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English Graduate Courses for Continuing Education

Comprehensive, Online Courses for Language Arts Teachers

Do you want to earn the credentials to teach a college-level concurrent enrollment class at your high school?

Do you want to qualify to teach as a part-time faculty member in the English departments of one of Colorado’s colleges or universities?

  • Continue to Teach Your High School Classes
  • Earn Graduate Credit
  • Qualify to Teach College English 

MSU Denver is now offering a comprehensive, 18-hour graduate-level series of classes with the courses that you need to qualify to teach English at the college level.

Our graduate curriculum consists of six 3-credit graduate level classes specifically designed to give you the relevant 18 graduate hours in English that you’ll need. And, for your convenience, all six courses are offered online!

If you already have a Master’s Degree, but you need 18 graduate hours in English, in order to teach first year college-level writing courses, then the Metropolitan State University of Denver offers graduate courses to fulfill this requirement. MSU Denver offers six, 3-credit graduate classes that will allow you to teach concurrent enrollment classes in Language Arts at your own high school and to teach as a part-time faculty member in area English departments.


The All-Online Plan

Start any semester, Take 1 or 2 classes

  • ENG 590A Writing about Multicultural Literature for Young Readers
  • ENG 5010 Language & Linguistic Diversity
  • ENG 590E College Writing: Theories and Inclusive Practices
  • ENG 590B Visual Rhetoric and Writing
  • ENG 5710 Cultural Concepts in Film Adaptation
  • ENG 5810 Rhetoric of Diversity


Contact Rebecca Gorman O’Neill at

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university.
  • Preference is given to students who have already completed a graduate degree (Master of Arts or Master of Science degree).

Official Transcripts

After an admissions application is submitted, official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing school, institution, or agency in one of the following ways:

  1. Electronically to via Parchment, E-Transcripts, Credentials Solutions, Inc., National Student Clearinghouse, or a similar platform.

  2. Mailed to

    MSU Denver Graduate Admissions

    Campus Box 44 P.O. Box 173362

    Denver, CO  80217

Note: Hand-carried documents delivered to the Office of Admissions (Student Success Building, Suite 180) will also be accepted if in an official envelope sealed by the issuing school, institution, or agency.


Course Descriptions

ENG 590F Language & Linguistic Diversity

The purpose of this course is to help prepare instructors to teach and assess linguistically diverse student populations effectively. Topics include both the nature of language variation (register vs. dialect, sociolect, and ideolect; bilingualism) and the specifics of selected language varieties (dialect and sociolect traits; foreign accent). Emphasis is placed on understanding the various aspects of the concept of ‘grammaticality’ and recognizing the effects of our society’s dominant language ideology on education, including its practical impact on teaching effectiveness, child development assessments, and standardized testing.

ENG 590A/5210 Writing about Multicultural Literature for Young Readers

This course examines representative works by people of color and those that depict diverse ethnicities that are frequently taught in the secondary English language arts classroom. Students will use a variety of literary theories to consider approaches to presenting these works to secondary students. Instruction will also include attention to the techniques of teaching secondary students to analyze texts and to write about literature.

ENG 590B Visual Rhetoric and Writing

This course explores some of the ways in which visual information are used to influence viewers' opinions, beliefs, attitudes, and behavior (the art of rhetoric) in written communication. Students will learn theories of visual rhetorical criticisms and examine different strategies for integrating words and images.

ENG 590E College Writing: Theories and Inclusive Practices

The central goal of this course is to help students locate those theories that will best ground and enrich their own inclusive pedagogical approaches to teaching college-level writing. Students will look at the major theoretical foundations and current research for teaching college writing. In addition, the course will look at how theory informs practice in order to help the student become an effective college-level writing teacher committed to theoretically-sophisticated, reflective, inclusive and professional teaching.

ENG 5710 Cultural Concepts in Film Adaptation

Students examine various directors’ and cultures’ adaptations of popular, canonical authors (e.g. Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Fitzgerald) literature to film. Focus starts with the work of early silent filmmakers and moves to major directors’ adaptations of the written works. Studies include reading the original texts, studying theories and techniques of adaptations, and studying cinematic forms and cultural contexts.

ENG 5810 Rhetoric of Diversity

Students will explore how we talk and think about diversity, including racial, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, and class, and the intersections of these categories. Students will explore the ways in which diversity is socially constructed. The central goal of the course is for students to understand the material implications of the rhetoric of diversity.

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