Graduate Catalog 2010-12

English

 

Faculty

Stephen Cohen (Chair, Willard 304), Stuart Barnett, Burlin Barr, Candace Barrington, Anthony Cannella, David Cappella, Matthew Ciscel, Mary Collins, Robert Dowling, Christine Doyle, Robert Dunne, Brian Folker, Jaclyn Geller, Gilbert Gigliotti, Susan Gilmore, Heidi A. Hartwig, Thomas Hazuka, John A. Heitner, Beverly A. Johnson, Jason Jones, Paul Karpuk, Seunghun Lee, Eric Leonidas, Vivian Martin, Melissa A. Mentzer, Mary Anne Nunn, Steven D. Ostrowski, Aimee Pozorski, Rae C. Schipke, Ravi Shankar, Katherine Sugg, Heather Urbanski, Leyla Zidani-Eroglu (Dept. phone: 860-832-2740)

 

Department Overview

The Department of English offers graduate study leading to a Master of Arts degree in English, Master of Science degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Graduate Official Certificate in TESOL, teacher certification in English, and K-12 certification in TESOL. 

 

Programs

Master of Arts in English

Program Rationale:

The Master of Arts in English program is designed for students who wish to pursue the advanced study of English and American literature. The program offers students the opportunity to refine and expand both their knowledge of literature written in English and their facility with its criticism. The program begins with an introduction to the theory and practice of literary criticism and research and continues with coursework allowing students to work with faculty in small classes to investigate the discipline of literary studies and the scope of British and American literature from their beginnings to the present day. In this way, the MA program supports students' pursuit of careers in teaching at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level (or enhances the skills and qualifications of those already teaching); helps prepare students for further advanced study in a doctoral program; and gives them the tools necessary for other careers involving the reading, writing, and analysis of texts.
The program offers over 20 courses each year on a broad range of topics reflecting the diverse interests of the English Department's faculty. Typical approaches include in-depth examinations of individual authors, comparative studies of two or more authors, explorations of established or emergent literary forms, historical treatments of particular periods, and investigations of important critical or theoretical methods. Independent studies and guided readings are also available to allow students to pursue interests not addressed in scheduled courses. 
With its diverse, engaged faculty and structured but flexible program, the MA in English offers both full-time and part-time students a thorough, rigorous training in British and American literature and literary studies that allows students to tailor their experiences to meet their professional and intellectual needs and interests.

The Master of Arts in English program is designed for students who wish to pursue the advanced study of English and American literature. The program offers students the opportunity to refine and expand both their knowledge of literature written in English and their facility with its criticism. The program begins with an introduction to the theory and practice of literary criticism and research and continues with coursework allowing students to work with faculty in small classes to investigate the discipline of literary studies and the scope of British and American literature from their beginnings to the present day. In this way, the MA program supports students' pursuit of careers in teaching at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level (or enhances the skills and qualifications of those already teaching); helps prepare students for further advanced study in a doctoral program; and gives them the tools necessary for other careers involving the reading, writing, and analysis of texts.

The program offers over 20 courses each year on a broad range of topics reflecting the diverse interests of the English Department's faculty. Typical approaches include in-depth examinations of individual authors, comparative studies of two or more authors, explorations of established or emergent literary forms, historical treatments of particular periods, and investigations of important critical or theoretical methods. Independent studies and guided readings are also available to allow students to pursue interests not addressed in scheduled courses.

With its diverse, engaged faculty and structured but flexible program, the MA in English offers both full-time and part-time students a thorough, rigorous training in British and American literature and literary studies that allows students to tailor their experiences to meet their professional and intellectual needs and interests.

 

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program are expected to:

  • demonstrate a familiarity with several theoretical approaches to the study of literature;

  • appropriately and effectively compare examples of literature drawn from a variety of periods, genres, and/or national cultures; and

  • write effectively, in terms of composition and argumentation.

 

Admission:

To qualify for the Master of Arts degree program in English, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree in English or American literature or a closely related field from an accredited college or university, or 30 hours of appropriate undergraduate course work in the discipline (as approved by departmental review). Additional undergraduate credits will be required of students who lack sufficient preparation in literature. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.00 on a four-point scale both in overall undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate course work and in English courses. Conditional admission may be offered to students who do not meet all of these requirements. Applicants must also submit the following:

To the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office:

  • Graduate Application Form

  • Official undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts from every institution attended except CCSU

  • Application fee

To the English Department (Attn. Director of Graduate Studies), at the same time that application materials are submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office:

  • Letter of application detailing reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study in English

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic or professional work

  • A writing sample of 10-15 pages showcasing the applicant's strongest analytical or critical writing about literature. Work written for previous courses is acceptable (indeed encouraged), but "creative" pieces (poetry, fiction, or memoir) are not appropriate.

No applications will be considered until all materials have been received. Applications will be evaluated by the department on an ongoing basis.

Students in the MA program will be assigned an English Department advisor upon admission. Before registering for course work, students should read the program brochure "English Master of Arts Program Student Handbook" (available from the department) and consult with their advisors. Students must file planned programs in consultation with their advisors before completing 16 credits of graduate course work.

Course and Capstone Requirements:

(30 credits)

 

Plan A (Thesis)

ENG 598 Research in English* 3

ENG 500 Seminar in American Literature 3

ENG 501 Seminar in British Literature 3

ENG 530 Topics in Literary Periods 3

ENG 540 Topics in Literature and Theory 3

ENG 599 Thesis 3

12 credits of English electives at the 400 and 500 levels, with no more than nine

credits at the 400 level, as approved by the faculty advisor 12

 

Plan B (Comprehensive Examination)

ENG 598 Research in English* 3

ENG 500 Seminar in American Literature 3

ENG 501 Seminar in British Literature 3

ENG 530 Topics in Literary Periods 3

ENG 540 Topics in Literature and Theory 3

15 credits of English electives at the 400 and 500 levels, with no more than nine

credits at the 400 level, as approved by the faculty advisor 15

*To be completed during the first year of graduate study.

 

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in English

Certification in English is a non-degree program offered to persons with a bachelor's degree (normally in English) whose undergraduate course work does not meet State of Connecticut certification requirements for secondary English teachers. Courses taken to complete certification requirements may not be used to complete the English Department's MS or MA degree programs. A minimum of six credits in English at CCSU is required before student teaching.

 

Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Program Rationale:

The Master of Science degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a plan of study especially designed for those students with an interest in language and linguistics who wish to work with non-English speaking students here or abroad.

The TESOL program prepares teachers to use modern methods to meet the varying instructional needs of students of English as a second language or foreign language while encouraging such students to maintain their native languages and cultural competencies. Students receive a thorough grounding in practical skills and methods of language teaching to develop communicative competence and appropriate academic skills in English and to become professionally competent on issues involving the nature of language and language acquisition and the role of language in society.

 

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program are expected to:

  • write effectively, both technically and in terms of the field-appropriate style of analysis and argumentation;

  • demonstrate content knowledge with associated analytical skills in the following fields: syntax, phonology, sociolinguistics, TESOL methods, and second language acquisition;

  • identify and select teaching and assessment practices in accordance with universal principles in language teaching underlying the continuous bidirectional relationship between theoretical and applied subfields of linguistics;

  • use different methods of instruction in the teaching of English and development of relevant communicative and academic skills for speakers of other languages and to evaluate these methods in light of what is known about processes of language acquisition and educational development; and

  • understand the rules of language use and change in society, the importance of idiom and usage, and the nature of dialect differences and their social value.

 

Admission:

To qualify for the Master of Science degree program in TESOL, an applicant must have completed three credits of study in a second language (non-native speakers of English may use English to satisfy this requirement). Applicants must have a GPA of 2.70 on a four-point scale both in overall undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate course work. Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements satisfactorily may be admitted conditionally at the discretion of the department.

Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • Graduate Application Form;

  • Official undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts from every institution attended except CCSU; and

  • Application fee.

No applications will be considered until all materials have been received.

Before degree candidates register for course work they should read the program brochure and consult with their assigned advisors at the start of their programs. Additional information may be obtained from the advisor and in this catalog under General Information.

 

Course and Capstone Requirements:

This program offers Plan A (33 credits plus a thesis) and Plan B (36 credits and a comprehensive examination).

 

TESOL Specialization (21 credits):

LING 400 Linguistic Analysis 3

LING 496 TESOL Methods 3

LING 497 Second Language Acquisition 3

LING 512 Modern Syntax 3

LING 513 Modern Phonology 3

LING 515 An Introduction to Sociolinguistics 3

One course from:

LING 533 Second Language Composition 3

LING 535 Second Language Testing 3

LING 596 TESOL Practicum 3

 

Research (3 credits):

LING 598 Research in TESOL and

Applied Linguistics

 

Professional Education (6 credits):

At least one of the following courses and an additional course in the same area:

EDF 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3

EDF 516 School and Society 3

EDF 524 Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum 3

EDF 525 History of American Education 3

EDF 538 The Politics of Education 3

EDF 583 Sociological Foundations of Education 3

 

and an additional course (3 credits) at the 500 level as approved by advisor

 

All planned programs and course sequences must be approved by a TESOL advisor prior to registration. Degree candidates must file a planned program before completing 16 credits of graduate course work.

Students may elect Plan A only with the approval of an advisor in the program. Plan A students take LING 599 Thesis while writing the thesis.

Plan B students take one more general elective course. General electives are graduate course offerings as approved by the student's advisor, courses drawn from the departments of anthropology, English, modern languages, geography, history, political science, or other relevant fields.

It is expected that a degree candidate will have control of the English language beyond mere communicative adequacy. It shall be the joint decision of the TESOL faculty whether a degree candidate's control of spoken and/or written English is appropriate to the profession. The faculty will recommend various remedies for any candidate whose control of English is deemed deficient.

 

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification in TESOL

Certification in TESOL is a non-degree program offered to persons with a bachelor's degree whose undergraduate course work does not meet State of Connecticut certification requirements for English as a second language teacher in the public school system. Certification may be obtained for the PK-12 level.

A minimum of 15 credits in TESOL content areas is required before student teaching. Interested candidates may contact the TESOL program for further information.

 

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Teacher Education with Specializations in Mathematics (7-12), Sciences (7-12), Spanish (7-12), English (7-12), and Technology and Engineering Education (PK-12)

The Department of Teacher Education offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Teacher Education with specializations in Mathematics, Sciences, Spanish, English, and Technology and Engineering Education. Candidates with documented content knowledge will complete 13 months of full-time study, earning teacher certification and the MAT degree. The program is designed to cross disciplines wherever possible, encouraging candidates to build content teaching expertise in their specializations and relate each discipline to the larger school curriculum. See the Teacher Education page, linked here.

 

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