Dec 08, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Secondary English Education, M.A.

College of Education  
Department: Teaching and Learning


  • Teaching Secondary Writing
  • Teaching Secondary Reading
  • Teaching Secondary ELLs
  • Teaching Young Adult Literature



The University of South Florida’s Master of Arts in Secondary English Education is designed for certified teachers looking to deepen their craft through additional professional preparation and for those considering advanced graduate study (e.g., a Ph.D. in English Education).

Accreditation: Includes the State of Florida Accomplished Practices as well as Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation standards, and program approval by the Department of Education.  More info:

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Proof of successful completion of the GKT or of GRE with minimum score of 156 in verbal reasoning and a least 4/6 on analytical writing.
  • Students with fewer than 24 upper-level undergraduate course credits in English may still be accepted to the program, but they will be required to make up the deficiency in undergraduate coursework by taking additional graduate courses in English/Education during the program.
  • A personal statement (300-500 words) stating educational or professional purpose for pursuing this graduate degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors assessing the applicant’s readiness for graduate study (or, if a former professor is not an option because the applicant has been out of school for several years, letters from work supervisors are permissible).

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 Credit Hours
•    Shared Core - 6 Credit Hours
•    Trends - 3 Credit Hours
•    Concentration - 15 Credit Hours
•    Other required education courses - 6 Credit Hours

Please be advised that curriculum and/or course requirements are subject to change per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.

Shared Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Trends Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

Concentration (15 Credit Hours)

Students choose one of the following concentrations:

Teaching Secondary Reading Concentration

Note - the Teaching Secondary Reading Concentration leads to Florida Reading Endorsement.

Teaching Secondary ELLs Concentration

Note - The Teaching Secondary ELLs concentration leads to Florida Reading Endorsement.

Teaching Young Adult Literature Concentration

Comprehensive Examination

Before graduating with a master’s degree, all candidates must take and successfully pass a Comprehensive Examination in English Education at the end of their program. Students must be registered in LAE 6637 during the semester in which the examination is taken.