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Combined Degree Requirements

The English (BA) offers three options:

English (BA)/English (MA)
English (BA)/Writing and Publishing (MA)
English (BA)/Secondary Education English (MEd)

English (BA)/English (MA)

​The combined Bachelor's + Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Students apply to this program in the last quarter of their junior-year status; interested students should meet with the Director of the program earlier in the year. Applicants must be English majors or double majors, have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in English and 3.30 overall, and have completed a minimum of four English literature courses, two of which must be core classes, and at least one of the four should be at the 300-level. Students in this program take twelve graduate credit hours in their senior year; these graduate courses apply toward both undergraduate and graduate English requirements. For information on applying to this program, please check the English Department BA + MA Combined Degree webpage.

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English (BA)/Writing and Publishing (MA)

​The combined Bachelor's + Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

​Students apply to this program in the last quarter of their junior-year status; interested students should meet with the Director of the program. Applicants must be English majors or double majors, have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in English and 3.30 overall, and have completed ENG 201 and two creative writing workshops, at least one of which must be at the 300-level. Students in this program take twelve graduate credit hours in their senior year; these graduate courses apply toward both undergraduate and graduate program requirements. For information on applying to this program, please visit the English Department BA + MA Combined Degree webpage.

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English (BA)/Secondary Education English (MEd)

​The combined Bachelor's + Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These 12 graduate credit hours will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The TEACH Program combines a Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) undergraduate English major with a graduate level College of Education (COE) Master’s in Education Program. Students graduate with a BA in English and an​ MEd in Education with State of Illinois Secondary English Language Arts licensure.

The program allows undergraduate students to share credit earned through their English major courses with the English content area required for the MEd. Undergraduates may apply to the TEACH Program during the spring of their junior year. They must complete the Experiential Learning course, TCH 320, and meet other application criteria--e.g., completion of at least 16 quarter credit hours at DePaul and a 3.0 GPA. In senior year, students must complete the TEACH Program capstone course, TCH 390, and three 400-level education courses that apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees:​

Junior Year Coursework : 4 undergraduate quarter hours required

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 320EXPLORING TEACHING IN THE URBAN HIGH SCHOOL (fulfills undergraduate Junior Year Experiential Course requirement)4

Senior Year Coursework: 4 quarter hours required

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 390CAPSTONE: INTEGRATING EDUCATION & DISCIPLINARY FOUNDATIONS (fulfills undergraduate Capstone requirement; major area may require a separate Capstone course)4

Undergraduate/Graduate Double-Counted Courses: 12 undergraduate/graduate quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 401TEACHING AS A PROFESSION IN SECONDARY SCHOOL4
TCH 411THE NATURE OF ENGLISH4
TCH 421INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY ENGLISH PEDAGOGY4

Secondary English Content Area (grades of C or better required for licensure):

The following English content area requirements are required and a minimum of 18 quarter hours must be coursework at an undergraduate upper level or graduate level

  • Introduction to Literature course
  • Reading Poetry course
  • Shakespeare course
  • Literary Research and Writing/Reading Prose course
  • Linguistics/Grammar/History of the English Language course
  • 3 British Literature courses
  • Romanticism in American Literature course
  • 2 American Literature courses
  • 2 300-level Literature elective courses

This combined degree program of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Education was collaboratively developed, and is governed and taught by faculty from these units.

The Master’s year comprises teacher-preparation coursework that culminates with student teaching during Spring quarter. Upon graduation and the fulfilling of State of Illinois licensure requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be licensed to teach English at the 6th-12th or 9th-12th grade levels. 

A full description of the TEACH Program can be found here.   English Majors interested in the TEACH Program should consult Dr. Carolyn Goffman, TEACH Program Advisor for English.

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