Master of Arts in Teaching
Florida Atlantic University at Boca Raton, a diverse community with all of the cultural advantages of a major metropolitan setting, is located three miles from the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The graduate program of the Department of English was nationally ranked by Black Issues in Higher Education (July 14, 2005) as a top African-American and Minority MA degree producer.
The MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching English) program is geared toward students seeking advanced study in English pedagogy. MAT students study composition and rhetoric with first-rate scholar-practitioners, as well as taking courses in literature and literary theory. The MAT provides excellent training for students who aim to go into secondary school teaching, or who want to pursue advanced study in composition and rhetoric.
Student Advisement Checklist: MAT Program
Deadline for Fall Admission: January 15 (all application materials must be received in the English department by this date for full consideration with teaching assistantship)
Deadline for Summer Admission: January 15
Deadline for Spring Admission: November 1
Minimum Admission Requirements:
- At least a 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale)
- Application Form
- Official Transcripts
Copy of General GRE Scores
Applicants should be aware that meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. Admission to the graduate program is competitive, and the Department considers the applicant's total record in making admissions decisions. While an undergraduate degree in English is not required, adequate preparation toward graduate study must be demonstrated. The Department considers the applicant's total record. Application information and instructions can be obtained from the English Department or from the FAU Website .
Assistantships offer a stipend of $9,000 per year (beginning Fall 2006) for teaching two courses each term, with an 80% tuition waiver. A limited number of assistantships with a stipend of $12,000 per year and the tuition waiver, as well as the Lawrence Sanders Fellowship ($15,000 per year and the tuition waiver), are also available on a competitive basis. Assignments typically involve teaching first year writing courses, but might include tutorial work at the University Center for Excellence in Writing (UCEW) and working as research assistants to department faculty.
Send the following to the English Department:
A statement of purpose (3-4 pages double-spaced) outlining preparation for graduate study. The statement should also indicate your interest in being considered for a teaching assistantship (if applicable)
MA/MAT: 10-20 pages (this should be a critical essay)
MFA/MA(CRW): fiction, 20-25 pages; creative nonfiction, 20-25 pages; or poetry, 15-20 pages (within chosen genre)
- Two letters of recommendation using the required form (we prefer letters of recommendation from English professors)
Send the following to the Graduate College:
- General GRE scores (except for MFA applicants)
Mark Scroggins, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English
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