MA/MS in English with an Emphasis in TESOL

Master's degree candidates who wish to focus on TESOL may choose either a 30 semester-hour program that includes a thesis, or a 36 hour program that includes an independent research project. Both programs of study lead to an MA degree for students who demonstrate foreign language proficiency, or to an MS degree for students without a foreign language. MA/MS candidates study a broad range of topics that prepare the graduate for an active role in language education. Graduates of the Master's program have gone on to successful careers in teaching in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, and language schools in both the United States and abroad. Others have chosen careers in law, publishing, and business. An MA or MS degree with an emphasis in TESOL will also lay the groundwork for further specialized study in any of the applied linguistic domains, and many graduates have opted to pursue doctoral studies.

Recommended Courses for Master's Degree with an Emphasis in TESOL:

The Required Core Courses (for both thesis and non-thesis candidates) are:

  • English 501 Structure of the English Language
  • English 555 General Linguistics

Thesis Master's Degree

Thesis candidates complete 30 semester hours of course work. In addition to the Required Core Courses (English 501 and English 555), Thesis candidates may choose from the following TESOL-related courses:

  • English 529 Workshop for Public School Teachers*
  • English 557 Teaching English as a Second Language
  • English 558 Sociolinguistics
  • English 559 Language and Culture in the Classroom
  • English 562 Psycholinguistics
  • English 579 Style and Stylistics
  • English 589 Independent Study**
  • English 680 Reading Theory for College English Teachers
  • FLL 511 Teaching a Second Language (Taught in Spanish)
  • * With Approval of an Applied Linguistics Adviser
  • ** With Approval of Department Head

Thirty-hour degree candidates defend a thesis (six semester hours), complete English 599 (Bibliography and Methods of Research) or an approved substitute. Additionally, MA candidates satisfy the foreign language requirement.

Non-Thesis Master's Degree

Non-Thesis candidates complete 36 semester hours of course work. In addition to the Required Core Courses (English 501 and English 555), Thesis candidates may choose from the following TESOL-related courses:

  • English 529 Workshop for Public School Teachers*
  • English 557 Teaching English as a Second Language
  • English 558 Sociolinguistics
  • English 559 Language and Culture in the Classroom
  • English 562 Psycholinguistics
  • English 579 Style and Stylistics
  • English 589 Independent Study**
  • English 680 Reading Theory for College English Teachers
  • FLL 511 Teaching a Second Language (Taught in Spanish)
  • * With Approval of an Applied Linguistics Adviser
  • ** With Approval of Department Head

Thirty-six-hour degree candidates complete English 595 Research Literature and Techniques (three semester hours), for which a research project is submitted by the candidate and approved by a departmental committee. Additionally, M.A. candidates satisfy the foreign language requirement.

Distance Education

At present English 501, English 555, English 557, English 558, English 559, and English 562 are available through Two-Way Interactive Distance Education. English 529, English 571, English 579, English 589 and FLL 511 are regularly available on the Commerce campus only.