Master of Arts

Applied Linguistics

Central to Bridging Gaps in Understanding. 

With a CCSU MA in Applied Linguistics, use your theory-informed linguistics skills to teach English as a second language, or study and guide governmental and institutional policies in language use. This program offers rigorous and well-rounded training in a high-demand profession.

Our graduates teach across the state of Connecticut and around the world. They work in elementary and secondary schools, adult education programs, intensive language institutes, and community colleges, as well as in publishing, government, and institutional management.

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August  
  • Attend full- or part-time, with some flexibility in modality  
  • Taught by outstanding faculty in small classes  
  • Research in Bilingualism & English Language Learning Research Lab (BELL-RL)  
  • Learn the unique balance of theoretical and practical skills for teaching and policymaking  
  • One of only two programs in Connecticut offering a path for initial K-12 Teacher Certification in TESOL  
  • Financial aid is available  
  • No GRE required 

Program Options

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

This program combines language, teaching skills, linguistic inquiry, and enthusiasm for cultural diversity. Learn practical skills and methods of language teaching to help students develop communication competence and appropriate academic skills in English. Gain the ability to design, implement, and assess lessons and curricula in TESOL using current methods and best practices. (36 credits)

Language Policy & Planning (LPP)

This program builds a thorough foundation in generative and social language aspects to inform in guiding educational and institutional policies on language use, teaching, linguistic diversity, and multiculturalism. Develop skills to tailor and critique language policies to be implemented in a broad range of contexts. Gain the ability to design, implement and assess institutional language policies based on current research and theory. (30 credits)

- Keyra Colon Rodriguez, ESOL Teacher, Meriden Public School

The program prepared me to be an ESOL teacher by teaching me how to work with a diverse community and how to apply linguistic and educational strategies in my classroom.

- Keyra Colon Rodriguez, ESOL Teacher, Meriden Public School

Did You Know?

CCSU offers a graduate level TESOL Official Certificate Program (OCP), which is only half of the master’s requirements. This is a great option for teaching abroad or for experienced teachers wanting a cross endorsement in TESOL.

What You'll Gain

  • High-quality TESOL training from the longest running program in the state (since 1972)
  • Ability to analyze and interpret linguistic phenomena using current linguistic theory (what language is)  
  • Tools to analyze and interpret linguistic phenomena using current theories of second language acquisition (how is language learned)
  • Skills to produce effective materials relevant to the practice of applied linguistics, including lesson plans for language learning and clearly articulated policy position papers (how language is used and taught)