Graduate Programs

North Carolina A & T State University

English Department
Graduate Programs

Master of Arts - English and African American Literature
Master of Arts in Teaching - English Education

The Master's programs in English offer students a wide range of skills and knowledge in the areas of African American Literature, English Education, and Teaching. The programs prepare students to pursue graduate studies at the doctoral level in English or Education. They also prepare students for teaching at secondary and college levels. Specifically, the .A degree provides students the opportunity to explore critical theories and hone their critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. It also offers a solid foundation for those who may choose to seek a PhD in such disciplines as African American, Comparative, or English Literatures as well as African American, Africana, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, Subaltern and Women’s Studies. The M.A T. degree offers students seeking licensure through graduate studies the skills to teach in grades 9 -12. The M.A.T. program has two phases: Phase I comprises course work, internship and Praxis II leading to A- licensure. Phase II includes a research component and qualifying course work leading to advanced M- Licensure.

For more information contact: Pauline Ada Uwakweh, PhD, Assistant Professoe/Gradute Coordinator, GCB Fourth Floor, Office 446, (336) 285-2343, pauwakwe@ncat.edu

Required Major Courses for Concentrations

Master of Arts - English and African American Literature (30 total hours)

  • ENGL 700: Introduction to Critical Theory
  • ENGL 753: Introduction to Graduate Literary Studies
  • ENGL 755: Contemporary Practices in Grammar and Rhetoric

Students who register for this concentration must also take 12 hours in African American literature and 9 hours in English and American literature. Thesis option requires only 9 hours of African American literature.

Prerequisites: (18 hours of ENGL) if needed

  • ENGL 220: OR 221: English literature I or II (3)
  • ENGL 240: Advanced Grammar (3)
  • ENGL 333 or 334: African American Literature I or II (3)
  • ENGL 300: Advanced Composition (3)
  • ENGL 410 : Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 430: American Literature I or II (3)

Courses for Senior Undergraduates and for Graduates

  • ENGL 600 Language Variations in American English
  • ENGL 603 Introduction to Folklore
  • ENGL 626 Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 627 Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 628 The American Novel
  • ENGL 631 Black Women Writers of Africa and the Diaspora
  • ENGL 650 African American Folklore
  • ENGL 652 African American Drama
  • ENGL 653 Teaching English as a Second Language
  • ENGL 654 African American Novel I
  • ENGL 656 African American Novel II
  • ENGL 658 African American Poetry I
  • ENGL 660 African American Poetry II
  • ENGL 672 Directed Study in English

Graduate Courses: Open Only to Graduate Students

  • ENGL 700 Introduction to Critical Theory
  • ENGL 701 English Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 703 Seventeenth-Century English Literature
  • ENGL 704 Eighteenth-Century English Literature
  • ENGL 705 Romantic Literature
  • ENGL 706 Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 707 Modern British Fiction
  • ENGL 709 Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 710 Language Arts for Elementary Teachers I
  • ENGL 711 Secondary Education: The Classroom as Clinic
  • ENGL 712 Teaching of Freshman Writing
  • ENGL 721 Major American Writers I
  • ENGL 722 Major American Writers II
  • ENGL 723 Modern American Poetry
  • ENGL 724 American Multi-Cultural Literature
  • ENGL 726 From Pen to Power: Empowerment through Enhancement of Critical Thinking and Writing Behaviors
  • ENGL 730 Directed Study in English
  • ENGL 731 Technology in Teaching and Research in the Humanities
  • ENGL 744 Postcolonial Novel and Theory
  • ENGL 753 Introduction to Graduate Literary Studies
  • ENGL 754 History and Structure of the English Language
  • ENGL 755 Contemporary Practices in Grammar and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 760 Non-Fiction by African American Writers
  • ENGL 762 Short Fiction by African American Writers
  • ENGL 764 African American Aesthetics
  • ENGL 766 Seminar in African American Literature and Language
  • ENGL 770 Seminar
  • ENGL 775 Thesis Research

2. Master of Arts in Teaching - English Education (39 total hours )

A: Phase I: Initial Licensure Courses

  • ENGL 653: Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • ENGL 755 - Contemporary Practices in Grammar and Rhetoric (3)
  • CUIN 640: Methods of Teaching for 21st Century (3)
  • CUIN 618/619: Learning Theories: Worldviews, Paradigms, and Practices applied in the 21st century Classroom/Learning Theories (3)
  • CUIN 729: Diversity Issues in K-12 (3)

B. Benchmark: (Admission into the Teacher program)

  • CUIN 660: Clinical Practice in Teacher Education (6)
  • CUIN 670Capstone Experience in Teacher Education (3)

C. Benchmark: Pass Praxis II (Exam 41/43), maintain 3.0 GPA, and be licensed before continuing into Phase II.

D. Phase II :

  • CUIN 711: Research Methods (3)
  • CUIN 712: Teaching Freshman Writing (3)
  • CUIN 715: Assessing and Evaluating the 21st century Learner (3)
  • CUIN 728: Integrating Technology in K-12 Curriculum (3)
  • ENGL 711: M.A.T Capstone in Secondary English Teaching (3)

Admission Criteria to Phase I

  • Bachelors degree with a minimum 2.8 G.P.A from an accredited institution
  • Completion of prerequisite courses for those whose bachelor's degree is not in English
  • GRE Test Scores

Prerequisites: (18 hours of ENGL) if needed

  • ENGL 220: OR 221: English literature I or II (3)
  • ENGL 240: Advanced Grammar (3)
  • ENGL 333 or 334: African American Literature I or II (3)
  • ENGL 300: Advanced Composition (3)
  • ENGL 410 : Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 430: American Literature I or II (3)

A: Phase I: Initial Licensure Courses

  • ENGL 653: Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • ENGL 755: Contemporary Practices in Grammar and Rhetoric (3)
  • CUIN 640: Methods of Teaching for 21st Century (3)
  • CUIN 618/619: Learning Theories: Worldviews, Paradigms, and Practices applied in the 21st century Classroom/Learning Theories (3)
  • CUIN 729: Diversity Issues in K-12 (3)

B. Benchmark: (Admission into the Teacher program)

  • CUIN 660: Clinical Practice in Teacher Education (6)
  • CUIN 670: Capstone Experience in Teacher Education (3)

(Total credit hours to complete Phase I = 24)

C. Benchmark: Pass Praxis II (Exam 41/43), maintain 3.0 GPA, and be licensed before continuing into Phase II.

D. Phase II :

  • CUIN 711: Research Methods (3)
  • CUIN 712: Teaching Freshman Writing (3)
  • CUIN715: Assessing and Evaluating the 21st century Learner (3)
  • CUIN728: Integrating Technology in K-12 Curriculum (3)
  • ENGL 711: M.A.T Capstone in Secondary English Teaching (3)

(Total credit hours to complete Phase II = 15)

CUIN/ENGL 788: Comprehensive Exams

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