Applied Linguistics, M.A.

Program Curriculum

Course and Capstone Requirements:

This program offers two Track options, either TESOL or LPP.  For the capstone, the TESOL track allows two options, Plan A (36 credits, including a thesis) or Plan B (36 credits, plus a comprehensive examination), while the LPP track allows only one option, Plan A (30 credits, including a thesis). See the TESOL Program Handbook for additional details and requirements of these tracks and capstone options.

Applied Linguistics Core (15 credits; required for either track):

Track in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): Students must complete the Applied Linguistics Core, plus another 21 credits, including:

TESOL Capstone (3 credits, either Plan A or Plan B), as follows:

or Comprehensive Exam and one additional TESOL Elective course, as approved by advisor.

Total Credit Hours: 36

Additional Information (for both tracks)

All planned programs and course sequences should be approved by a TESOL advisor prior to registration. Degree candidates must file a planned program before completing 16 credits of graduate course work.

Students in the TESOL track may elect Plan A only with the approval of an advisor and second reader in the program. Plan A students take LING 598 first and then LING 599 while writing the thesis. The Graduate Studies Office provides a useful Handbook about Thesis preparation and formatting.

Plan B students take one additional elective course from the TESOL Elective list above. Comprehensive Exams involve five questions, which are scored up to 20 points each.  A student must earn a minimum of 80 points total on the five questions in order to pass the exam. If a student fails, the entire exam must be retaken. The exam is offered only twice per year and can be attempted only three times.  Students may not switch to Plan A after a failed attempt at the exam.

It is expected that a degree candidate will have control of the English language beyond mere communicative adequacy. It shall be the joint decision of the TESOL faculty whether a degree candidate's control of spoken and/or written English is appropriate to the profession. The faculty will recommend various remedies for any candidate whose proficiency in Standard English is deemed deficient.