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English Department - Master of Arts


M.A. In English:

University of Minnesota Duluth Master of Arts students in English who hold teaching assistantships at UMD receive a great deal of support as they begin a challenging yet extremely rewarding classroom experience. Teaching their own section of the first-year college writing course for the Department of Writing Studies, the TAs start with a full week of training prior to Fall semester. The TAs shadow an experienced faculty member teaching College Writing, are assigned a mentor from the Writing Studies Department faculty, take a course on composition theory and practice, and are invited to attend faculty development workshops on both teaching and technology. The program is kept relatively small so that TAs become a close-knit unit, working, studying, socializing, and supporting one another year round.

APPLICATION FORM (Click here to download).

Contact Assistant Professor Krista Twu, Director of Graduate Studies, at (218) 726-6598 or for additional info.

English M.A. students who hold a teaching assistantship can expect to:
  • receive up to 90% tuition remission (depending on the appointment)
  • apply for fellowships that cover the re-maining tuition
  • receive semester stipends
  • attend a one-week training session prior to the beginning of fall semester
  • shadow an experienced College Writing teacher for one semester
  • teach College Writing (Writing Studies 1120) to a section of 28 students per semester
  • receive training in computer use in sup-port of teaching writing
  • be assigned an office and hold regularly scheduled office hours
  • work with a teaching mentor from the graduate faculty
  • tutor College Writing students
  • study composition theory
  • participate in faculty training workshops
  • attend Department meetings
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