Doctor of Arts

English Pedagogy

Improve your professional practice and enhance your career options with the Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy at Murray State University.  The 48-hour degree program embeds advanced coursework in the content areas of English and Literacy within a framework of pedagogical theory and reflection.  

Designed for people who work.

Designed for teachers in the fields of English language, literature, and literacy at secondary and postsecondary levels, the program has a core of foundation courses tied to the aspects of work that teachers and other professionals actually do and encourages students to use their professional environments as sites of research and imaginative inquiry.  

Doctor of Arts vs PhD vs EdD

Four specializations.

A broad range of electives allows for both exploration and specialization.  Students may specialize in Language, Literacy, Literature, or Writing.  Of course, they may explore outside of those specializations.

Two routes.

Traditional DA: 48-hour route for students who already hold a master's degree.

Accelerated MA>DA: 72-hour route for students who hold a bachelor's degree but want to complete both an MA in English and the DA in English Pedagogy with a Literature specialization more quickly than by completing each degree separately.

Study where you are.

The program may be completed on-campus or fully online.  No residency is required.  

Cohort model.

Join a mutually supportive cohort of students from more than 20 states and five countries whose camaraderie transcends thousands of miles and many diverse backgrounds and experiences.  Our students include consultants, writers, journalists, and teachers from middle school to university; some just love the field of English.

Cost competitive.

Tuition rates for 2019-20 are $544 per credit hour for Kentucky residents on-campus and $594 per credit hour for online students nationwide.  

Rolling admissions.

Applications are accepted year-round.  Students may begin elective coursework in the next term following admission and will begin core coursework in the next Fall semester with their cohort.  To ensure admission for the next Fall cohort, the deadline for completed applications is 1 June.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must comply with the Murray State University graduate admission requirements.

For non-native speakers of English, a TOEFL score of 20 for each section of the iBT, an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0 is required; however if non-native English speakers submit English proficiency test scores below the minimum, English proficiency will be interpreted in light of other evidence of English proficiency, such as prior degrees from higher education institutions at which English is the language of instruction, publications in English, interviews, and/or on-site evaluation.

Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are: 

Unconditional

  • Master’s degree in English, English Education, TESOL, or closely related discipline (including Education with significant coursework in English language arts such as reading, writing, and literacy), with 30 graduate credit-hours and a graduate GPA of 3.2 or higher;
  • Completion of a graduate-level research skills course in English, English Education, TESOL, or closely related discipline with a grade of 3.0 or higher;
  • Sample of writing in the field judged to be indicative of likely success in an English doctoral program;
  • Portfolio of teaching or other professional materials of the applicant’s own design indicative of professional ability; 
  • Three satisfactory letters of reference, at least two of which address the applicant’s academic ability and at least one of which addresses the applicant’s professional ability;
  • Satisfactory interview with graduate faculty.

Conditional

  • Master’s degree in English, English Education, TESOL, or closely related discipline (including Education with significant coursework in English language arts such as reading, writing, and literacy), with 30 graduate credit-hours and a graduate GPA of 3.0;
  • Departmental judgment of probable success based on
    • Sample of writing in the field judged to be indicative of likely success in an English doctoral program;
    • Portfolio of teaching or other professional materials of the applicant’s own design indicative of professional ability; 
    • Three satisfactory letters of reference, at least two of which address the applicant’s academic ability and at least one of which addresses the applicant’s professional ability;
    • Satisfactory interview with graduate faculty;
    • Other evidence such as teaching experience, professional achievement, GRE General Test scores indicative of likely success in an English doctoral program;
    • and/or a planned program of prerequisite courses.

Please note:
Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee admission to a cohort, since admission to a cohort is competitive.
The department may also defer admission to a later date.
Up to twelve hours of relevant graduate coursework completed after a first master's degree may be transferred into the program; please consult the program director regarding such transfers.

Doctoral course work

The core of the Doctor of Arts program comprises 24 hours of theoretical, methodological, and practical courses specific to the content area of English distributed through all stages of the program. 

Year Course Hours
1 ENG 900 Methods of Analysis and Reflection in English Teaching 3
1 ENG 907 Theories of Curriculum Design and Application in English 3
2 ENG 908 Assessment in English 3
2 ENG 977 Instructional Technology for English 3
3+ ENG 997 Applied Practice I 6
3+ ENG 998 Applied Practice II 6


Four specializations, each comprising 24 hours of advanced content electives.

English Language Specialization

CIP 23.0101

Course Hours
Total program requirements 48
Doctoral core courses 24

Limited electives*

24

*

Required Electives

6 hours from the following:

ENG 601 Teaching Writing

ENG 618 Introduction to Linguistic Science

ENG 634 Language and Culture

TSL 609 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition

Restricted Electives

18 hours from ENG and TSL courses 600-level and above with Director approval

 

Other degree requirements

  • Qualifying examination after completion of at least 24 hours of coursework;
  • Oral excursus of capstone project

English Literacy K-Adult Specialization

CIP 23.0101

Course Hours
Total program requirements 48
Doctoral core courses

24

Restricted electives*

6

Limited electives**

18

*

Required Electives

6 hrs from the following:

ENG 601 Teaching Writing

ENG 752 The Reading/Writing Connection in English

ENG 955 Seminar in English Literacy

ENG 750 Purchase Area Literacy Academy

ENG 957 Seminar in Adult Literacy

Restricted Electives

18 hours from the following:

ENG courses 600-level and above with Director approval

LIB 617 Research in Young Adult Literature

REA 612 Foundations of Literacy

REA 618 Content Area Reading/Writing K-12

REA 628 Literacy Assessment

 

Other degree requirements

  • Qualifying examination after completion of at least 24 hours of coursework;
  • Oral excursus of capstone project

English Literature Specialization

CIP 23.0101

Course Hours
Total program requirements 48
Doctoral core courses 24

Limited electives*

24

*

Required Electives

6 hours from the following:

ENG 600 Research and Bibliography

ENG 602 Teaching Literature

ENG 609 Critical Theory

ENG 773 Teaching Selected Authors

Restricted Electives

18 hours from ENG courses 600-level and above with Director approval

 

Other degree requirements

  • Qualifying examination after completion of at least 24 hours of coursework;
  • Oral excursus of capstone project

Writing Specialization

CIP 23.0101

Course Hours
Total program requirements 48
Doctoral core courses 24

Limited electives*

24

*

Required Electives

6 hours from the following

ENG 600 Research and Bibliography

ENG 601 Teaching Writing

ENG 604 Purchase Area Writing Project I

ENG 624 Historical Principles in Composition Theory

ENG 681 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition

Restricted Electives 18 hours from ENG courses 600-level and above with Director approval

 

Other degree requirements

  • Qualifying examination after completion of at least 24 hours of coursework;
  • Oral excursus of capstone project

 

Contact

Kevin Binfield
Director
kbinfield@murraystate.edu
270.809.2401