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MS TESOL Course and Capstone Requirements


This program offers Plan A (36 credits, including a 3cr thesis) and Plan B (36 credits and a comprehensive examination).

TESOL Specialization (21 credits):

  • LING 400 Linguistic Analysis 3
  • LING 496 TESOL Methods 3
  • LING 497 Second Language Acquisition 3
  • LING 512 Modern Syntax 3
  • LING 513 Modern Phonology 3
  • LING 515 An Introduction to Sociolinguistics 3

One course from:

  • LING 530 Topics in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 3 (Effective Spring 2013)
  • LING 533 Second Language Composition 3
  • LING 535 Second Language Testing 3
  • LING 596 TESOL Practicum 3

Research (3 credits):

LING 598 Research in TESOL and Applied Linguistics

Professional Education (6 credits):

At least one of the following courses and an additional course in the same area:

  • EDF 500 Contemporary Educational Issues 3
  • EDF 516 School and Society 3
  • EDF 524 Foundations of Contemporary Theories of Curriculum 3
  • EDF 525 History of American Education 3
  • EDF 538 The Politics of Education 3
  • EDF 583 Sociological Foundations of Education 3

Electives (6 credits):

Two additional elective courses at the 500 level for Plan B or one additional elective course at the 500 level and LING 599 (Thesis) for Plan A, as approved by advisor.

All planned programs and course sequences must 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 may elect Plan A only with the approval of an advisor in the program. Plan A students take LING 599 Thesis while writing the thesis.

Plan B students take one more general elective course. General electives are graduate course offerings as approved by the student’s advisor, courses drawn from the departments of anthropology, English, modern languages, geography, history, or other relevant fields.

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 control of English is deemed deficient.

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