M.A. in Second Language Acquisition/Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
The Department of Modern Languages offers a two-year Second Language Acquisition / TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Master's degree. This degree includes an array of interdisciplinary courses, concentrated in the study of second language acquisition, the teaching of English as a second / foreign language, and in English-language literature and culture.
This program offers practicing and aspiring foreign language teachers a Master's degree concentrating on foreign language pedagogy. The program integrates the teaching of language, culture, and literature. The program is designed to:
Strengthen the language skills and cultural awareness of practicing teachers;
Develop new patterns and techniques of teacher preparation and teacher/student interaction in English;
Narrow the traditional gap in graduate study between the methods of teaching and the content areas of literature and culture;
Encourage the professional development of the field;
Allow practicing teachers to complete graduate studies within a reasonable time (two to three years).
In the TEFL option, students complete the degree with:
30 hours of course work, plus a comprehensive written and oral examination,
28 hours of course work plus a Master's Report,
or 24 hours of course work plus a Master's Thesis
For more information about the TEFL Program, please contact Dr. Abby Franchitti (email@example.com).
I. Pedagogy and Methodology (9-12 hours)
- Introduction to Foreign Language Pedagogy
- Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
- Principles of Linguistics
II. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (6 hours)
- TEFL for Adult Learners
- Practicum in Adult TEFL: Oral Communication
- Practicum in Adult TEFL: Written Communication
III. Language and Culture (6-12 hours)
- May be selected from existing courses in English or Modern Languages, or courses in related areas such as anthropology, education, or speech
IV. Electives (3-6 hours, with approval of the program committee)
V. Master's Thesis (6 hours) or Master's Report (2 hours)
Check here for admission requirements, and admission process.
Note that the English Proficiency Requirements for the TEFL MA program for International Students are: Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): Listening 21, Reading 21, Writing 21, Speaking 24, TOTAL: 80.
International students are required to do a writing assessment upon arrival to determine proficiency in critical writing skills.
Students not meeting requirements in 1) academic background, 2) the TOEFL, or 3) critical writing may be admitted provisionally provided they complete the necessary courses to raise their proficiency to program expectations.