department of english

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.

MAT Program:

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  

Application Deadlines

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 .

Teaching Assistantships:

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:   

  • Writing sample:  
        MA/MAT: 10-20 pages (this should be a critical essay)   
  • Two letters of recommendation using the  required form (we prefer letters of recommendation from English professors)
  • 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)

Address for the English Department: 

Attn: Graduate Advisor 

English Department, CU 306 

Florida Atlantic University 

777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431


Send the following to the Graduate College:

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • General GRE scores (except for MFA applicants)

Additional Information

Raphael Dalleo,
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English 

Mary Sheffield-Gentry, Graduate Advisor

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