Program Requirements

In consultation with program directors and faculty advisors, all degree candidates complete the 15-hour Second Language Acquisition Core and one of the three 15-hour language tracks, for a total of 30 hours of coursework. The course associated with the research requirement brings the total hours for the program to 33.

Second Language Acquisition Core

All candidates must complete the following 15-hour core:

  1. ENG 691 Linguistic Theory - 3 hours
  2. ENG 695 Principles of Second Language Acquisition - 3 hours
  3. ENG 700 Introduction to Research Methods in English - 3 hours
    or MCL 710* Advanced Research in the Discipline
  4. ENG 696 Materials and Assessment in TESOL - 3 hours
    or MCL 696* Materials and Assessment in Foreign Language Teaching
  5. ENG 605 Methods in TESOL - 3 hours
    or MCL 700* Advanced Teaching Methods and Technology

*Candidates pursing the TESOL track are encouraged to enroll in the ENG classes to fulfill requirements 3-5, whereas those pursuing tracks in French or Spanish should enroll in the MCL classes. However, with advisor approval, candidates may take either ENG or MCL classes to fulfill requirements 3-5, regardless of track.

Language Track

All candidates must complete one of the following 15-hour language tracks:

A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  1. Complete each of the following:
    1. ENG 688 Sociolinguistics for Language Teaching - 3 hours
    2. ENG 690 Grammatical Analysis - 3 hours
    3. ENG 793 Seminar in Linguistics - 3 hours
  2. Complete 6 hours in electives from among the following:
    1. ENG 793 Seminar in Linguistics - 3 hours
      (if topic different from ENG 793 above)
    2. ENG 792 Linguistics in Rhetoric and Composition - 3 hours
    3. ENG 689 Studies in Linguistics - 3 hours
    4. Any 700-level ENG course in literature, composition, or rhetoric - 3 hours
      (approved by the advisor)

B. French

  1. Complete each of the following:
    1. MCL 724 Seminar in Linguistics for Foreign Languages - 3 hours
    2. FRN 725 Seminar in Francophone Literature and Culture - 3 hours
    3. FRN 735 Advanced French Proficiency - 3 hours
  2. Complete 6 hours in electives from among the following:
    1. ENG 688 Sociolinguistics for Language Teaching - 3 hours
    2. MCL 650 Advanced Study Abroad - 3-6 hours
    3. MCL 697 Topics for Teachers of Foreign Languages - 1-6 hours
    4. MCL 701 Applied Foreign Language Practicum - 1-3 hours
    5. RDG 660 Diversity Issues in Literacy and Content Area Instruction - 2 hours

C. Spanish 

  1. Complete each of the following:
    1. MCL 724 Seminar in Linguistics for Foreign Languages - 3 hours
    2. SPN 725 Seminar in Hispanic Literature and Culture - 3 hours
    3. SPN 735 Advanced Spanish Proficiency - 3 hours
  2. Complete 6 hours in electives from among the following:
    1. ENG 688 Sociolinguistics for Language Teaching - 3 hours
    2. LLT 696 Hispanic Literature in Translation - 3 hours
    3. MCL 650 Advanced Study Abroad - 3-6 hours
    4. MCL 697 Topics for Teachers of Foreign Languages - 1-6 hours
    5. MCL 701 Applied Foreign Language Practicum - 1-3 hours
    6. RDG 660 Diversity Issues in Literacy and Content Area Instruction - 2 hours
    7. SPN 610 Advanced Translation - 3 hours

Research Requirement

Candidates must enroll in three hours of MCL 798 and complete two degree papers. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, candidates will revise and expand two papers or other projects previously submitted in conjunction with two different courses in the program. Candidates can enroll in MCL 798 only upon completion of 18 hours of MASLA coursework.

Examination Requirement

During the last semester of coursework or later, all candidates will take two written examinations, one focused on issues related to second language acquisition theory and practice and another relating to their chosen language track.

Language Proficiency Requirement

TESOL Track Candidates

TESOL track candidates must provide evidence of intermediate-level proficiency in a language other than English. The language proficiency requirement may be met through one of the following options: (a) completion of 12 hours of undergraduate course work in a foreign language with at least a C average; (b) completion of the second intermediate foreign language college course with a grade of C or higher; or (c) passing a reading competency test equivalent to the level of the second intermediate foreign language college course administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. A TESOL track candidate whose native language is not English will be considered to have met the language requirement.

French and Spanish Track Candidates

As noted in the Admission Requirements section above, French and Spanish track candidates must demonstrate speaking and writing proficiency consistent with the Advanced level on the ACTFL scale. If such proficiency is not clearly evidenced, additional proficiency assessments may be administered at the discretion of program faculty.