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Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree

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

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

​Combined DePaul Bachelor's/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. WRD 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

​Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (BA)/Secondary Education English (MED)

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, Rhetoric and Discourse 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:

​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:

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 Certification requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be certified to teach English at the 6th-12th grade levels. 

A full description of the program can be found on the College of Education website in the graduate course catalog.  Students interested in the program should consult with the designated TEACH Program advisor in their home department.​​

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