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Master of Arts (36-41 points)

The Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program offers a Master of Arts degree with three tracks: Applied Linguistics, TESOL General, and TESOL K-12 with Initial Certification. Please see the track descriptions below for detailed curriculum information.

Students earning the Masters of Arts degree have four types of requirements: general courses, core courses, elective and breadth courses, and an exit project. All course decisions should be made in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. The core, elective, and breadth courses for each track are included below.

General Courses (12 points):

  • A&HL 4085             Pedagogical English grammar (3)
  • A&HL 4087             Introduction to second language acquisition (3)
  • A&HL 4088             Second language assessment (3)
  • A&HL 4101             Phonetics and phonology (3)

Elective and Breadth Courses (15 points; for AL and TESOL General, see below for TESOL PK-12):

  • One course on language use from the following:
    • A&HL 4001             Sociolinguistics and education (3)
    • A&HL 4104             Discourse analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4105             Conversation analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4106             Text and textuality (3)
  • Elective courses or workshops in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (3-6 points):
    • Chosen with advisor’s approval.
  • Required out-of-program breadth TC courses (6 points total):
    • Chosen with advisor’s approval.

Exit Project:

  • In addition to course requirements, students must complete a master’s project written on a research topic arising from their course-related interests and subject to approval by their advisor. This project is normally completed during the last semester of study.

Students can normally expect to complete the M.A. in Applied Linguistics or TESOL in four semesters (i.e., two years).


Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (36 points)

The Applied Linguistics track offers a 36-point Masters of Arts degree for students wishing to pursue research.

General Courses, Elective and Breadth Courses, and Exit Project (24 points; see above)

Core Courses in Applied Linguistics (9 points):

  • A&HL 4077          TESOL classroom practices (3)
  • A&HL 5301             Practicum I: Integrated skills (3)
  • A&HL 5575             Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)


Master of Arts in TESOL, General Track (36 points)

The TESOL General track offers a 36-point Master of Arts degree for students wishing to teach in any of a variety of settings except in the New York State public schools. The General Track does not prepare students to obtain New York State K-12 Certification in ESL.

General Courses, Elective and Breadth Courses, and Exit Project (27 points; see above)

Core Courses in TESOL (9 points):

  • A&HL 4077             TESOL classroom practices (3)
  • A&HL 5301             Practicum I: Integrated skills (3)
  • One course from the following:
    • A&HL 6301            Practicum II: Listening (3)
    • A&HL 6302             Practicum II: Speaking (3)
    • A&HL 6303             Practicum II: Reading (3)
    • A&HL 6304             Practicum II: Writing (3)


Master of Arts in TESOL, PK-12 Initial Certification (41 points)

The TESOL PK-12 Initial Certification track offers a 41-point Master of Arts degree in TESOL leading toward Initial New York State Teacher Certification. We currently have no Professional Certification program for students who already have Initial Certification or are teaching full-time. Students wishing to teach in a public school in a state other than New York are advised to consult the certification requirements for that state.

Candidates applying for initial certification in New York will be required to take and pass the edTPA. Information about edTPA is incorporated into the TESOL PK-12 Initial Certification curriculum. edTPA is a student-centered multiple measure assessment of teaching. For more information, please visit the edTPA website.

All courses must be passed with a grade of B- or above to count toward Initial New York State Certification.

General Courses and Exit Project (12 points; see above)

Core Courses in TESOL, PK-12 (17 points):

  • A&HL 4076             TESOL methodologies for PK-6 (3)
  • A&HL 4171             TESOL methodologies for 7-12 (3)
  • A&HL 4185             Pedagogical approaches in the content areas for teachers of PK-12 ESL (3)
  • A&HL 4776             Supervised student teaching in TESOL: PK-6 (3)
  • A&HL 4777             Supervised student teaching in TESOL: 7-12 (3)
  • A&HL 5207             Fieldwork in TESOL (1 semester each for PK-6 and 7-12, 1 point each)

Elective and Breadth Courses (12 points; different from above)

  • Elective courses or workshops in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (3 points):
    • A&HL 4001             Sociolinguistics (3)
    • A&HL 4005             Semantic systems and the lexicon (3)
    • A&HL 4104             Discourse analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4105             Conversation analysis (3)
    • A&HL 4106             Text and textuality (3)
    • A&HL 5011             Tech-based language teaching and materials design (3)
    • A&HL 5087             Second language acquisition in the classroom (3)
  • One out-of-program course from each of the following three categories (9 points):
    • Bilingual/bicultural education or Foundations of education and urban education (3)
      • A&HB 4020             Bilingualism and disabilities
      • A&HB 4021             Foundations of bilingual/bicultural education
      • A&HB 4024             Linguistics foundations of bilingual/bicultural education
      • A&HB 4075             Cross-cultural communication and classroom ecology
      • A&HB 4121             Bilingual/bicultural curriculum design
      • A&HH 4076             History of urban education
      • C&T 4078               Curriculum and teaching in urban areas
      • C&T 4501               Teaching and learning in the multicultural classroom
      • EDPS 4022              Sociology of urban education
      • ITSF 4060               Latinos in urban schools
      • Various topics courses in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
    • Elementary and secondary education (3)
      • A&HF 4090             Philosophies of education
      • A&HF 4091             Call to teach
      • A&HW 4036            The teaching of social studies
      • A&HW 5030            Diversity and the social studies curriculum
      • A&HW 5223            Oral history as a multidisciplinary teaching tool
      • C&T 4124               Curriculum development in elementary education
      • C&T 4133               Learning and teaching in the intermediate reading and writing classroom
      • C&T 4141               Literature for older children
      • C&T 4151               Teaching of writing
      • C&T 5037               Literacy, culture, and the teaching of reading
      • HUDK 4022             Developmental psychology: Childhood
      • HUDK 4023             Developmental psychology: Adolescence
      • MSTC 4040             Science in childhood education
      • MSTC 4042             Multicultural science education
      • MSTC 4044             Biology curriculum and methods laboratory
      • MSTC 4046             Chemistry curriculum and methods laboratory
      • MSTC 4140             Lab methods and experiences
      • MSTM 5010             Mathematics in elementary school
      • MSTM 5011             Mathematics in secondary school
    • Teaching students with learning disabilities (3)
      • C&T 4000             Disability, exclusion, and schooling
      • C&T 4001             Differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms
      • C&T 4046             Curriculum and instruction in secondary inclusive education
      • C&T 4047             Curriculum development in secondary inclusive education
      • C&T 4301             Formal assessment of exceptional students
      • C&T 5080             Access to full participation in schools
      • HBSE 4001            Teaching students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms


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