Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Jeffrey Johnson, Chair, 2201 Bate Building
Michelle F. Eble, Director of Graduate Studies, 2211 Bate Building
As a prerequisite to graduate study in a degree program, the Department of English requires that the applicant meet the admission requirements of the university and submit satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or, for the MA, the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants to the MA program should have an undergraduate major, minor, or equivalent record of study in English, or for those applying for the technical/professional communication, rhetoric and composition, linguistics or TESOL concentrations, an appropriate undergraduate degree. Applicants to the PhD program should have an appropriate master’s degree. Each entering student is to consult with the director of graduate studies in English at the beginning of graduate studies. At the consultation, the director of graduate studies will review curriculum requirements and options, including concentrations in literature, technical and professional communication, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, multicultural and transnational literatures, linguistics, TESOL, or English Studies, and will suggest appropriate courses. Students seeking a concentration in creative writing must submit a portfolio of poems, short stories, or essays to the creative writing faculty prior to admission to the concentration. Students seeking a concentration in English studies must submit a plan of study for approval by the Director of Graduate Studies.
A research methods course, selected from 6009, 6805, 7005, 7601, 7701 - 3 s.h.
Area of concentration (choose one of the following) - 18 s.h.
A thesis, demonstrating the student’s ability to gather, arrange, and interpret material which bears on a particular problem - 6 s.h.
A comprehensive assessment project and additional coursework in English - 6 s.h.
Students in the program take courses in three major research areas: discourses and cultures, writing studies and pedagogy, and technical and professional communication. With the assistance of advisors selected by the students, doctoral students develop individualized plans of study drawing on the resources of the Department of English, affiliate departments, and internship sponsors.
CurriculumThe doctoral program requires a minimum of 60 s.h. of course work beyond the master’s degree.
This certificate is offered only online. Completion requires 12 s.h., including ENGL 6340 and 6360 (required), and 6 s.h. to be selected from ENGL 6330, 6350, 6370, 6380, 6420, 6450, 6460, 7350, and 7365. Other special topics graduate courses in related areas may be approved on an individual basis.
For further information, please go to http://www.ecu.edu/english/, or contact the director of graduate studies.
The certificate requires 15 s.h. of courses in the area of technical and professional communication with a minimum B average in all certificate course work. Only 3 s.h. of a grade of C will count toward this certificate. Internship (ENGL 6740, 6741) and directed reading (ENGL 6725) courses cannot count toward the certificate. No hours in another discipline can be counted. Additional details can be obtained by contacting the director of graduate studies in the Department of English.
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)The TESOL Certificate is designed for qualified candidates who wish to further their education in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages. The certificate helps prepare professionals planning to teach English language learners (ELLs) in public/private sectors in the US or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in such contexts overseas.
Applicants seeking admission to this program must hold a BA, BS or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university in the US or overseas. Nonnative speakers of English are required to submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 or higher. Students interested in pursuing the certificate can enroll as nondegree seeking students or pursue the certificate concurrently while enrolled in an ECU graduate program. Admission is based on completion of the ECU certificate application and approval by the program coordinator.
The certificate requires 9 s. h. of graduate-level course work, including ENGL 6528 and 6531 (required), and 3 s.h. to be selected from ENGL 6009, 6526, 6527, 6529, 7525, 7530, 7535, 7605, and 7680.