The English Education Specialization provides students with preparation for and/or enhanced knowledge of teaching English in secondary schools. It is designed for students who are:

* seeking initial licensure; and/or

* currently employed, full- or part-time, as an English language arts teacher in a Colorado public school; and/or

* looking to revitalize their work with students and their own knowledge; and/or

* deepening their understanding of contemporary literacy scholarship and broadening their background to explore new or contemporary ideas; and/or

* deeply considering their practice and considering how they can do better and be better.

Students interested in pursuing an initial teaching license through CSU may refer to the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP).

 Effective Fall 2019

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
E 402Teaching Composition3
E 503Investigating Classroom Literacies3
Electives1,2,312
 Total Credits18
Second Year
E 632Professional Concerns in English3
E 6994Thesis6
Electives1,2,35
 Total Credits14
 Program Total Credits:32

 A minimum of 32 credits are required to complete this program. 

In addition to required coursework, the following is required:

  • Pass an oral defense of the thesis.
  • Courses used to complete another degree cannot be counted towards the master's degree.
  • A minimum of 24 credits applied to an M.A. degree must be earned at CSU. Of these, at least 21 must be earned after admission to the program.
  • Graduate courses taken at CSU prior to admission to the Graduate School can be applied to an M.A. degree if the grade earned is B or higher.
  • At least 16 credits earned at CSU and applied to an M.A. degree must be at the 500-level or higher; of these credits, at least 12 must be in "regular" courses. English courses considered to be other than "regular" include E 684, E 687, E 694, E 695,E 698, E 699, and any courses graded pass/fail.
  • Courses transferred to an M.A. program must have a grade of B or higher and must have a CSU equivalent at the 500-level or higher. Credits applied toward previously earned degrees are not accepted.
  • With the exception of specified courses in the English Education Specialization, all courses taken in the English department and applied to the M.A. degree must be taken at the 500-level or above. 

Effective Fall 2019

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
E 402Teaching Composition3
E 503Investigating Classroom Literacies3
Electives1,2,312
 Total Credits18
Second Year
E 632Professional Concerns in English3
E 6984Research Project2
Electives1,2,312
 Total Credits17
 Program Total Credits:35

 A minimum of 35 credits are required to complete this program. 

In addition to required coursework, the following is required:

  • Pass an oral defense of the final project.
  • Courses used to complete another degree cannot be counted toward the master's degree.
  • A minimum of 24 credits applied to an M.A. degree must be earned at CSU. Of these, at least 21 must be earned after admission to the program.  
  • Graduate courses taken at CSU prior to admission to the Graduate School can be applied to an M.A. degree if the grade earned is B or higher.
  • At least 16 credits earned at CSU and applied to an M.A. degree must be at the 500-level or higher; of these credits, at least 12 must be in “regular” courses. English courses considered to be other than “regular” include E 684, E 687, E 694, E 695, E 698, E 699, and any courses graded pass/fail.  
  • Courses transferred to an M.A. program must have a grade of B or higher and must have a CSU equivalent at the 500-level or higher. Credits applied toward previously earned degrees are not accepted. 
  • With the exception of specified courses in the English Education Specialization, all courses taken in the English department and applied to the M.A. degree must be taken at the 500-level or above.