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English and Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences

Departmental E-mail: aasandh [at] ipfw [dot] edu

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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin. Requirements may or may not be reflected identically in departmental URLs.)



Degrees Offered

Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.), Certificate in Teaching English as a New Language (TENL)

Special Departmental Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Admission Requirements

To be regularly admitted to a master’s program in English, you must have completed an undergraduate major or minor in English with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and a GPA of at least 3.0 in all English courses. In addition, all applicants must earn a satisfactory score on the general aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination. If these requirements are not met, an applicant may be admitted conditionally. Conditions might, for example, require completing prerequisite courses without credit toward the graduate degree, or maintaining a given GPA over the first 6–12 credits earned in the program.

To receive the M.A.T., you must hold at least provisional public school certification in English. If you lack such certification when you enter the program, you must fulfill certification re­quirements while you complete the M.A.T. requirements.

Degree Requirements

Separate requirements apply to the M.A. and M.A.T. degrees, although you must maintain a GPA of 3.0 while in either pro­gram and you must complete all degree requirements within five years of your admission.

Master of Arts

Course Requirements

To earn this degree, you must complete at least 36 credit hours in courses administered by the department. (Courses are gen­erally 3 credits.) 

Your program must include a core of the following 4 courses: Professional Scholarship in Literature (ENG B501), Professional Scholarship in Writing studies (ENG C517), Professional Scholar­ship in Linguistics and Language (ENG L505), Critical Theory (ENG B605). It must also include 4 courses in 1 of 5 available concentrations: (1) British literature before 1700, (2) British literature after 1700, (3) American literature, (4) Writing Stud­ies, (5) English language and linguistics. The remaining 12 hours may be satisfied with electives from courses administered from the department. At least 6 of your 36 hours must be 700-level seminars. You may, with your advisor’s approval, apply courses that satisfy core requirements to your concentration require­ments. If you do, you must still complete enough elective courses to meet the required minimum of 36 credits. No course with a grade below B will count toward the degree.

It is recommended that students who plan to pursue a doctor­ate in literary study demonstrate reading proficiency in an ap­proved foreign language under the auspices of the Department of International Language and Culture Studies by passing (1) a 300-level literature course in a foreign language with a grade of A or B, or (2) a written examination that demonstrates a stu­dent’s proficiency in reading and translating a foreign language.

Although a thesis is not required, a student is welcome to write one. A thesis carries 3 hours of credit, and may be counted as part of the electives rubric for the curriculum.

Master of Arts for Teachers Degree


Provisional public school certification in English. Students with­out provisional certification must fulfill certification require­ments as well as requirements for the M.A.T.

Course Requirements

To earn this degree, you must complete at least 36 credit hours of graduate-level courses. (Courses are generally 3 credits). At least 24 credits must be in courses administered by the Department of English and Linguistics, including one course in linguistics or the English language, one course in composi­tion theory or rhetorical theory, and one course in ethnic or minority literature. Up to 12 of the 36 required credits may be elected from courses administered by another department and approved by your advisor. For example, if you are working to­ward certification, some graduate-level education courses may count as electives for the M.A.T.

Foreign Language Requirement


Thesis (3-6 cr.)

You must either take a 700-level seminar or write a thesis.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a New Language (TENL)

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a New Language is intended primarily for students working toward a gradu­ate degree in English and for practicing teachers who wish to be trained in teaching English to nonnative speakers. It also serves people who are preparing to live abroad or who wish to facilitate their employment abroad, and those who have technical or business expertise and wish to work with nonna­tive speakers in professional settings. The required courses will familiarize students with the major theoretical foundations of teaching English as a new and foreign language. Students will become acquainted with ENL pedagogy and resources and will acquire experience by teaching ENL learners in real classrooms. The TENL certificate can stand alone as a separate credential or be integrated with the requirements of the M.A. or M.A.T. program in English.

Course Requirements


ENG G500 Introduction to the English Language (3 cr.)


LING P511 Methods and Materials for TESOL I (3 cr.)
LING P512 Methods and Materials for TESOL II (3 cr.)

Language Acquisition

LING L532 Second Language Acquisition (3 cr.)


LING L619 Language and Society (3 cr.)


LING L535 TESOL Practicum (3 cr.)

For further information, contact Professor Hao Sun, TENL Certificate Program Coordinator, Department of English and Linguistics, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499, telephone (260) 481-6775, e-mail sunh [at] ipfw [dot] edu.

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