For thesis writers, a minimum of 30 graduate hours plus the thesis is required. In addition to the required courses, 570 (Advanced Research Methodology) is required of those writing theses. For non-thesis writers, a minimum of 36 graduate hours is required.
In choosing electives, students in the comprehensives track, with assistance of their advisors, are to choose at least one course from each of the groups listed below.
In choosing electives, students in the thesis track, with assistance of their academic advisors, are to choose at least one course from at least two of the groups listed below.
1. Education and research: TEFL 502, 507, 540, 570 (for students in the comprehensives track)
2. Linguistics: TEFL 505, 521, 540, 550
3. Cross-linguistic, cross-cultural studies: TEFL 525, 540, 550, 553
In the case of TEFL 540 Selected Topics in Applied Linguistics, the course topic must relate to the general category.
The comprehensive examination consists of a written examination followed by an oral examination. It is required only of students not writing theses, and may not be taken more than twice.
The thesis as a requirement for graduation is optional. The student who chooses to write a thesis must produce a professional paper on some aspect of TEFL/applied linguistics. The thesis must be prepared under the guidance and close supervision of a faculty adviser and a designated committee, and must be defended to the satisfaction of the department.
Graduate Diploma in TEFL
The Diploma program is designed for qualified teachers of English who meet the same admission requirements as those for the Master of Arts degree. The Diploma is awarded to those who successfully complete the following six TEFL courses: