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English Graduate Programs

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Southeast offers three English graduate degrees: the MA TESOL, the MA English Studies and the MA Professional Writing. Each program is designed to meet intellectual and professional industry needs and is supported by a diverse and experienced faculty.


The Master of Arts in TESOL degree prepares students for a wide range of teaching opportunities in the United States and abroad or for doctoral work. The program blends theory with practice with an emphasis on the application of theory to the classroom. With a placement rate of 95%, the program's graduates have gone on to successful careers in k-12 public and private schools, community colleges, adult education, colleges, and universities. Instruction is delivered onsite, online, and through interactive television.

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The Master of Arts in English: English Studies offers a broad range of courses in literature, rhetoric, and theory that not only deepen students’ understanding of classic and modern texts, but also provide much needed opportunities for developing critical and creative thinking, crucial to understanding the complexities of our global world. Such development prepares students for a continually evolving workplace that now serves as the norm. This program prepares students for doctoral work, for teaching at community colleges and for entry into other advanced professional schools. Students will find courses in British, American, Anglophone, and World literatures, language principles and critical theory that not only hone their critical and creative writing skills, but also teach them to rethink traditional paradigms.

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Southeast's Masters in Professional Writing helps students to master different types of professional writing, to further develop their writing skills, and to perfect their critical abilities, including the determination of effective styles and presentations for texts. Professional writing includes rhetorical composition, technical writing, new media, and creative writing. The option allows students to learn in depth about writing theories, rhetorical theory, creative writing and its strategies, and technical production of text in print and online.

Entering students should be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. They must have familiarity with a variety of word-processing and document design software programs. Master candidates in Professional Writing who are in their second year may qualify for one of four Dorothy and Wedel Nilsen Scholarships for writers.

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Department of English
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701