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West Chester University Masters Degrees in Languages, Literature & Culture

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The M.A. in English offers three tracks. one in literature; one in writing, teaching, and criticism; and, one in creative writing. Read more
The M.A. in English offers three tracks: one in literature; one in writing, teaching, and criticism; and, one in creative writing. In the literature and writing, teaching, and criticism tracks, students may choose between thesis and non-thesis options. Students in the creative writing track must write a creative thesis. The master of arts in English helps students attain a number of goals. It offers opportunities for the study of language, literature, rhetoric and composition, pedagogy, creative writing, and literary and cultural critical theory. The diverse and comprehensive selection of courses cultivates scholarly knowledge and enhances cultural literacy in an atmosphere that engages students intellectually and creatively. The program prepares students to enroll in advanced graduate programs (for the Ph.D. in literature or composition and rhetoric, for example), to teach literature or writing in secondary schools or two-year colleges, and to enter a range of other professions in which writing expertise and analytical thinking are valued.

Curriculum

Required core modules for all English MA students:

• ENG 500 The Discipline of English Studies
• ENG 501 Critical Theory

For additional modules taught on the literature track, please see the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/arts-humanities/english/english-ma-literature-track/

For additional modules taught on the creative writing track, please see the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/arts-humanities/english/english-ma-creative-writing-track/

For additional modules taught on the writing, teaching and criticism track, please see the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/arts-humanities/english/english-ma-writing-teaching-criticism-track/

Culture and Community

The English Department sponsors a vibrant cultural life that includes a renowned Poetry Center, readings by notable authors, two student literary journals (Daedalus and Literati), an English Club, an English Alumni organization, numerous student awards and scholarships, and local chapters of the Sigma Tau Delta English honors society and the National Council of Teachers in English (NCTE). Our students and faculty are also actively involved in the university’s ongoing sustainability efforts. All of these opportunities enable students to expand their learning experience beyond the classroom and collaborate with others who share their passions.

Careers

To the question "What can you do with an English degree?" we say: "What can't you do?" Our graduates enjoy successful careers in publishing, journalism, education, management, law, marketing, advertising, social media, human resources, and business. Many seek advanced degrees in English, law, information & library science, and other fields. Whatever career path you pursue, English will prepare you for any profession that values the kind of interpretive analysis, creative problem-solving, and polished communication central to the discipline of English Studies.

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West Chester and Millersville Universities launched a new combined graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in French. Read more
West Chester and Millersville Universities launched a new combined graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in French.

The 11 courses of the 33-credit degree program may be completed in from 2-5 years.

The program contains three required core seminars totaling 9 credits to be taken by all students enrolled for the degree program: LNC 501 on linguistics, LNC 502 on interpretive strategies, and LNC 503 on cultural studies. These seminars will all be offered each academic calendar year, shared by both schools, and will be taught online, to allow students in all languages to create a forum together.

Additionally there is a general curriculum of 12 semester hours in French, which includes courses in communicative proficiencies and cultural competencies.

Courses may be offered in all six academic sessions of each calendar year, including both semesters, the three summer sessions, and the winter session.

To complete the master’s degree experience, students also choose 12 semester credit hours from elective options, in accord with their experience, needs, and future professional career plans. These may include courses in other fields such as nursing, marketing, criminal justice, etc., study abroad, an internship, courses in pedagogy, or selected courses from the PA K-12 Graduate Certification in French curriculum. The elective courses may also include all 12 credits in French or another program language at the graduate level.

Exit requirements for all students are uniform: the choice of an exit capstone project of a specialized written and oral exam, or a research project, or portfolio of three projects, defended at an oral exam with the faculty.

Internships

The Department of Languages and Cultures offers a three, six, nine or twelve credit-hour internship to junior or senior majors and minors in languages or linguistics and to graduate students in French, German and Spanish who wish to enhance their study of a world language in communication, culture, and linguistics with an educational experience directly in the workplace, either in the United States or abroad.

Interns are expected to engage in written and oral experience in the studied language on a regular basis. Internships help students test and develop their skills of expression and communication in the world language or in English, if the internship involves the Teaching of English as a Second Language or English linguistics. Internships may be salaried, but unpaid or volunteer positions also qualify.

Students who seek to pursue this type of elective credit-bearing on-the-job experience by teaching a world language, Teaching English as a Second Language or by working for a company that conducts business in one of our languages or in areas related to English linguistics should contact their advisor to review information regarding job search, company contacts, contractual procedures and semester credit evaluation and approval. Graduate level LAN 525 internships may be arranged as the elective component of the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, for up to 12 credits.

Please visit the website for more information:

https://wcupa.edu/arts-humanities/languagesCultures/gradLAN525.aspx

Careers

Our program graduates pursue many careers using French, including teaching at all levels, further graduate study, law, international relations, marketing, banking, travel, and services in a wide variety of regional and national companies. The high-quality professional training and multicultural perspectives you will acquire will enrich your personal future as well.

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West Chester and Millersville Universities launched a new combined graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in German, in Fall 2014. Read more
West Chester and Millersville Universities launched a new combined graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in German, in Fall 2014. This single degree program is presented by both language departments in collaboration and coordination to facilitate the prompt and successful completion of the students’ coursework, as meaningfully and efficiently as possible. The 11 courses of the 33-credit degree program may be completed in from 2-5 years.

The program contains three required core seminars totaling 9 credits to be taken by all students enrolled for the degree program: L[A]NC 501 on linguistics, L[A]NC 502 on interpretive strategies, and L[A]NC 503 on cultural studies. These seminars will all be offered each academic calendar year, shared by both schools, and will be taught online, to allow students in all three languages to study and work together.

Additionally there is a general curriculum of 12 semester hours in German, which includes courses in communicative proficiencies and cultural competencies.

Courses may be offered in all six academic sessions of each calendar year, including both semesters, the three summer sessions, and the winter session.

To complete the master’s degree experience, students may choose up to 12 semester credit hours from elective options, in accord with their experience, needs, and future professional career plans. These may include courses in other fields such as nursing, marketing, criminal justice, etc., study abroad, an internship, or courses in pedagogy, or selected courses from the PA K-12 Graduate Certification in German curriculum. The elective courses may also include all 12 credits in German or another program language (French or Spanish) at the graduate level.

Exit requirements for all students are uniform, an exit capstone project of a specialized written and oral exam, or a research project, or a portfolio of three projects, defended at an oral exam with the faculty.

Internships

The Department of Languages and Cultures offers a three, six, nine or twelve credit-hour internship to junior or senior majors and minors in languages or linguistics and to graduate students in French, German and Spanish who wish to enhance their study of a world language in communication, culture, and linguistics with an educational experience directly in the workplace, either in the United States or abroad.

Interns are expected to engage in written and oral experience in the studied language on a regular basis. Internships help students test and develop their skills of expression and communication in the world language or in English, if the internship involves the Teaching of English as a Second Language or English linguistics. Internships may be salaried, but unpaid or volunteer positions also qualify.

Students who seek to pursue this type of elective credit-bearing on-the-job experience by teaching a world language, Teaching English as a Second Language or by working for a company that conducts business in one of our languages or in areas related to English linguistics should contact their advisor to review information regarding job search, company contacts, contractual procedures and semester credit evaluation and approval. Graduate level LAN 525 internships may be arranged as the elective component of the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, for up to 12 credits.

Please visit the website for more information:

https://wcupa.edu/arts-humanities/languagesCultures/gradLAN525.aspx

Careers

Careers: Our program graduates pursue many careers using German, including teaching at all levels, further graduate study, law, international relations, marketing, banking, travel, and services in a wide variety of regional and national companies. The high-quality professional training and multicultural perspectives you will acquire will enrich your personal future as well.

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West Chester and Millersville Universities launched a new combined graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in Spanish, in Fall 2014. Read more
West Chester and Millersville Universities launched a new combined graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in Spanish, in Fall 2014. This single degree program is presented by both language departments in collaboration and coordination to facilitate the prompt and successful completion of the students’ coursework, as meaningfully and efficiently as possible. The 11 courses of the 33 semester credit degree program may be completed in from 2-5 years.

The program contains three required core seminars totaling 9 credits to be taken by all students enrolled for the 33 credit degree program: LNC 501 on linguistics, LNC 502 on interpretive strategies, and LNC 503 on cultural studies. These seminars will all be offered each academic calendar year, shared by both schools, and will be taught in English, to allow students in all program languages to study and work together.

Additionally there is a general curriculum of 12 semester hours in Spanish, which includes courses in communicative proficiencies and cultural competencies.

Courses may be offered in all six academic sessions of each calendar year, including both semesters, the three summer sessions, and the winter session.

To complete the master’s degree experience, students choose 12 semester credit hours from elective options, in accord with their experience, needs, and future professional career plans. These may include courses in other fields such as nursing, marketing, criminal justice, etc., study abroad, an internship, or courses in pedagogy, or selected courses from the PA K-12 Graduate Certification in Spanish curriculum. The elective courses may also include all 12 credits in Spanish or a second program language (either French or German) at the graduate level.

Exit requirements for all students are uniform, an exit capstone project of a specialized written and oral exam, or a research project, or a portfolio of three projects, defended at an oral exam with the faculty.

Internships

The Department of Languages and Cultures offers a three, six, nine or twelve credit-hour internship to junior or senior majors and minors in languages or linguistics and to graduate students in French, German and Spanish who wish to enhance their study of a world language in communication, culture, and linguistics with an educational experience directly in the workplace, either in the United States or abroad.

Interns are expected to engage in written and oral experience in the studied language on a regular basis. Internships help students test and develop their skills of expression and communication in the world language or in English, if the internship involves the Teaching of English as a Second Language or English linguistics. Internships may be salaried, but unpaid or volunteer positions also qualify.

Students who seek to pursue this type of elective credit-bearing on-the-job experience by teaching a world language, Teaching English as a Second Language or by working for a company that conducts business in one of our languages or in areas related to English linguistics should contact their advisor to review information regarding job search, company contacts, contractual procedures and semester credit evaluation and approval. Graduate level LAN 525 internships may be arranged as the elective component of the Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, for up to 12 credits.

Please see the website for more information:

https://wcupa.edu/arts-humanities/languagesCultures/gradLAN525.aspx

Careers

Our program graduates pursue many careers using Spanish, including teaching at all levels, further graduate study, law, international relations, marketing, banking, travel, and services in a wide variety of regional and national companies. The high-quality professional training and multicultural perspectives you will acquire will enrich your personal future as well.

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The M.Ed in Reading is a 36 credit program that grants a master’s degree and fulfills all PDE requirements in order for students to apply for their PA Reading Specialist Certification for grades K–12. Read more
The M.Ed in Reading is a 36 credit program that grants a master’s degree and fulfills all PDE requirements in order for students to apply for their PA Reading Specialist Certification for grades K–12. If you have your Initial Teaching Certification (or even a master’s degree already) and want to focus on Literacy education, then our program may be right for you.

Curriculum

Professional Education Requirements

Select two of the following, chosen under advisement:

EDA 511 Inclusion & Collaboration
EDA 542 Foundations of Special Education
LAN 569 Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) PK-12
EDE 551 Child and Adolescent Development I
EDF 501 Research Methods For Teachers
EDF 510 Educational Foundations
EDF 589 Sociological Foundations Of Education
EDP 550 Advanced Educational Psychology
EDP 569 Adolescent Development & Learning
EDT 500 Integrating Ed Tech For Effective Instruction
EDR 604 Literacy Program Evaluation & Data Analysis

Professional Education Electives:

EDR 535 Language, Learning And Literacy

Reading Education Requirements:

EDR 505 Orthographic Knowledge Language And Lit Dev
EDR 507 Comprehension & Vocabulary: Dev & Instruc
EDR 509 Writing Development and Instruction
EDR 512 Literacy Practicum and Seminar I
EDR 514 Reading In The Content Areas
EDR 515 Teaching Reading with Child's and Adolescent's Lit
EDR 516 Problems in Literacy Development
EDR 519 Issues of Diversity in Teaching Reading
EDR 532 Literacy and Practicum Seminar II
EDR 541 Organization and Supervision of Literacy Programs

For detailed information about these modules please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/education-social-work/literacy/reading-med/

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The PA Reading Specialist Certification, K–12 is a 30 credit program for students wanting to fulfill PDE requirements for Reading Specialist Certification only. Read more
The PA Reading Specialist Certification, K–12 is a 30 credit program for students wanting to fulfill PDE requirements for Reading Specialist Certification only. Students in this program take 30 credits of Literacy core courses, in addition to any PDE 49.13 Competency deficiencies that exist at intake. This program does not result in a master degree; upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to apply for their PA Reading Specialist Certificate.

Curriculum

Required Literacy Modules (30 Credits):

EDR 505: Orthographic Knowledge, Language, and Literacy Development
EDR 507: Comprehension and Vocabulary: Development and Instruction
EDR 509: Writing Development and Instruction
EDR 514: Reading in the Content Areas
EDR 515: Teaching Reading with Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature
EDR 516: Problems in Literacy Development
EDR 512: Literacy Practicum and Seminar I
EDR 519: Issues of Diversity in Teaching Reading
EDR 532: Literacy Practicum and Seminar II
EDR 541: Organization and Supervision of Literacy Programs: K – 12

For more information regarding the curriculum for this course please visit the website:

https://wcupa.edu/education-socialWork/literacy/prospectiveLiteracy.aspx

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For students who are not seeking either a M.Ed. in Reading or Reading Specialist Certificate, we offer an 18 credit literacy certificate. Read more
For students who are not seeking either a M.Ed. in Reading or Reading Specialist Certificate, we offer an 18 credit literacy certificate. This program is for students who already have their Initial Teaching Certification and want to improve their classroom practice in Literacy. This program also benefits students who already have their master’s degree but would like to focus on Literacy education.

Curriculum

Literacy courses required (18 credits):

EDR 505: Orthographic Knowledge, Language, and Literacy Development
EDR 507: Comprehension and Vocabulary: Development and Instruction 3
EDR 509: Writing Development and Instruction 3
EDR 514: Reading in the Content Areas 3
EDR 515: Teaching Reading with Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature
EDR 512: Literacy Practicum and Seminar I

For more information regarding the curriculum of this course, please visit the website:

https://wcupa.edu/education-socialWork/literacy/prospectiveLiteracy.aspx

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This program is designed for current Reading Specialist seeking to expand their professional services with recognition of the continuation of their specialised education validated by PDE. Read more
This program is designed for current Reading Specialist seeking to expand their professional services with recognition of the continuation of their specialised education validated by PDE. The Coaching Endorsement recognises the completion of additional coursework that prepares reading specialists to lead and support colleagues as they teach children to read and write.

Curriculum

Literacy Coaching Courses Required for Endorsement (12 credits):
(Students may transfer in three (3) credits based on transcript analysis)

EDR 602: Literacy Coaching and Professional Development
EDR 604: Literacy Program Evaluation and Data Analysis
EDE 605: Educational Leadership and Change Theory
EDR 606: Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Coaching

For detailed information about these modules please see the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/undergraduate/education-social-work/literacy/#coursestext

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