Online master's degrees specifically in English language arts aren't common, although methods for teaching language arts may be covered fully online in a graduate teacher education program. A number of four-year universities and colleges, however, do offer Master of Arts in English programs through distance learning. Although each school has its own requirements for admission, prospective graduate students generally must have a bachelor's degree that may need to include a major or minor in English. GRE test scores, writing samples and recommendation letters are also commonly required. Students may be required to complete an internship.
East Carolina University
Located in Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University offers multiple online English master's degree programs for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree. Online students follow the same curriculum as campus-based students; however, courses are delivered through course management systems, such as Blackboard, Moodle and Sakai.
Master of Arts in English - Multicultural and Transnational Literature
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in English with a multicultural and transnational literature concentration is a completely online program offered through distance education. This program is designed to advance students' knowledge of world and ethnic literature written in English. The online English program is comprised of 33 credits, including courses in English, writing and foreign literature, as well as a thesis or comprehensive project. Online students conduct final project meetings through a conference call.
In addition to studying research methods, distance learners can choose to study some of the following:
- Jewish literature
- Latino/a literature
- African and African American literature
- Cultural studies
- Asian American literature
- Middle Eastern literature
Master of Arts in English - Technical and Professional Communication
The M.A. in English program with a concentration in technical and professional communication offers a thesis and non-thesis option; however, most students complete the non-thesis option. The program includes basic core English and writing courses, as well as 15 credit hours in technical and professional communication. Prior to completion of the program, online students must complete a comprehensive assessment project instead of an assessment exam. Completion of an internship is also required.
The school gives students the option to focus their online curriculum in areas such as the following:
- Civic rhetoric and public discourse
- Teaching and pedagogy
- Technical editing and publishing
- Communication media and technology
Morehead State University
Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, offers students flexibility through an online master's in English program. All online courses at MSU are delivered using Blackboard and involve both self-paced coursework and class interaction in a virtual classroom setting. The program is designed to give distance learners broad graduate-level knowledge that prepares them for careers in education, publishing, public relations and more.
Master of Arts in English
The online M.A. in English is a 33-credit hour program that includes thesis and non-thesis tracks. Like campus-based students, online students receive a solid English background through courses in writing, linguistics, literature and bibliography. Online students may not have access to all the available English courses offered for the program; however, enough courses exist to complete the entire program online. Completion of the course is dependent on an exit exam that requires distance-learning students to either travel to MSU or arrange a proctor exam at a nearby institute.
Available online courses in this program include the following:
- American writers
- British literature
- Teaching theories
- Literary Criticism
Northern Arizona University
The online master's degree program in English at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona, offers a flexible alternative to campus-based education. NAU's online courses combine both synchronous and asynchronous material. Students can also take hybrid classes; a combination of online and in-person instruction.
Master of Arts in English Literature
The 36-credit hour master's degree in English program at NAU is designed for English educators, as well as those continuing on to a Ph.D. program. The foundation of the program is based around courses in literature, writing, composition, literacy, linguistics and teaching. Students in the online program have the opportunity to focus their program in a particular area through 21-24 credits of electives. Students can complete the entire program online through Web courses.
Online master's programs in English language arts are very uncommon, however Master of Arts in English programs are available fully online. Many colleges and universities offer these programs online including East Carolina University, Morehead State University and Northern Arizona University.