This program is for people who have earned a bachelor’s degree, and have now decided that they want to teach English in Alabama’s public schools. At the end of this program, you will have both an M.A. in English and a recommendation for a Class A teaching certificate. If you have an undergraduate degree in English or Language Arts, you will probably not need to take additional coursework before being admitted to the program. Otherwise, you need to have undergraduate credits in speech, theatre, and/or journalism (at least two out of the three). You can take the relevant coursework during your first semesters as an M.A. student prior to applying for the Education certification. The M.A. program itself consists of 24 credit hours in English, of which 18 hours must be in literature; 24 hours of graduate Education courses, a 1-hour practicum in Education, and a 6 hour internship. You will need to complete a capstone project for this program, as the course requirements do not leave room for a thesis. We usually advise you to take the English component first, because in the event that you change your mind and decide against becoming certified, the English courses, unlike those in Education, will still lead toward an M. A. degree. The program generally requires 5 semesters to complete prior to the semester-long internship. Expect to work closely with both the Education College and the Director of English Graduate Studies to be sure you are meeting all state-level requirements for teacher certification, as such requirements are subject to change.

You will also need to meet the additional requirements listed below.

Basic Requirements:
  • At least half of the hours you take toward your degree (but not including any thesis hours) should be at the 600 level.
  • At least 18 hours in your program should be in literature. To count, a course should deal with literature directly, rather than with writing or other topics. Please check to confirm if you have any questions about a specific course. Special certificate programs require additional hours that are determined in consultation with the appropriate program advisors.
  • You must complete all work toward your degree within thirty semesters of the first course you take (counting summers). Courses taken between eighteen and thirty semesters prior to your degree program completion date may be re-validated by departmental exams negotiated with the specific faculty member who has responsibility for that course; any graduate course more than thirty semesters old may not be used.
  • EH 540 and EH 649 indicate “Special Topics” courses. Often these are new courses, or courses taught by visiting faculty. You may include any number of these classes in your program of study, as long as you meet other requirements.
  • Up to nine hours of graduate work in English may be transferred from other institutions with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. At least nine hours in English courses numbered 600 or above must be completed here at UAH (exclusive of thesis hours).
  • To be a full-time student, you will need to take a course load of 9 hours per semester. While you are permitted to take up to 15 semester hours per term, you should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies about doing so.
  • You must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. in all courses taken at the graduate level. If in any semester your cumulative G.P.A. falls below that 3.0 level, you will be on probation. You might also wish to assess your commitment to a graduate program.
  • All students complete either a thesis or a capstone project. For more information, see the FAQ on the English Department Graduate page.
  • In lieu of meeting the language requirement, your program includes a Linguistics course. EHL 505 (Survey of General Linguistics) or EHL 507 (Advanced English Grammar Studies) or a designated course of a similar nature is required. 


The additional English courses you would take is:

600 level Literature Elective3
600 level Literature Elective3
600 level Literature Elective3
600 level Literature Elective3
500 or 600 Literature Elective3
500 or 600 Literature Elective3
EH 500COMPOSITION STUDIES TCHRS3
or EH 601 ACTION RESCH WRITING STUDIES
EHL 505SURVEY OF GENERAL LINGUISTICS3
or EHL 507 ADV ENGLISH GRAMMAR STUDIES


The Education courses you would take are as follows:

ED 520COMPUTER BASED INSTRUCT'L TECH3
ED 521TCHNG ENGLISH MID & SEC SCHLS3
ED 530APPLIED MULTICULTURALISM3
ED 593ED EXCEPT CHILD & YOUTH3
ED 604CONTRIBUTION PSY TO EDUC3
ED 607EDU LEADER AS EVALUATOR3
ED 608EXPAND RDG ABIL CONT AREA INST3
ED 609CLASSROOM & BEHAVIOR MGMT3
ED 698HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP6
Total Semester Hours30


In addition to the requirements for any applicant to our programs, the Department of Education has additional requirements.  Because such requirements do shift regularly (and are outside UAH’s control), students are advised to confirm with the Education Program that they meet the current requirements. However, at this time, students admitted to any of the programs that include teacher certification must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.