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Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education: English

M.A.T. English Degree Requirements

Each student will complete 36 semester hours of M.A.T. course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. At least 27 of these credits must be taken at Clayton State University. The curriculum will be delivered over four consecutive semesters. The M.A.T. program is designed to provide courses to support candidates’ educational foundation theory and knowledge during the first semesters, and content and pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions with practica and internship experiences during latter semesters. The latter semesters will consist of completing an action research project. finishing content courses. Faculty in the Department of English will teach content courses. All professional education courses and clinical and internship experiences will be taught and supervised by education faculty and public school mentor teachers. Content specialists in English will teach the curriculum and methods for the respective disciplines. Our partnership school districts will serve as collaborative sites for field experiences and internships.

Students must pass the Basic GACE prior to admission (unless exempt); prior to entering the internship, students must pass the GACE English Content Tests 020 and 021.

Summary Degree Requirements:

  • 36 graduate credits, including:
    • 18 credits in Education
    • 18 credits in content area of concentration, English
Typical Four Semester Schedule of Coursework
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
EDUC 5101 Except & Cog Dev of Learners (3 hrs) EDUC 5200 Curriculum & Instruction for Teaching Sec School Learners (3 hrs) EDUC 5400 Action Research Project Supervision (1 hr) EDUC 5400 Action Research Project Supervision (1 hr)
ENGL 5030 Methods of Teaching English II: Principles of Writing Instructions (3 hrs) EDUC 5100 Social & Cultural Awareness in Ameri Educ (3 hrs) ENGL 5102 Practicum (2 hrs) EDUC 5301 Secondary School Internship (4 hrs)
ENGL Content 1 (3 hrs) ENGL Content 2 (3 hrs) ENGL 5020 Methods in Teaching English I: Teaching Literary Genres (3 hrs) EDUC 5300 Internship Seminar (1 hr)
    Eng Content III (3 hrs) Eng Content IV (3 hrs)
9 hours 9 hours 9 hrs 9 hrs 
Total = 36 hours

English Courses (18 semester hours)

Required English Methods Courses

Candidates will take both of the following:

  • ENGL 5020 Methods of Teaching English I: Teaching Literary Genres
  • ENGL 5030 Methods of Teaching English II: Principles of Writing Instruction

English Content Courses

Candidates will choose two from the following list of Studies in American Literature and Culture courses:

  • ENGL 5114 Adolescent Experience in Literature
  • ENGL 5120 19th Century American Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 5130 Studies in Southern Literature
  • ENGL 5140 20th Century American Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 5300 Literature by American Women
  • ENGL 5350 Gender and Sexuality in American Literature
  • ENGL 5400 African American Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 5410 The African American Novel
  • ENGL 5450 Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
  • ENGL 5710 Contemporary American Poetry
  • ENGL 5720 Contemporary American Fiction
  • ENGL 5800 Special Topics in Literature

Candidates will choose two from the following list of Studies in British Literature and Culture courses:

  • ENGL 5114 Adolescent Experience in Literature
  • ENGL 5150 Studies in Shakespeare
  • ENGL 5210 Studies in Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 5250 19th Century British Literature
  • ENGL 5260 20th / 21st Century British Literature
  • ENGL 5620 Postcolonial Theory and Literature
  • ENGL 5800 Special Topics in Literature

Education Courses (18 Semester Hours)

Candidates will take the following 18 hours of courses, practica, seminar and internship:

  • Professional Education Foundations Courses
    • EDUC 5100 Social and Cultural Awareness in American Education
    • EDUC 5101 Exceptionalities and Cognitive Development of Learners
  • Pedagogical Studies
    • EDUC 5200 Curriculum and Instruction for Teaching Secondary School Learners
  • Field Experiences Courses
    • EDUC 5102 Practicum
  • Clinical Experiences & Seminar Courses
    • EDUC 5300 Internship Seminar
    • EDUC 5301 Secondary School Internship
    • EDUC 5400 Action Research Project