MA TESOL Program

Update: As of May 6, 2022, the MA TESOL program is not currently accepting applications for new students, due to staffing issues).

The MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics prepares students to become knowledgeable theoretically grounded professionals in the field of language education. The primary content areas emphasized are: linguistic knowledge and metaknowledge, (i.e. knowledge about language), the process of second language acquisition, approaches to classroom learning and instruction, instructional research, and sociocultural aspects of learner populations. Guided participation is provided in the form of fieldwork and practicum experiences.

Course requirements consist of the following:

Program Curriculum

Students admitted to the program earn the degree by completing a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework, submitting a final project, and passing an oral examination on the final project.

The 30-credit minimum, includes 9 required core courses and one optional course:

Required courses:

LINGUIS 410G Literacy, Grammar, and Methodologies in ESL Education
LINGUIS 720 Second Language Acquisition
LINGUIS 750 Introduction to Phonetics
LINGUIS 761 Introduction to Phonology
LINGUIS 764 Introduction to Syntax
LINGUIS 767 Methodologies and Approaches in Adult/University-Level TESOL
LINGUIS 520G Advanced Second Language Acquisition
LINGUIS 567G Materials for ESL Instruction
LINGUIS 789 Practicum in Teaching ESL to Adult Learners

One elective, to be chosen from the following:

AD LDSP 757 Principles and Foundations of Adult Education
CURRINS 503G Assessment Issues in Language Education
CURRINS 542G History and Politics of Second Language Education
LINGUIS 430G Language and Society
LINGUIS 570G Issues in Bilingualism
LINGUIS 708 Proseminar in Linguistics
LINGUIS 755 Semantics
LINGUIS 768 Language in its Various Forms
LINGUIS 806 Seminar in Linguistics (Language Acquisition topic)

Students with no previous background in Linguistics are strongly recommended to take Linguistics 708 as their elective, and to begin their degree program with this course.