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Emphasis - Applied Linguistics and TESOL

M.A. in Modern Languages


The Department of Modern Languages offers the M.A. in modern languages with emphases in French, German, linguistics, Spanish, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 36

Course Requirements

Students must satisfy the requirements for either the emphasis in French, German, Spanish, or TESOL.

Emphasis - Applied Linguistics and TESOL


Students who specialize in TESL learn best practices in the teaching of English as a second language, training, most importantly, for careers as English-language teachers. With its heavy focus on applied and theoretical linguistics, the TESL specialization within the Modern Languages master's program also prepares its graduates for doctoral work in the discipline.

Course Requirements

Four options for completing the degree are available, all of which require 36 credit hours. The four options are as follows:

Twelve (12) of the 36 credit hours must consist of courses in the following CORE areas:

Students who elect to pursue the thesis option are additionally required to take TESL 694. Students who elect to complete a supervised internship are additionally required to take TESL 698 and TESL 699.

Please note that students will complete the required course work for ESL endorsement (see below) while they pursue their M.A. in Modern Languages with emphasis in TESL; however, once they complete the required course work, they must contact Dr. Whitney Webb at to apply for ESL endorsement.

Other Academic Requirements

Students must maintain a B average in their course work or be subjected to probation and/or expulsion from the program.

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