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The Department of English awards a Master of Arts in English Education (MAEE) with offerings in Applied Linguistics, Literature, and Pedagogy with an emphasis in Bilingual Education. This engaging and diverse graduate program is designed to foster students' research and academic writing skills while offering diverse, content-based courses.
After completing the five core courses, listed below, students may shape their curriculum by focusing their coursework on Applied Linguistics, Literature, and/or Pedagogy. Students may also design their final project to suit personal interests by electing either to write a Thesis or take the Comprehensive Examination.
While enrolled in our program, students gain valuable professional experiences by:
- teaching undergraduate-level courses;
- participating in ongoing teacher training and professional development workshops;
- holding research and editorial assistantships;
- working in the English Language Writing Center;
- becoming involved in the MayaWest Writing Project; and
- presenting at local, regional, national, and international conferences.
Students who successfully complete the graduate program are prepared to enter doctoral programs, begin their careers as teachers, and participate competitively in a variety of other English-based fields.
Please direct any questions regarding the MAEE Program to the Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Ricia Anne Chansky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EING 6005 Foundations of English Education
INGL 6006 Research Methods
INGL 6009 Models for Teaching Literature
INGL 6010 TESL Materials and Testing
INGL 6020 Second Language Acquisition
INGL 5010 Perspectives in TESL
INGL 5009 Contrastive Grammar
INGL 5015 English and American Literary Criticism
INGL 5025 Current Approaches in Linguistic Theory
INGL 6008 Bilingualism and Language Contact
INGL 6016 Topics in Sociolinguistics
INGL 6018 Topics in Psycholinguistics
INGL 6028 Psycholinguistics and the Reading Process
INGL 6030 Theory and Practice of Composition
INGL 6040 Practice in the Teaching of Writing
INGL 6055 Studies in Literature I
INGL 6056 Studies in Literature II
INGL 6057 Studies in Literature III
INGL 6085 Special Topics I
INGL 6086 Special Topics II
INGL 6087 Special Topics III INGL 6995 Independent Research
INGL 6999 Thesis
Students completing the Thesis Option (Option I) must complete thirty credit hours
of coursework in addition to the Thesis.
Students completing the Comprehensive Examination Option (Option III) must
complete thirty-six credit hours of coursework in addition to the Examination.
Students at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez have the option of
matriculating in two additional undergraduate certificate programs to augment their
The Certificate in Teaching English on the Secondary School-level is sponsored by
the Department of English and the Department of Continuing Education. This
program offers students an NCATE-certified teaching certificate in Secondary
School English. Interested students need to meet with a program representative
to assess their undergraduate transcripts and design a program of study. The
requirements include core courses, a methodology course, and a teaching
The Certificate in Film Studies is sponsored by the departments of English,
Humanities, and Hispanic Studies. This certificate program offers students an
in-depth introduction to film studies, as well as an understanding of the craft
of filmmaking. Students who complete this program regularly participate in film
festivals and competitions, while others are actively pursuing careers in the film
industry. For a look at some recent student projects, visit our youtube page at:
www.youtube.com/filmcertificate. The requirements of the certificate include
five core courses.
Students enrolled in the MAEE Program may choose to work with faculty members whose diverse research interests include:
Anthrozooilogical Studies, Autobiography Studies, Bilingual Education, British Literatures, Caribbean Literatures, Classical Studies, Colonial and Postcolonial Theories, Communication Theories, Composition Studies and the Teaching of Writing, Creative Writing, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Studies, Disability Studies, the Early Black Atlantic, Electronic Literature and e-poetry, Film and Media Studies, Gender Studies, Language Policy and Planning, Medieval Studies, Orientalism, Queer Theories, Second Language Acquisition, Teaching English as a Second Language, Transatlantic Studies, U. S. Literatures, Visual Literacies, and World Englishes.
Admission to the Graduate Program
All applications to the MAEE Program should be submitted online through the Office of Graduate Students (OGS) applications portal at: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=UPR-GMAYA.
In addition to the general prerequisites for admission set by the Office of Graduate Studies of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, the Department of English requires:
a minimum 3.00 general and major grade point average. The Departmental Graduate Committee may consider applicants whose general and major GPA is between 2.75 and 2.99, if compelling justification for the lower average is provided in the Personal Statement of the application;
a one-page, single spaced Statement of Purpose written in English, to be submitted with the online application;
an Academic Writing sample (e.g. course paper) or a 3-5 page teaching philosophy written in English, which discusses both theory and practice, to be submitted with the online application;
three Letters of Recommendation from faculty members or other professionals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional work.* Formal letters should be attached to the recommendation form provided with the application; and
a Personal Interview with a member of the Departmental Graduate Committee or the Chair of the Department.
International students whose native language is not English must also submit their TOEFL scores. The minimum score required is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test and 79 for the internet-based test.
*There will be space on the online application to list recommenders and their contact information. The OGS will then contact recommenders directly to request their responses.
The MAEE Program has four undergraduate prerequisite courses, which are as follows:
1. A survey of literature in English course
2. A second survey of literature in English course OR an upper level literature seminar
3. An introduction to linguistics course
4. An advanced grammar course
Students who have not taken one or more of the aforementioned prerequisites may be admitted to the program on a conditional basis. These students are required to complete the prerequisites by passing relevant coursework during their first year in the program.
Tuition and Fees
Students who are United States Citizens and reside in Puerto Rico are charged $132. per credit hour for graduate-level courses, in addition to the university fees.
Students who are United States Citizens who do not reside in Puerto Rico are charged $132. per credit hour, in addition to the university fees, and an additional fee based upon the state of residency. The table of resideny fees may be found at: http://grad.uprm.edu/specialfees.pdfhttp://grad.uprm.edu/specialfees.pdf. Students who are U.S. Citizens may be considered residents of Puerto Rico by the university after one calendar year.
International Students are charged a fixed tuition rate of $3,063. per semester, in addition to the university fees.
The university fees for the 2011-2012 academic year were appriximately, $1,890. per semester, including student health insurance (this figure is subject to change and is an approximation based upon type of health insurance selected).
The Department of English currently offers assistantships for Graduate Students in the form of: Teaching Assistantships; Research Assistantships; and Tutoring Assistantships in the English Language Writing Center.
If you would like to apply for a Graduate Assistantship, please make sure to mark the appropriate box on your Applicaiton for Admission. Once you have been accepted to the program, the Department Chair will contact you directly to discuss assitantship awards.
The UPRM Office of Financial Aid can assist you in applying for loans and facilitate your applications for additional external scholarships and grants.
Office of Graduate Studies
Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for more information on financing your education, finding off campus housing, and navigating graduate school from application to graduation.