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2012 - 2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012 - 2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, M.S.

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Program Requirements 33 hrs.*

Supporting Courses:

The following courses do not count toward the 33 hours required for the Master of Science degree, but are required for initial teacher licensure:

Blocking semester supporting courses:

  • ENGL 426 - Teaching English in the High School.
  • EDUC 440 - Teaching Grades 6-12.
  • EDUC 441 - Field Experience for Grades 6-12.

3 hours of coursework in technology chosen from the following 3 courses:

Student teaching supporting course:

  •  ENGL 428 - Planning and Teaching Seminar

Also required for licensure:

Passing scores for Virginia on the appropriate VCLA, Praxis I and Praxis II tests upon or before completion of 12 semester hours (SAT scores of 1100 or higher, with scores of at least 530 on both the critical reading and mathematics sections may be submitted in lieu of passing Praxis I scores); students must also meet qualifications for acceptance and retention in the Secondary Education Licensure Program in English.


*ENGL 621 , ENGL 663 , ENGL 502 ENGL 563 , ENGL 525 , EDSP 504  may be replaced by an elective if an undergraduate equivalent was completed with a grade of “B” or higher.

Written Examination Required of Both Degrees

The written examination will be administered by the director of the candidate’s thesis/examination committee. For Master of Arts candidates, the members of the examination committee may be different from the members of the thesis committee, with the exception of the thesis director. The examination areas will be determined in consultation between the candidate and the examination committee members, drawing upon the candidate’s program of study. The examination will consist of three essay questions, one submitted by each member of the candidate’s committee. The candidate will choose the format of the examination (closed-book, with two hours for each question or open-book, with 48 hours for the entire examination). The examination must be completed at least two weeks prior to graduation. Comprehensive exam defense forms must be requested at least five days in advance of the examination date.

Additional Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

Oral Examination

An oral examination of not more than two hours, based primarily on the candidate’s program of study, will be administered in the final semester of study and at least two weeks prior to graduation. The questions for this examination can both complement and vary from those posed for the written examination. The oral examination will follow the written examination and cannot be taken prior to the candidate’s satisfactory completion of the written examination. The two examinations can be scheduled either in consecutive semesters or in the same semester. If the oral examination is not completed satisfactorily, the candidate must retake the examination during a subsequent semester.

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