Dec 06, 2022  
2022-2023 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2022-2023 School of Graduate Studies Catalog

English, Master of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching


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The Master of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching English offers students a balanced program of reflection and research in principles and practices for instruction of English language and literature with particular emphasis upon contemporary methodology. It builds additional competence in the subject area of English. Successful completion of the program leads to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts academic requirements for licensure to teach English at the secondary level. It also prepares students for advanced studies in literature at the doctoral level.

This program offers students a clear route to attain full professional licensure. The MAT in English program meets the current state requirements for the initial licensure package. The MA in English program provides students with an appropriate means of obtaining professional licensure if they already have initial licensure. Students who have completed Salem State’s undergraduate education and English programs, which provide initial licensure, can enroll in the MA in English program to fulfill the academic requirements for professional licensure.

Admission Requirements

Specific additional admissions requirements.

  1. For those candidates interested in pursuing Option “L” (Literary Studies), a 6-12 page analytical writing sample must be submitted.
  2. For those candidates interested in pursuing Option “W” (Writing), a 6-12 page creative writing sample in the intended genre must be submitted.
  3. Applicants for these programs are exempt from having to take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  4. A passing score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, both in the communications and literacy skills portion.
  5. Course in adolescent psychology (undergraduate or graduate)
  6. Language Proficiency

All candidates for the M.A. in English must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by one of the following options acceptable to the department graduate committee: a) proof of satisfactory completion of six hours of undergraduate credit beyond the elementary level of a language other than English; or b) a passing score in a  language examination; or c) approval by department graduate coordinator and department graduate committee.

Program Requirements


Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THE PROGRAM. You should meet regularly with the program coordinator to discuss your progress and revise your plan of study, as needed.

All candidates for this degree must complete a minimum of 49 credit hours of graduate course work, as described below.

For information about the writing concentration and alternate capstone, please see the MA English program coordinator.

Required Courses


Content Courses (15 credits)


Five content courses to be selected in consultation with the program coordinator (following review of undergraduate transcript).

Elective Courses (6-9 credits)


Two English electives, including an MA capstone experience (ENG 994 or ENG 998, repeatable once as needed), OR three English electives selected in consultation with the program coordinator (6-9 credits).

Total Credits: 49-58


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