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Brooklyn College English Department
MA English and MA English Teacher Programs
Program Overview

Brooklyn College Image James Davis
Graduate Deputy &
Professor of English
Spring 2017 office hours:
Tue 10am - 12pm,
Wed 12-2pm, Thu 2-6 pm

For questions relating the MA English Teacher program, please contact
Professor Priya Parmar, Secondary Education Department:

The M.A. English Program immerses students in literature dating from the Middle Ages through the present. Through the study and analysis of a variety of literary texts, critical and theoretical approaches (including, among others, new historicism, reader-response theory, deconstruction, feminist criticism, and post-colonial studies), and historical concepts, students are afforded the opportunity to develop individual interpretations of texts and to evaluate controversies surrounding the canon. Small-group tasks, oral presentations, short papers, and longer research papers complement lectures, discussion, and examinations. Travel and research grants are available to our students, several of whom have presented at graduate colloquia at Brooklyn College and at other universities throughout the country and abroad, or had papers accepted for publication in journals.

Our graduates have found new employment or enhanced their present careers in diverse fields including education, publishing, writing for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Others have been accepted into doctoral programs.

(To find out more about our students and their activities, click on "Program Notes" in the left column.)

Students matriculated in the MA English Teacher program, as well as applicants, should also consult with Professor Lynda Sarnoff, coordinator of English Adolescence Education, for questions concerning the program's Education requirements.

The M.A. English Teacher Program prepares students for a career teaching English from middle school through high school. Study includes analysis of several genres of literature from various historical periods, practical criticism and bibliographical methods, and theoretical approaches. Topics in the history and structure of the English language and the interrelation of language, culture and society are also part of the curriculum. Classes offered in the School of Education explore pedagogical issues and offer supervised field experiences. The program leads to professional certification by the New York State Education Department.

Our graduates are extensively employed in the New York City public schools and in those of neighboring communities; some have been accepted to doctoral programs in education across the country.