Requirements for the M.A. Degree:
All graduate credits must be at the 400 level.
Students enrolled in the M.A. TESL/TEFL Program must
apply for candidacy after completing their first
four (4) courses and fulfilling the language
requirement. Failure to do so at that time may mean
a delay in registering for the Thesis Seminar or a
delay in graduating. They must have a "B" average in
all TESL/TEFL courses they have taken to that point.
Application forms for candidacy are available from
All students pursuing a Master of Arts in TESL/TEFL
will be required to submit a Graduation Project as
one part of their graduation requirements. The
project will consist of a capstone paper with four
(4) elements to be included as appendices. Students
pursuing the M.A. in TESL/TEFL will be assigned an
advisor early in their degree program for assistance
in the preparation of the capstone paper.
Additionally, students can choose from two options,
a thesis or a non-thesis option.
The thesis option requires 30 hours of completed
coursework, including all required courses in
TESL/TEFL with a grade point average (GPA) of at
least 3.0 and no more than two grades of "C", and
the final capstone paper (i.e., Graduation Project);
for the final 6 hours credit, students will register
for a thesis seminar under the direction of a
faculty member chosen from among the TESL/TEFL
faculty. The thesis option may only be exercised
with prior departmental approval.
The non-thesis option requires 36 hours of 400-level
course work in TESL/TEFL, with an average of at
least 3.0 and no more than two grades of C, plus the
final capstone paper (i.e., Graduation Project).
Any special program design, tutored study, or
independent study must be approved in advance by the
student's graduate advisor, and also requires the
approval of the instructor, department chair, and
the appropriate college dean(s).