College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

Department of English

Teaching English as a Second Language - Applied Linguistics, Master of Arts

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2014

This program of study covers a blend of theoretical and practical issues, ranging from linguistics and sociolinguistics, to ESL methodology, to assessment of second-language skills. Students complete a one-semester supervised teaching experience and become familiar with research modes and methods for this intriguing field.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language - Applied Linguistics?

For non-native speakers of English, their inability to converse in and understand the language is a significant barrier in school, work, and life. If you’re passionate about giving people the tools to succeed in our society, our program might be for you.

Our program of study covers a blend of theoretical and practical issues, ranging from linguistics to English as a Second Language methodology. You will also have the opportunity for a one-semester supervised teaching experience. You will study assessment for second language skills, and sociolinguistics as well as research methods. You will also be prepared for PhD-level study in applied linguistics.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Publisher
  • International educator
  • Test developer
  • Community college instructor


University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Minimum Units for Completion 37
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Thesis Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Master's Requirements
      • This may include up to 6 units of ENG 699, upon petition to the applied linguistics faculty, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis.
      • Please note that you may end up taking more than the 6 units of thesis credit you can count toward your degree because you must enroll for ENG 699 each term while you are working on your thesis.
  • You must also:
    • Have your writing skills evaluated during your first year of study; and
    • Take a comprehensive exam.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

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