Applied Linguistics EdM

Master of Education in Applied Linguistics


We offer a Master of Education degree tailored fit your interests and goals with three tracks in Applied Linguistics: second language acquisition, second language assessment, and language use. Continue your professional development or lay the groundwork for future doctoral studies with this 60-point Ed.M.

Master of Education

  • Major Code: LING
  • Points/Credits: 60
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • See program website for TOEFL/IELTS policies and score minimums for non-native English speakers
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Video essay required (included in online application)

Master of Education (60 points)

The Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program offers a Master of Education degree with three tracks in Applied Linguistics (LING) and TESOL: second language acquisition, second language assessment, and language use. Please see the track descriptions below for detailed curriculum information. Note that students' major program will be either TESOL or Applied Linguistics; tracks will not appear on student academic records. Students can normally expect to complete the Ed.M. in Applied Linguistics or TESOL in six semesters (i.e., three years).

Students earning the Master of Education degrees have six types of requirements: prerequisites and/or transfer courses, core courses, elective courses, research methods and statistics courses, breadth courses, and an Ed.M. exit project. All course decisions should be made in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. Students across all tracks are required to complete 9 credits of elective courses in Applied Linguistics and TESOL as well as an exit project outside of their coursework. Students with an M.A. from Teachers College can use up to 36 credits of their M.A. course work toward their Ed.M. program. Students with an M.A. from other accredited institutions or who completed their M.A. at TC but outside of AL or TESOL can transfer a total of 30 credits (up to 15 additional credits of coursework on topics not listed under Pre-requisite Courses for AL below), subject to the approval of a faculty advisor.

Pre-requisite Courses (15 points):

  • A&HL 4000             Educational linguistics (3)
  • A&HL 4085             Pedagogical English grammar (3)
  • A&HL 4087             Introduction to second language acquisition (3)
  • A&HL 4088             Second language assessment (3)
  • One course 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)

Requirements for core courses, research methods and statistics courses, and breadth courses vary from track to track.

 

Master of Education in Applied Linguistics (60 pts; 2nd Lang. Acquisition Track)

The second language acquisition track requires 60 points beyond the bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 30 points taken under the auspices of Teachers College. The Ed.M. may serve as continued professional development or as groundwork for future doctoral studies in Applied Linguistics or TESOL.

General Courses, Elective Courses, Transfer Courses, and Exit Project (39 points; see above)

Core Courses in Second Language Acquisition (15 points):

  • A&HL 5008             Interlanguage analysis  (3)
  • A&HL 5087             Second language acquisition in the classroom (3)
  • A&HL 6087             Advanced second language acquisition (3)
  • A&HL 6097             Task-based language teaching (3)
  • Various topics courses (3)

Research Methods and Statistics for Second Language Acquisition (6 points):

  • A&HL 5575             Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)
  • One course from the following:
    • C&T 5502               Introduction to qualitative research (3)
    • HUDM 4050            Introduction to measurement (3)
    • HUDM 4122            Probability and statistical inference (3)

Required Out-of-Program Breadth TC Courses (6 points total, chosen with advisor's approval). Below is a sample of such courses.

  • BBS 5068                Brain and behavior I (2)
  • BBS 5069                Brain and behavior II (2)
  • HBSK 4074              Development of reading comprehension strategies and study skills (2-3)
  • HBSK 5096              Psychology of memory (2-3)
  • HUDK 4015             Psychology of thinking (2-3)
  • HUDK 4029             Cognition and learning (2-3)
  • HUDK 4080             Educational psychology (2-3)
  • HUDK 5023             Cognitive development (2-3)
  • HUDK 5024             Language development (2-3)
  • HUDK 5025             Spatial thinking (2-3)
  • HUDK 5029             Personality development and socialization across the lifespan (2-3)
  • HUDK 5030             Visual explanations (2-3)
  • HUDK 5090             Psychology of language and reading (2-3)
  • MSTU 4133             Cognition and computers (2-3)

Master of Education in Applied Linguistics (60 pts; 2nd Lang. Assessment Track)

The second language assessment track requires 60 points beyond the bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 30 points taken under the auspices of Teachers College. The Ed.M. may serve as continued professional development or as groundwork for future doctoral studies in Applied Linguistics or TESOL.

General Courses, Elective Courses, Transfer Courses, and Exit Project (39 points; see above)

Core Courses in Second Language Assessment (9 points):

  • A&HL 5512             Historical perspectives on language testing research (3)
  • A&HL 5519             Instructed second language acquisition and assessment (3)
  • A&HL 6000             Second language test validation (3)
  • A&HL 6040             Classroom-based language assessment (3)
  • A&HL 6060             Generalizability theory for second language testing research (3)
  • A&HL 6089             Second language performance assessment (3)
  • A&HL 6407             Internship in applied linguistics and TESOL: Assessment lab (3)
  • Various topics courses (3)

Research Methods and Statistics for Second Language Assessment (also serves to fulfill the Out-of-Department breadth requirement) (6 points). Below is a sample of such courses.

  • A&HL 5575             Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)
  • One course from the following:
    • HUDM 4050            Introduction to measurement (3)
    • HUDM 4122            Probability and statistical inference (3)
    • HUDM 5122            Applied regression analysis (3)

Other Elective Out-of-Program (6 points total, chosen with advisor's approval). Below is a sample of such courses.

  • HUDK 4029             Cognition and learning (2-3)
  • HUDK 4035             Technology and human development (2-3)
  • HBSK  4074             Reading comprehension strategies and study skills (2-3)
  • HUDK 4080             Educational psychology (2-3)
  • HUDK 5023             Cognitive development (2-3)
  • HUDK 5024             Language development (2-3)
  • HUDM 6051             Psychometric theory I (2-3)
  • HUDM 6122             Multivariate analysis I (2-3)
  • MSTU 4036             Hypermedia and education (2-3)
  • MSTU 4133             Cognition and computers (2-3)

Master of Education in Applied Linguistics (60 pts; Language Use Track)

The degree requires 60 graduate points beyond the bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 30 points taken under the auspices of Teachers College. The Ed.M. may serve as continued professional development or as groundwork for future doctoral studies in Applied Linguistics or TESOL. For the focus on language use, students will complete the following requirements:

Core Courses in Language Use (9 points):

  • A&HL 5020             Interactional sociolinguistics (3)
  • A&HL 4104             Discourse analysis (3)
  • A&HL 4105             Conversation analysis (3)
  • A&HL 4106             Text and textuality (3)
  • A&HL 5105             Classroom discourse (3)
  • A&HL 6031             Advanced conversation analysis (3)
  • Various topics courses in discourse (3)

Research Methods and Statistics for Language Use (6 points):

  • A&HL 5575             Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)
  • One course from the following:
    • HUDM 4122            Probability and statistical inference (3)
    • ITSF 5000              Methods of inquiry: Ethnography and participant observation (3)
    • Additional courses chosen with advisor's approval

Required Out-of-Program Breadth Courses (6 points total, chosen with advisor's approval). Below is a sample of such courses.

  • ITSF 5003             Communication and Culture (2-3)
  • ITSF 5016             Ethnography of education (2-3)
  • Additional courses chosen with advisor's approval

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