Graduate Program in English - M.A. with Class A Teacher Certification in English

All Master of Arts in English Programs share certain basic requirements (except as noted).

This program is for people who have earned a bachelor’s degree, and have now decided that they want to teach English in Alabama’s public schools. At the end of this program, you will have both an M.A. in English and a recommendation for a Class A teaching certificate. If you have an undergraduate degree in Language Arts you will probably not have to take additional coursework before being admitted to the program. The M.A. program itself consists of 24 credit hours in English, of which 18 hours must be in literature; 24 hours of graduate Education courses, a 1-hour practicum in Education, and a 6 hour internship. You will need to complete a capstone project for this program, as the course requirements do not leave room for a thesis. We usually advise you to take the English component first, because in the event that you change your mind and decide against becoming certified, the English courses, unlike those in Education, will still lead toward an M. A. degree. The program generally requires 5 semesters to complete prior to the semester-long internship.

You will also need to meet the additional requirements listed in our FAQs.


The Education courses you would take are as follows:

    • ED 520: Computer-based Instructional Technologies or another instructional technology course
    • ED 521: Teaching English in Middle and Secondary School
    • ED 530: Applied Multiculturalism
    • ED 593: Education of Exceptional Children and Youth
    • ED 604: Contributions of Psychology to Education
    • ED 607: Educator as Evaluator
    • ED 608: Expanded Reading Ability through Content Area Instruction
    • ED 609: Classroom Behavior Management
    • ED 698: High School Internship (6 hours)