Literature and the Teaching of Reading Specialization Coursework & Program of Study

The Literature and Teaching of Reading specialization is designed for students with a teacher license who wish to take graduate literature courses and work toward a reading endorsement by taking three reading courses in Curriculum and Instruction while also completing courses in British, American, and other literature areas.  This program is especially valuable to those teaching at the upper elementary, middle school, and high school levels including those teaching dual-enrollment courses.) These students must be interviewed by Professor Donna Niday (dniday@iastate.edu). Generally, only those with current teaching licenses will qualify to specialize in LTR.

MA in English (Specialization in Literature and the Teaching of Reading) requires a total of 30 credits of coursework.

Specified coursework = 18 credits

One graduate literature course in Teaching/Criticism/Bibliography (3 cr. total)

ENGL 521: Teaching of Literature and the Literature Curriculum

ENGL 522: Literary Theory and Criticism

ENGL 546: Issues in the Study of Literature

The course used to satisfy the Teaching/Criticism/Bibliography requirement may not also be used to satisfy other program requirements.

Five other graduate literature courses (15 cr. total), including

  • One course in American Literature (3 cr.)
    ENGL 532, 534; when material is appropriate, 531, 538, 539, 540, 541, 545, 546
  • One course in British Literature (3 cr.)
    ENGL 523*, 533, 535; when material is appropriate, 531, 538, 539, 540, 541, 543, 545, 546
  • One course in literature written before 1865 (3 cr.)
    ENGL 523*, 532, 533; when material is appropriate, 531, 538, 539, 540, 541, 543, 545. 546
    This requirement may be satisfied with the same course that satisfies a British or American Literature requirement above.
  • Two additional graduate literature courses (6 cr. total)

LTR courses in reading = minimum 9 credits

  • C I 552: Assessment for Literacy and Learning (3 cr.)
  • One of the following (3 cr.)
    C I 553: Teaching Adolescent Readers with Reading Difficulties; C I 556: Integrating Technology into Literacy
  • C I 588: Supervised Tutoring in Reading (3 cr.)

Independent research = 3 credits (only 3 credits count towards the degree)

  • ENGL 699: Thesis or English 599: Creative Component

Language Requirement

Satisfying the language requirement may require additional coursework.

*ENGL 523 can be used to satisfy either the Language Requirement or a literature course requirement (e.g., pre-1865 British literature), but NOT BOTH.