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 the Graduate College website.

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.

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.

Non-Thesis Option

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).