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Graduate Programs

Welcome to graduate study in the English Department! We are pleased that you have selected
SUNY Cortland to pursue your graduate degree in English and expect that you will find the
program a challenge as well as a basis for future intellectual endeavors.

Graduate Resources:

Graduate Manual

MA in English Graduate Resources

NYS Certification Information

Please see the following for the Catalog descriptions of the Graduate Programs in English

Adolescence Education: English (7-12) [AEN] M.A.T. (Graduate)

English Department
Matthew Lessig, chair
Karen Stearns, graduate coordinator
Old Main, Room 112
607-753-4307
Fax: 607-753-5978

Overview

Whether you enjoy immersing yourself in fascinating books like Dracula and The Diary of a Young Girl, the Twilight saga and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or you love to share your perspectives online through tweets and mash-ups, you want to spark a love of learning, literature and life in middle school and high school students. Now that you have your bachelor’s degree in hand, you’re ready to seek a certificate in teaching English in secondary schools by studying for the M.A.T. in adolescence education: English (7-12) at SUNY Cortland. 

Program Highlights

As you study for the M.A.T., you’ll choose course topics that range from Arthurian literature and global multicultural literature to teaching methods, language development and composition. Your fieldwork and student teaching experiences will help you obtain the initial certificate that qualifies you to teach in the public schools of New York state. If you have not already met the language requirement for a year of college-level study or the equivalent in a language other than English, you may take language courses during your graduate study. The M.A.T. Portfolio you compile as you progress through the program will be an asset when you apply for teaching positions.

Small Classes, Strong Mentors 

In our small classes and graduate seminars, you’ll develop lifelong learning friendships with professors who are passionate about teaching and research. Serving as your mentors, these outstanding professionals invite you into a vibrant intellectual community of shared knowledge that’s committed to balancing a well-rounded liberal arts education with excellent preparation for the career path of your choice. 

Flexible Completion Options 

As a full-time student taking 12 or more credit hours per semester, you would be able to complete the program in a year and a half. Our flexible scheduling also offers the option of pursuing the M.A.T. in adolescence education: English (7-12) over multiple years and on a part-time basis.

The M.A.T. is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are seeking a teaching certificate in adolescence education: English (7-12). It is not open to students who already have initial certification in secondary English. The program provides

  • the pedagogical course work, practica and student teaching experiences necessary for the initial certificate that qualifies individuals to teach in the public schools in New York State;
  • the opportunity for advanced study in English and the language arts; and
  • the master’s degree necessary for the professional certificate in adolescence education: English (7‑12).

A minimum of 46-51 credit hours of approved graduate study as described hereafter is required for the M.A.T. A minimum of nine credit hours must be taken at the 600-level.

Graduate Admissions

 Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office, indicating a major in a liberal arts area Note: candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Two letters of reference from undergraduate professors teaching in English, composition or comparative literature courses (submitted online with the application)

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and above on a 4.0 scale
  2. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in English courses, composition or comparative literature courses
  3. A minimum of 33 credit hours of approved undergraduate courses in English,composition or comparative literature
  4. A foreign language is desirable at the time of admission, but the requirement may be met concurrently with graduate study. Competency in a foreign language is defined as the skill level attained by one year of college-level study or the equivalent of a language other than English.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Adolescence Education: English (7-12) [AEN] M.A.T.

Adolescence Education: English (7-12) [AEN] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

English Department
Matthew Lessig, chair
Karen Stearns, graduate coordinator
Old Main, Room 112
607-753-4307
Fax:  607-753-5978

Overview

Do you love Shakespeare, Stieg Larsson or Stephenie Meyer" Are you intrigued about examining Diane Ravitch’s educational theories, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s historical perspectives or John Irving’s latest literary masterpiece" Then take the next step to expand on your initial teaching certificate in secondary English. Pursue the master’s degree necessary for permanent teaching certification in New York state by studying for the M.S.Ed in adolescence education: English (7-12) at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

Through advanced course work, you’ll explore all facets of English and the language arts, teaching methods for literature and critical literacy, language development, composition, American literature and British literature, as well as global and multicultural perspectives. If you have not already met the language requirement for a year of college-level study or the equivalent in a language other than English, you may take language courses during your graduate study. Compilation of a required teaching portfolio allows you to document reflective teaching and learning processes.

Small Class, Strong Mentors 

In our small classes, you’ll benefit from the positive mentor relationship and lifelong learning friendships you develop with enthusiastic faculty members who love to teach and actively conduct research. These outstanding professionals invite you into a vibrant intellectual community committed to balancing a well-rounded liberal arts education with exceptional career preparation.

Flexible Completion Options 

As a full-time student taking 12 or more credit hours each semester, you would be able to complete the program in a year and a half. Our flexible scheduling also offers you the option of pursuing the M.S.Ed in adolescence education English (7-12) over multiple years and on a part-time basis.

Graduate Admissions

 Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office, indicating a major in a liberal arts area Note: candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Two letters of reference from undergraduate professors teaching in English, composition or comparative literature courses (submitted online with the application)
  4. Documentation of initial certification must be submitted with the application.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and above on a 4.0 scale
  2. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in English courses, composition or comparative literature courses
  3. A minimum of 33 credit hours of approved undergraduate courses in English,composition or comparative literature
  4. A foreign language is desirable at the time of admission, but the requirement may be met concurrently with graduate study. Competency in a foreign language is defined as the skill level attained by one year of college-level study or the equivalent of a language other than English.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Adolescence Education: English (7-12) [AEN] M.S.Ed.

English [ENG] M.A. (Graduate)

English Department
Matthew Lessig, chair
Denise D. Knight, graduate coordinator, M.A.
Old Main, Room 112
607-753-4307
Fax: 607-753-5978

Overview

The M.A. in English at SUNY Cortland consists of advanced work in critical thinking as well as the study of the history and function of English languages and literatures. Reading the world as text, you will enhance your intellectual and cultural fluency and critical engagement with the world.

Program Highlights

In small classes and lively seminar discussions, you will examine topics in American, British and global literatures and literary criticism. The M.A. culminates with a rigorously researched and theoretically informed master’s thesis. In addition to the study of English literatures, your course work may include pedagogy, professional writing and cultural studies. You also must achieve competency in one modern foreign language or one classical language. 

Our faculty are scholar-teachers whose research spans time periods, languages and literatures across the globe. These outstanding professionals invite you into a vibrant intellectual community that provides excellent preparation for your chosen career.

Career Potential

When you successfully complete the M.A. in English at SUNY Cortland, you’ll be well prepared to pursue a Ph.D. or move into a wide range of interesting careers, from business to law, nonprofit organizations and the arts. If you hold an initial New York State teaching certificate, the M.A. at SUNY Cortland qualifies you to seek the professional teaching certificate.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application — Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office, indicating a major in a liberal arts area
    Note: candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and above on a 4.0 scale
  2. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in English courses
  3. 33 credit hours of undergraduate literature or 27 credit hours of literature and six hours of study in the English language or linguistics
  4. A foreign language is desirable at the time of admission, but the requirement may be met concurrently with graduate study. Competency in a foreign language is defined as the skill level attained by one year of college-level study or the equivalent of a language other than English.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Language Requirement

Competency in one modern foreign language or one classical language must be demonstrated before the completion of graduate work, unless this competency is demonstrated prior to admission. Competency in a foreign language is defined as the skill level attained by one year of college‑level study or the equivalent of a language other than English. If this requirement has not already been met, you may take language courses concurrently with graduate study.

Master's Thesis

As a culminating activity, you must complete and submit a master's thesis, which originates in a literature course, in accordance with guidelines determined by the English Department. Students must complete a Thesis Prospectus form for approval before commencing work on their thesis and must enroll in ENG 687: Culminating Activity: Thesis. Students who do not complete the thesis in the semester in which they are enrolled in ENG 687 will receive an INC and must enroll in ENG 697: Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity each semester until the thesis is completed.

Additional Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate work as described hereafter is required for the master of arts degree. A minimum of nine credit hours must be taken in courses at the 600 level. Other requirements for the awarding of the degree may be determined by the English Department and must be ascertained by students in consultation with a departmental graduate advisor.

Program Details for English [ENG] M.A.