Master of Arts in English Education


The Master of Arts in English Education is a one-year intensive program designed to prepare inservice teachers for careers as exemplary educators and leaders in English language instruction. This dynamic course of study culminates with an applied project that directly impacts instruction in Language Arts classrooms. Students in the MA English Education program develop a deep understanding of the language arts by learning how to access, analyze, and apply theoretical frames and best practices for teaching students in grades 7-12. The program balances the refining of disciplinary knowledge with pedagogical application of that knowledge in classrooms. Students take a variety of relevant courses including: advanced methods courses in reading and writing, adolescent literature, and research methods for teachers. The program encourages students to employ academic research and inquiry to address questions they have about their own students’ learning.

The MA English Education program is located on ASU’s Tempe Campus, a vibrant, urban setting in the heart of metropolitan Phoenix. The location provides access to diverse earning environments that foster inquiry into best practices for teaching the English Language Arts.

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*Note: This degree is not TESOL, ESL, or EFL related. If interested in these fields, check out our MTESOL and MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics programs.


The Master of Arts in English Education consists of 30 hours of graduate courses (i.e. courses that carry a 500-level credit or above. These courses are carefully sequenced over the course of one full year (full academic year plus summer). Students in the MA English Education participate in a cohorted program in which all students admitted in an academic year take courses together for the duration of the program. Courses meet in face-to-face, hybrid, and online settings.

The required courses in the Master of Arts in English Education  are:

Fall Semester: ENG 501 Approaches to Research, ENG 506 Methods and Issues in Teaching Language; ENG 507 Methods and Issues in Teaching Composition.

Spring Semester:  2 cohorted elective courses (level 500 and above), ENG 592 Research (Please note: the default when registering is 1 credit hour and it must be changed to 3 credit hours), ENG 606 Advanced Studies in English Education.

Summer Semester (Session A):  ENG 593 Applied Project (Please note: the default when registering is 1 credit hour and it must be changed to 3 credit hours); ENG 594 Central Arizona Writing Project

Summer Semester (Session B):  ENG 540 Teaching Young Adult Literature

Applied Project (ENG 593 – 3 hours): Students in the MA English Education will produce a project under the supervision of the Applied Project director and orally present it at the end of the semester applied project showcase.  One additional committee member is required.  Applied projects may include: curriculum design, professional portfolio, teacher inquiry research project, etc.

When filling in the Plan of Study (iPOS), students will list the required courses in the appropriate sections:

Required Core (12 credit hours)

  • ENG 501 Approaches to Research (3)
  • ENG 506 Methods and Issues in Teaching Language (3)
  • ENG 507 Methods and Issues in Teaching Composition (3)
  • ENG 606 Advanced Studies in English Education (3)

Electives or Research (12 credit hours)

  • a cohorted elective course (level 500 and above) (3)
  • a cohorted elective course (level 500 and above) (3)
  • ENG 592 Research (3)
  • ENG 540 Teaching Young Adult Literature (3)

Other Requirements (3 credit hours)

  • ENG 594 Conference and Workshop (3)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)

  • ENG 593 Applied Project (3)


Please review the application procedures on the website.

Application Deadlines: 
First Application Review Deadline: January 15
Final Application Review Deadline: June 15

Note: The committee reviews applications shortly after the deadline. The application must be complete with all supporting documents before review. This is the applicant's responsibility. Please plan accordingly when submitting an application.

Qualifications: Graduate Education requires a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better in the last two years of work leading to the bachelor’s degree. Applicants for the MA English (English education track) should have an undergraduate major in English, a related educational field, or teaching experience in the English Language Arts at the secondary level.

Candidates must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • One to two page statement of purpose detailing the students background, reasons for wanting to do graduate work in English Education, and goals.
  • Three academic or professional letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts
  • The GRE is not required for this program.

Contact for questions pertaining to application.  
For specific questions about the program, contact the program director Jessica Early.

Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.


                Name                               Contact                           Expertise


Gabriel Acevedo

Assistant Professor

Acevedo's research

focuses on queer young

adult literature, pop culture



methodologies, and


in Caribbean/Puerto Rican



Ross-Blakley Hall 

Office 122

English Education,

Literacy and Writing

Social Justice in Education

Teaching and Teacher Education

Young Adult Literature


James Blasingame


Blasingame focuses on young

adult literature, Indigenous

education, secondary writing

instruction, preparing pre-service

teachers, and cowboy poetry.


Ross-Blakley Hall 349 PO Box



Jessica Early


Early is a scholar of English

education and secondary

literacy. She is the director of

English education and the

Central Arizona Writing

Project at ASU.


Ross-Blakley Hall 163 PO Box


English Education

Literacy and Writing

Secondary Education

Social Justice in Education,

Composition Studies


Christina Saidy

Director of English Education,

Associate Professor

Saidy's research focuses on

writing and writing transitions

with secondary students,

teachers in professional

development groups, and

students entering college.

Ross-Blakley Hall 222 PO Box


English Education

Pedagogical Studies

Composition Studies