Doctor of Arts

English Pedagogy

The Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy is a 48-hour, practice-based degree that embeds advanced coursework in the content areas of English and Literacy within a framework of pedagogical theory and reflection. Designed for teachers in the fields of English language, literature, and literacy from early grades through adult, the program offers five specializations, one of which provides supportive experiences and mentoring for school teachers pursuing National Board Certification. Depending upon specialization and load, the program may be completed in as few as three years; students must complete all requirements within eight years.  The program is available on-campus or fully online.  Anticipated tuition rates for 2018-19, pending final Board of Regents approval, are $590 per credit hour for Kentucky residents on-campus and $644 per credit hour for online students nationwide.

The deadline for application is 1 June 2018.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must comply with the Murray State University requirements for admission to graduate programs (see Chapter 2 of the Murray State University Academic Bulletin). 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 a doctoral program;
  • Portfolio of teaching materials of the applicant’s own design indicative of teaching 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 teaching 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 a doctoral program;
    • Portfolio of teaching materials of the applicant’s own design indicative of teaching 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 teaching ability;
    • Satisfactory interview with graduate faculty;
    • Other evidence such as teaching experience, professional achievement, GRE General Test scores indicative of likely success in a doctoral program;
    • and/or a planned program of prerequisite courses.

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 distributed through all stages of the program. 

Year Core Course and 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)

Specialization options

Teaching English Language Specialization

CIP 23.0101

Course Credit hours
Total program requirements 48 hours
Doctoral core courses 24 hours

Limited electives*

24 hours

*Choose limited electives from the following:

  • ENG 601 Teaching Writing in Schools (3)
  • ENG 603 Teaching English Language Arts in Schools (3)
  • ENG 618 Introduction to Linguistic Science (3)
  • ENG 681 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
  • TSL 600 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL/EFL (3)
  • TSL 605 Teaching ESL/EFL Writing (3)
  • TSL 609 Foundations of Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • TSL 634 Language and Culture (3)
  • ENG courses 600-level or above appropriate to specialization with Director approval

Other degree requirements

  • Qualifying examination over an approved reading list after completion of at least 24 hours of coursework;
  • Evaluation of progress upon completion of qualifying examination to determine whether the student will continue to the candidacy/capstone phase of the program;
  • Oral excursus of capstone project

Teaching English Literacy K-Adult Specialization

CIP 23.0101

Course Credit hours
Total program requirements 48 hours
Doctoral core courses

24 hours

Restricted electives*

6 hours

Limited electives**

18 hours

*Restricted electives

  • ENG 752 The Reading/Writing Connection in English (3)
  • ENG 955 Seminar in English Literacy (3)

*Choose limited electives from the following:

  • ELE 616 Research in Children’s Literature (3)
  • ENG 601 Teaching Writing in Schools (3)
  • ENG 602 Teaching Literature in Schools (3)
  • ENG 603 Teaching English Language Arts in Schools (3)
  • ENG 685 Teaching English at the College Level (3)
  • ENG 750 Purchase Area Literacy Academy (3)
  • ENG 957 Adult English Literacy (3)
  • LIB 617 Research in Young Adult Literature (3)
  • REA 612 Foundations of Literacy (3)
  • REA 618 Content Area Reading/Writing K-12 (3)
  • REA 628 Literacy Assessment (3)
  • Three hours ENG courses 600-level or above appropriate to specialization with Director approval

Other Degree Requirements

  • Qualifying examination over an approved reading list after completion of at least 24 hours of coursework;
  • Evaluation of progress upon completion of qualifying examination to determine whether the student will continue to the candidacy/capstone phase of the program;
  • Oral excursus of capstone project.

Teaching English Literature Specialization

CIP 23.0101

Course Credit hours
Total program requirements 48 hours
Doctoral core courses 24 hours

Limited electives*

24 hours

*Choose limited electives from the following:

  • American Literature Courses (3)
  • British Literature Courses (3)
  • Twelve hours of ENG courses 600-level or above appropriate to specialization with Director approval

Other Degree Requirements:

  • Qualifying examination over an approved reading list after completion of at least 24 hours of coursework;
  • Evaluation of progress upon completion of qualifying examination to determine whether the student will continue to the candidacy/capstone phase of the program;
  • Oral excursus of capstone project.

Teaching Writing Specialization

CIP 23.0101

Course Credit hours
Total program requirements 48 hours
Doctoral core courses 24 hours

Limited electives*

24 hours

*Choose limited electives from the following:

  • ENG 601 Teaching Writing in Schools (3)
  • ENG 603 Teaching English Language Arts in Schools (3)
  • ENG 604 Purchase Area Writing Project I (3)
  • ENG 605 Purchase Area Writing Project II (3)
  • ENG 624 Historical Principles in Composition Theory (3)
  • ENG 681 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
  • ENG 685 Teaching English at the College Level (3)
  • Three hours of ENG courses 600-level or above appropriate to specialization with Director approval

Other Degree Requirements

  • Qualifying examination over an approved reading list after completion of at least 24 hours of coursework;
  • Evaluation of progress upon completion of qualifying examination to determine whether the student will continue to the candidacy/capstone phase of the program;
  • Oral excursus of capstone project.

K-12 English Language, Language Arts, and Literacy Specialization

CIP 23.0101

Course Credit hours
Total program requirements 48 hours
Doctoral core courses 24 hours

Restricted electives*

6 hours

Limited electives**

24 hours

*Restricted electives

ENG 981 Content Knowledge in English for Age Level (3)
ENG 982 Differentiation of Instruction in English (1)
ENG 983 Teaching Practice and Classroom Environments in English (1)
ENG 984 Effective and Reflective English Teaching Practice (1)
**Choose limited electives from the following:

  • Twelve hours ENG courses 600-level or above appropriate to specialization with Director approval

Other Degree Requirements

  • Qualifying examination over an approved reading list after completion of at least 24 hours of coursework. National Board Certification may substitute for the qualifying examination;
  • Evaluation of progress upon completion of qualifying examination to determine whether the student will continue to the candidacy/capstone phase of the program;
  • Oral excursus of capstone project.

 

Contact

Kevin Binfield
Director
kbinfield@murraystate.edu
270.809.2401
Debbie Bell
Associate Director
dbell@murraystate.edu
270.809.4725