke offers two concentrations of a Master of Arts in English Education, and an English concentration of a Master of Arts in Teaching. Programs are designed to be completed by full-time students in two years, though part-time students have up to five years. Classes meet during the evening to accommodate graduate students' busy schedules.

The scholars of the English Education graduate faculty bring diverse experiences and specialties to their instruction, and develop close professional relationships with their graduate students. Our graduate faculty includes current and former deans, department chairs, and teaching award winners, including several recipients of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Which program is for you?

  • THE MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH EDUCATION, LICENSURE CONCENTRATION is designed to prepare the licensed, in-service secondary English teacher to be a leader, researcher, and master teacher. It is designed for English teachers with an initial ("A") license who, after the successful completion of the program, will obtain the North Carolina "M" license in English (9-12)
  • THE MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH EDUCATION, THESIS CONCENTRATION is designed to prepare individuals with undergraduate degrees in English or closely-related fields for endeavors requiring a Master's degree, including community college instruction or further study in English. Unlike traditional Master of Arts in English programs, this degree includes coursework in the teaching of literature and writing that will prepare community college and private school instructors.
  • THE MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING, ENGLISH 9-12 SPECIALIZATION is part of an interdisciplinary degree housed in the School of Education. This degree, compatible with Lateral Entry licensure, allows graduates of accredited colleges or universities to seek teaching licensure in an appropriate area. This program has two phases; completion of Phase I leads to initial ("A") licensure, and at the conclusion of Phase II candidates will be recommended for "M" licensure. The English 9-12 Specialization accepts candidates with undergraduate degrees other than English, though admission may require completion of some undergraduate coursework.

Current UNCP undergraduates may be qualified for provisional admission to the Master of Arts in English Education while they complete their undergraduate studies. See our 4+2 program and the flyer below for details.

College graduates with backgrounds in English or related fields who are admitted to the program seek advanced knowledge and skills in language, literacy, and literature for various personal and professional proposes, including preparation to teach in community colleges. Our alumni have gone on to positions in the public schools, private schools, both the public and private sectors, community colleges, higher education, and doctoral study. They are leaders, innovators, and authorities; they are committed, collaborative, and competent.

Through graduate course work, candidates for the Graduate Programs in English Education develop advanced expertise in language, literacy, literature, and pedagogy. For licensure candidates (MA or MAT), the culminating product of the graduate experience is a Capstone Portfolio and Presentation, in which the candidate demonstrates a clearly articulated, coherent philosophy of teaching. MA candidates in the Thesis Concentration complete a six-credit thesis, in which they pursue a substantial topic through sustained independent research.