Master of Arts (MA) in English Education

Master of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Education

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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
  • Researchers
  • 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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Total Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the liberal arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course provides historical, theoretical, and practical knowledge in rhetoric and writing. By studying classical and modern theories of rhetoric, contemporary theories of writing, and relationships between the two, students develop an understanding of key ways to think about writing today. To that end, this course emphasizes praxis: the relationship between practical and theoretical ways of knowing in the discipline. This course also offers an opportunity to practice rhetorical analysis, which is an important skill that will help students become effective, dynamic writers in their professions of choice.

Course Description

This course covers theoretical and practical scholarship about the social and technological dimensions of writing practices. At its core, this course explores writing as a situated social and technological act. To that end, students explore important theories of writing and technology that have impacted the discipline. This course demonstrates the relationship between theory and practice by considering how disparate peoples may think about the strategies and agendas embodied in various technologies and the artifacts that they produce. Electronic media are considered, as well as the artifacts individuals and organizations produce with them, such as Internet memes and viral videos. Students apply theories discussed in this course to analyze the sociotechnological contexts that give rise to artifacts from their professions.

Course Description

This course covers adult learning theory and instructional practices that are research-based and proven effective in higher education. Technology, online learning, and effective instructional methods for online and traditional instruction are emphasized. Participants research learning models, personalized learning and andragogy and apply their knowledge to improve student engagement and achievement in higher education.

Course Description

This course examines the process, purpose, and practicalities of grant writing with emphasis on the electronic nature of current communication between funding foundations and grant seekers. Students will learn about funders and their concerns, the parts of grant proposals, and techniques for successful grant research and writing. The course will culminate in the student's completion of a grant proposal.

Course Description

This course focuses on techniques and theoretical approaches foundational to teaching literary texts. Techniques include close reading, passage analysis, and mastering critical nomenclature. Critical theories pertinent to contemporary scholarship are explored.

Course Description

This course applies learning theories to classroom instructional methods and strategies. Effective communication, creating learning goals, developing student outcomes and assessments, and giving effective feedback are emphasized. Participants are asked to develop activities, assessments, and lesson plans that would be appropriate for a course taught at a community college or university. Prerequisite: EDU-534.

Course Description

This course covers advanced approaches to analyzing and teaching literature and provides learners with additional tools for reading and writing about literature using a master text.

Course Description

This culminating course provides learners with an opportunity to revise, gather and synthesize their graduate work into a professional portfolio and showcase their research and writing skills in a thesis.


GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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