What is a Master's in English Education?
Grand Canyon University’s Master of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Education prepares graduates for teaching careers at two-year and four-year institutions of higher learning. Including courses in rhetoric, literature and pedagogy, this program provides advanced training in the discipline of English, while satisfying the requirements for ongoing professional development.
The Master's of English Education at GCU prepares graduates with an advanced study in English in order to teach in undergraduate environments, both in-person and online. Graduates develop into skilled educational leaders in world of undergraduate English education.
Earn Your MA in English Education Online or On-Campus at GCU
Graduate students can choose to take classes online, allowing for a work-life balance while pursuing an advanced degree, or they can follow the more traditional path of attending classes on the GCU campus.
The Master of Arts in English degree program at GCU is built around four important domains: Pedagogy, Teaching Writing and Literature, Practice of Professional Writing and Theories of Writing a Rhetoric. Courses in these domains work together to ensure that MA in English education graduates are well-versed in areas that will support their future work.
Pedagogy: This domain helps GCU students learn how to design curriculum that meets the needs of students, as well as aligns to academic standards and institutional programming requirements. English education master’s degree graduates gain knowledge of best practices for adult learners. Distance technology teaching methods are emphasized to support the future of online learning.
Teaching Writing and Literature: This domain helps graduates apply specific writing, literature and rhetoric practices. GCU graduates of this program practice developing materials that will engage learners and support student outcomes. Master's in English Education students at GCU study and apply current theories and practices related to teaching and assessment.
Practice of Professional Writing: This domain encourages English education master's students to practice writing for different situations. They learn to understand the ethical implications of writing. In addition, Master's of English in education students study and apply the features of various types of writing in order to recognize the expectations of genre and audience.
Theories of Writing a Rhetoric: This emphasizes the role of technology in writing and vice-versa. Students in this master’s degree analyze theories of communication in order to address contemporary writing and rhetoric issues in the classroom.
Become an English Language and Literature Teacher
The need for strong postsecondary English teachers is growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for postsecondary teachers to increase by about 9% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than average, accounting for an estimated increase of 121,500 jobs in the field.* Because English is the foundation for learning in other content areas, this field can provide steady work for those who have a passion for writing and literature.
Some MA in English GCU graduates go on to become English and literature teachers. Others find work in less traditional fields. Some roles you might find after completing this degree are:
- Postsecondary language and literature instructors
- Professional writers
- Curriculum specialists
- Educational materials creators
These jobs might take place at college and universities, as well as other higher education institutions. Grads of the MA in English education degree might also find themselves working at:
- Trade and technical schools
- Tech companies
- Textbook publishers
- EdTech application businesses
Helping students in all fields to be successful begins with the English language. Get in on foundational education by earning your Master of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Education Degree at GCU.
*COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Teachers
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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.