Other Concentrations

Teaching of Writing and Literature Concentration

The MA in English concentration in the teaching of writing and literature is an innovative degree that combines course work in literature and composition with seminars in pedagogical methods. It serves well as a gateway to primary or secondary education, community college teaching, or further graduate work in such fields as composition and rhetoric.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 30 credits in one concentration as specified below. 

Students in the concentrations of cultural studies, literature, and teaching of writing and literature must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a foreign language in one of the following ways: submitting an undergraduate (or continuing education) transcript that includes courses corresponding to intermediate proficiency; completing a Mason foreign language course numbered 202 or higher; passing a proficiency exam administered by the English department.

Concentration in the Teaching of Writing and Literature (TWL)

Research Courses  
ENGH 701 Research in English Studies 3
ENGH 602 Pedagogical Research 3
Teaching Writing  
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Proseminar in Composition Instruction  
Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program 1  
Workshop in English 2  
Teaching Literature  
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature 3  
Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program 1  
Composition Theory  
ENGH 697 Composition Theory 3
or ENGH 611 Studies in Rhetoric
Literature Courses  
Select 6 credits from courses in the Literature Concentration 6
Linguistics Course  
Select 3 credits from the following. 4 3
Introduction to Linguistics  
Field Work in Applied Linguistics  
Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language  
Modern English Grammar  
EDCI 519
Methods of Teaching Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners  
Psycholinguistics  
Electives  
6 credits of electives 6
Optional Thesis  
Select 6 credits of thesis in place of elective requirement.  
Thesis (6 credits)  
Total Credits 30
1

Offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts.

2

NVWP Summer Institute, open to full-time teachers on an invitation basis. 

3

Open to non-TAs in the spring semester. 

4

Note all courses, with exception of LING 520 Introduction to Linguistics, have prerequisites.



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