Department of English

Graduate Program

Contact Info
Dr. Jen Bacon
532 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Tracks and Concentrations

M.A. in English

Students accepted into the M.A. in English will be asked to determine a track or concentration early in their program of study. Students do not have to determine their track or concentration prior to acceptance into the program, and regardless of the track or concentration pursued, all students receive the same degree, an M.A. in English.

The M.A. in English offers the following options:
Literature Track (thesis option)
Literature Track (non-thesis option)
Writing, Teaching, and Criticism Track (thesis and non-thesis option)
Creative Writing Concentration

For information regarding graduate program tracks and concentrations, contact the English Department.

Call 610-436-2745 or write:

Dr. Carolyn Soriso
Graduate Coordinator
Department of English
541 Main Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

M.A. TESOL Program

In addition, the English department, in cooperation with the Department of Languages and Cultures, offers an MA TESOL program with three degree certificates:

  • The MA TESOL with the PDE ESL Certificate is a 36 credit program for people who want to teach ESL in   public schools in Pennsylvania or neighboring states, or for people who want to go on to a Ph.D. program. 
  • The MATESOL without the PDE ESL Certificate is also a 36 credit program, designed for people who want to teach adult education, to teach English as a Foreign Language in other countries, or for those who want to go on to a Ph.D. program. 
  • The PDE ESL Certificate is an 18 credit program for people who want to teach ESL in public schools in Pennsylvania or neighboring states.  As an endorsement, the PDE ESL Certificate requires prior certification in another area before completion. 

All three programs have Introduction to Linguistics (ENG 230) as a pre-requisite.

For more information on the MA TESOL program, please contact Dr. Garry Molholt, Director, at 610-436-2425, or email him at

You can also check out the TESOL Programs Handbook.