Applied Linguistics MA/MS

Students in the MA/MS in Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in TESOL will not be subject to the residency requirements of the department's existing graduate programs and may complete the program online. 

Foreign Language Requirement for MA

A candidate for the Master of Arts degree must meet the language requirement:

  1. Completion of at least 12 semester hours (four courses) of appropriate undergraduate-level classes in one foreign language, or
  2. Completion of 6 semester hours (above elementary courses) if 2 years of high school credit in the language have been submitted as part of the regular university admission requirements, or completion of 3 semester hours if the student presents 3 or 4 years of high school credit, or
  3. 6 semester hours of graduate-level French for Reading, or
  4. American Sign Language (ASL) is considered an acceptable foreign language.  Students should consult with departmental Graduate Program Director regarding this requirement, or
  5. Department - Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (FLPE), or
  6. Successful completion of the Language Testing International Certification Exam – www.languagetesting.com
  • Students who do not satisfy the foreign language requirement will receive an MS degree rather than an MA

Master of Arts/Master of Science in Applied Linguistics  with an emphasis in TESOL - Option I Thesis

30 semester hours
Thesis
ENG 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)3-6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of requirement
Required courses (21 semester hours)
ENG 555General Linguistics3
ENG 501Structure Eng Language3
ENG 557Teaching English as a Second/Other Language Methods I3
ENG 657Teaching English as a Second/Other Language Methods II3
ENG 558Sociolinguistics3
or ENG 670 Pragmatics & Language Tchg
ENG 658Sound Systems of English: Pedagogical Applications of Phonology & Phonetics3
ENG 599Bib & Methods of Research3
Electives (3 semester hours)
Select one course from the following:
ENG 558Sociolinguistics3
ENG 559Lang & Culture in Class3
ENG 579Style and Stylistics3
ENG 596Practicum in TESOL3
ENG 671Discourse Analysis3
ENG 685Computational Linguistics3
ENG 697Special Topic3
ENG 562Psycholinguistics3
Total Hours30

Master of Arts/Master of Science in Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in TESOL - Option II Non-Thesis

36 Hour
Research
ENG 595Research Lit/Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Required Core Courses (24 semester hours)
ENG 501Structure Eng Language3
ENG 555General Linguistics3
ENG 557Teaching English as a Second/Other Language Methods I3
ENG 558Sociolinguistics3
ENG 599Bib & Methods of Research3
ENG 657Teaching English as a Second/Other Language Methods II3
ENG 658Sound Systems of English: Pedagogical Applications of Phonology & Phonetics3
ENG 670Pragmatics & Language Tchg3
Electives (9 semester hours)
Plus three of the following courses:
ENG 559Lang & Culture in Class3
ENG 579Style and Stylistics3
ENG 596Practicum in TESOL3
ENG 671Discourse Analysis3
ENG 685Computational Linguistics3
ENG 697Special Topic3
ENG 562Psycholinguistics3
Total Hours36

Master of Arts/Master of Science in Applied Linguistics with emphasis in TESOL (EFL/ESL for Adults) and specialization in ESL* (ESL for Children), Option II Non-Thesis

Required Core Courses (27 semester hours)
ENG 555General Linguistics3
ENG 501Structure Eng Language3
ENG 599Bib & Methods of Research3
ENG 557Teaching English as a Second/Other Language Methods I3
ENG 657Teaching English as a Second/Other Language Methods II3
ENG 558Sociolinguistics3
ENG 670Pragmatics & Language Tchg3
ENG 658Sound Systems of English: Pedagogical Applications of Phonology & Phonetics3
ENG 595Research Lit/Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Electives (9 semester hours)
Plus three of the following courses:
BLED 501GLB/Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education3
BLED 510Dual Language Assessment3
BLED 512Social and Academic Language Development in English for Bilingual Learners3
BLED 513GLB/Advanced Sheltered Content Area Instruction3
BLED 597Special Topics3
Total Hours36

*The ESL (Child ESL) specialization is earned through the completion of 12sch (ENG 557 + Three BLED courses).

*The ESL specialization is not a Texas Alternative Teaching Certification.

Note:  Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.