The MA in English at Western Kentucky University is a 30-33 hour degree with five options: literature, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, teaching English as a second language, and teaching. The degree prepares students to pursue a Ph.D. or to teach in a community or junior college. For those students who have an undergraduate teaching certificate, the MA in English is certified for Rank II and Rank I in the secondary schools. There is a thesis option in all but the creative writing option, in which a thesis is required. Near the end of course work, students take an oral examination with a committee of three faculty members.