University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

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M.A. in Teaching English

The Master of Arts in Teaching with a major in English is designed to deepen teachers’ knowledge of theory and practice in English Education in ways that are professionally relevant to them as teachers in secondary schools, community colleges, and universities. Coursework includes a required core curriculum plus electives that allow students to tailor their degrees in ways that are most relevant to them.

Admission Requirements 

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or proof of equivalent education at a foreign institution.
  2. The bachelor’s degree must be in English or the applicant must have 12 hours of advanced-level English courses plus ENGL 4355 or the equivalent.
  3. A writing sample.
  4. A statement of purpose.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Optional: a resume or other supporting materials to give a full picture of the applicant’s potential.
  7. Applicants from countries where English is not the first language are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Please consult the graduate school website for required scores.

Degree Requirements 

A defense of the student’s thesis or practicum is required. In both cases, the majority vote of the thesis or practicum committee will determine acceptance or rejection.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 36

MAT in English (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
ENGL 5339Intro to Secondary English3
ENGL 5341Eng Studies in the Borderlands3
ENGL 5342Digital Lit and the Lang Arts3
ENGL 5345Writing to Learn3
Select seven graduate courses 121
Select one from the following options:3
Comprehensive Examination:
M.A.T. Written Examination
Select one graduate level ENGL course from below
Practicum in English Education
Select one graduate level ENGL course from below
and Thesis
Total Hours36

Please see advisor for options.


Graduate Level ENGL Courses

ENGL 5300Approach-Methods & Bibliog.3
ENGL 5301British Literature to 14853
ENGL 5302British Literature 1485-16603
ENGL 5303British Literature 1660-18323
ENGL 5304British Lit 1832-Present3
ENGL 5305Am. Lit: Exploration to 18003
ENGL 5306American Literature 1800-18653
ENGL 5307American Literature 1865-19453
ENGL 5308American Lit 1945-Present3
ENGL 5319English Historical Linguistics3
ENGL 5320Critical Theory and Practice3
ENGL 5321Literature of the Americas3
ENGL 5322Literature and Culture3
ENGL 5323Multi-Cult Lit: Theory & Pract3
ENGL 5324Multi-Cult Lit: Special Topics3
ENGL 5325Genre: Theory and Practice3
ENGL 5327Var Topics-Contemp Literature3
ENGL 5380Special Topics in English Ed3
ENGL 5390Directed Studies3
ENGL 5391M.A. Written Examination3
ENGL 5392Master of Arts Research Paper3
ENGL 5393Practicum in English Education3
ENGL 5394M.A.T. Written Examination3
ENGL 5397Writing Practicum3
RWS 5309Intro to Rhetoric & Writing St3
RWS 5311Persuasion and Argument3
RWS 5312Technical Writing3
RWS 5313Grant Writing3
RWS 5314Multimodal Composing3
RWS 5315Prof Writing & Rhetoric3
RWS 5316Graduate Writing Workshop3
RWS 5318Community Literacy Internship3
RWS 5328Special Topics in RWS3
RWS 5346Composition Theory & Pedagogy3