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Combined Degree Programs

The Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse (BA) offers two options:

  • DePaul Undergraduate Degree/Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse (MA)
  • Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse (BA)/Secondary Education English (MEd)

Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (MA), Combined Bachelor's + Master's Degree

​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.

​​​DePaul Undergraduate Degree + Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (MA)

Any DePaul student regardless of major may apply for the Combined DePaul Bachelor’s + MA WRD program. If admitted, undergraduate students will be allowed to take up to three courses in the MA WRD during their senior year as open electives in their undergraduate degree program. Final approval of the MA WRD courses as open electives will continue to reside with the college hosting the specific bachelor’s degree program. Writing and Rhetoric majors who choose the BA + MA option may count their three graduate courses as major or open electives. In addition to the credit earned toward their bachelor’s degree, participants will be allowed to double-count the course credit toward the requirements of the MA WRD degree program. Current DePaul undergraduate students with junior status (at least 88.0 credits) and a cumulative DePaul grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 are eligible to apply to the Combined DePaul Bachelor’s + MA WRD.  

Application Deadlines: 

  • To begin in Autumn Quarter, for Spring Graduation: April 15
  • To begin in Winter Quarter, for Autumn Graduation: November 15
  • To begin in Spring Quarter, for Winter Graduation: February 15

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Writing and Rhetoric (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 Writing and Rhetoric and a MEd in Education with State of Illinois Secondary English Language Arts licensure. 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.

Students may apply to the Program during the spring of their junior year. They must complete the Junior Year Experiential Learning course, TCH 320, and meet other application criteria prior to applying; these include completion of at least 16 quarter credit hours at DePaul and a 3.0 GPA. During their senior year, students are required to complete a Program capstone course, TCH 390 and three 400-level courses that count toward both their 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 is a list of English Content Area requirements (grades of C or better required for licensure). These can be taken as part of liberal studies, major and/or open elective requirements:

  • 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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Ready to apply?

Fill out and submit the WRD combined bachelor’s + master’s degree program application form and the Graduate Admission application form.