MA in English with Literature and the Teaching of Reading Specialization Coursework & Program of Study

Group of students in front of the Memorial UnionThe Literature and the Teaching of Reading specialization is designed for students with a teacher license who wish to take graduate literature courses and work toward a reading endorsement by taking three reading courses in Curriculum and Instruction while also completing courses in British, American, and other literature areas.  This program is especially valuable to those teaching at the upper elementary, middle school, and high school levels including those teaching dual-enrollment courses.)

The MA in English (Specialization in Literature and the Teaching of Reading) major requires a total of 30 credits of coursework.

The English MA Literature and the Teaching of Reading specialization Program of Study Requirements

Area of CourseworkCoursesCredits
CORE COURSEWORK

18
Teaching/Criticism/Bibliography
Choose one course from the following:
Engl 521
Engl 522
Engl 546
3
Literature
Choose the appropriate number of credits from each of the following categories below.
*Engl 523 can satisfy either the Literature course requirement (British or General) or the Language Requirement, but not both. It can, however, satisfy both an Area of Specialization elective and the Language Requirement.
3 cr. must be in literature before 1865 (523, 532, or 533; and 531, 538, 540, 541, 543, 545, 546 when appropriate)
Note: X courses may be used in the following 3 categories depending on the topic
15
• American Literature
Choose one course:
Engl 532, 534
When appropriate:
531, 538, 539, 540, 541, 543, 545, 546
3
• British Literature

Choose one course:
Engl 523, 533, 535
When appropriate:
531, 538, 539, 540, 541, 545, 546
3
• General Literature
Engl 521, 522, and 546 can only be used once to satisfy this requirement or the Teaching/Criticism/Bibliography requirement above, but not both.
Include pre-1865 requirement in this section if not met above in American or British Literature requirement.
Choose three (3) courses from the following:
Engl 521, 522, 523, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 538, 539, 540, 541, 543, 545, 546, 561, 590a, 595a
9
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
9
Literature & the Teaching of Reading
Students interested in this specialization must be interviewed by Donna NIday (dniday@iastate.edu); generally, only those with current teaching licenses will qualify for this specialization.
C I 552: Assessment for Literacy and Learning
C I 588: Supervised Tutoring in Reading
One of the following:
C I 553: Teaching Adolescent Readers with Reading Difficulties
or
C I 556: Integrating Technology into Literacy
9
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
Engl 699: Thesis Research
or
Engl 599: Creative Component
3
TOTAL30 minimum

Language Requirement

Knowledge of a nonnative language is required for the MA in English with a specialization in Literature or Literature and the Teaching of Reading.

Native speakers of English
All students completing the MA degree in English in either specialization must complete a requirement in the study of language. Students must do one of the following:

  • complete two years or their equivalent of college-level study in a single foreign language with an average grade of C or higher OR
  • complete, with a grade of B or higher, ENGL 523: Introduction to Old English Language and Literature* OR
  • complete, with a grade of B or higher, 3 credit hours of graduate linguistics

*NOTE: English 523 can be used to satisfy either the Language Requirement or a literature course requirement (e.g., pre-1865 British literature), but not both. It can, however, satisfy both an Area of Specialization elective and the Language Requirement.

Nonnative speakers of English

To satisfy the language requirement, nonnative speakers of English must pass the English Placement Test (EPT) as a graduate student or qualify for one of the EPT exemptions listed below; if students fail the English Placement Test (for nonnative speakers), they will be required to take English classes.