English Education, MA

The Master of Arts in English education at ASU is a one-year intensive program designed to prepare inservice teachers for careers as exemplary educators and leaders in English language arts instruction. Students in the program develop a deeper understanding of language arts by learning how to access, analyze, and apply theoretical frames and best practices for teaching students in grades 7-12. The program encourages students to employ academic research and inquiry to address questions they have about their own students’ learning. Designed for practicing teachers who want to continue to teach full-time while furthering their education, this dynamic course of study culminates with an applied project that directly impacts instruction in language arts classrooms.

The MA in English education is the only one of its kind in the state of Arizona. The program offers an intellectual cohort of English language arts teachers who share their teaching practices and teacher inquiry work and apply their learning and leadership in their classrooms, schools, and districts. The program’s alumni are equally impressive and have become teacher-leaders throughout Arizona, have presented their work at local and national conferences, and have become active in the National Writing Project and the National Council of Teachers of English.

1 year to degree
91% completion rate
4 faculty

Degree Overview

This 30-hour program requires 27 hours of coursework and 3 hours toward the applied project. There is no second language requirement. The ideal candidate is interested in developing a deeper understanding of the language arts by learning how to access, analyze, and apply theoretical frames and best teaching practices in secondary education. The GRE is not required for the application.

How to apply

Please review the application procedures on the website.

Application Deadlines: 
First application review deadline: January 15 
Final application review deadline: June 15

Qualifications: The Graduate College 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 education program 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 enggrad@asu.edu for questions pertaining to application.  

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.

I have learned so many new approaches for teaching reading and writing, and I feel so much more confident in my ability to teach in new exciting ways.

—English education MA student, 2017


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 program participate in a cohorted program in which all students admitted in an academic year take courses together for the duration of the program.


A minimum of 30 credit hours is required.

Requirements and electives


Core Courses


Required Course


Electives and Research


Applied Project


Total hours required


Courses and electives

Courses meet in face-to-face, hybrid, and online settings. Questions about the program can be directed to the academic advisor.

  • ENG 501 Approaches to Research
  • ENG 506 Methods and Issues in Teaching Language
  • ENG 507 Methods and Issues in Teaching Composition
  • 2 cohorted elective courses (level 500 and above)*
  • ENG 592 Research
  • ENG 606 Advanced Studies in English Education.

*These choices must be approved.

Session A:

  • ENG 593 Applied Project
  • ENG 594 Central Arizona Writing Project

Session B:

  • ENG 540 Teaching Young Adult Literature

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