The M.A. Program in English Education prepares candidates to serve as curriculum leaders or master teachers.

Students who enter the program are already teachers who want to engage in a process of professional development and prepare themselves for more responsibility as educators. The program requires 30 hours of graduate coursework and a written comprehensive exam and /or project. No thesis is required.

Application Deadline

  • Fall semester—July 15 (April 15 for international students) 
  • Spring semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students) 
  • Summer session—April 15 (March 1 for international students) 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • Extensive coursework in English
  • Two years of successful teaching experience in English or closely related area

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • A statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.


Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services, 319/335-5260,

We look forward to receiving your application!


The only required course in the M.A. program is the M.A. Seminar in English Education, a course offered every fall semester at a time in the evening when practicing teachers can attend class. Candidates design the rest of their program themselves, in consultation with their advisor. They are free to choose courses from the wide range of offerings in the College of Education and in the English Department, but they can also choose courses in related disciplines such as Psychology, Anthropology, and American Studies. Candidates who are teaching full- or part-time can complete their programs over several years, taking courses in the evenings in the summers, and on-line, as their schedule allows. Candidates who are not currently teaching can usually finish their programs within 3 or 4 semesters.

The M.A. Comprehensive Exam

MA Comps are developed in consultation with the student’s advisor. Students first ask three faculty members to serve on their committee. These faculty members can include professors outside of the College of Education. One of these faculty members, usually the student's advisor, serves as chair.

Dates, deadlines, and forms are available on the Graduate Exam web page. Contact the Office of Student Services with questions.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall semester—July 15 (April 15 for international students) 
  • Spring semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students) 
  • Summer session—April 15 (March 1 for international students) 
Application Questions