Summarize and evaluate major theories, historical trends, and published research regarding second language teaching methodology and approaches.
Explain and apply principles, practices, and appropriate technology for effectively teaching and assessing second language and culture learning.
Demonstrate knowledge of the target language as a system and how it is linked to the culture.
Design second language research studies, collect and analyze data, and report the findings.
The SLaT MA program uniquely prepares students with second language teaching skills that are based on sound teaching theories that build on and go beyond the scientific study of language. The focus is on teacher preparation, which is in great demand in today’s society. This master’s program will assist second- and foreign-language teachers in improving their professional qualifications and advance in their profession. There is a specific need for teachers who are prepared to teach less commonly taught languages; this program helps to satisfy this need. The SLaT program also prepares students for continued study in Ph.D. programs in foreign language education and eventual entry into academia.
Requirements for Degree.
- Credit hours (33): Master's Thesis Option (699R) - minimum 27 course work hours and 6 thesis hours or Master's Project Option (698R) minimum 30 course work hours and 3 project hours.
- Required Core Courses: SLaT 601, 602, 603, and 604 (12 credits) plus 3 additional courses from the following: SLaT 610, 611, 612, 613, or 614 (9 credits).
- Elective courses (6 credits):
- 3 credits of a graduate-level language, linguistics, or literature course of the language of emphasis.
- 3 credits of a graduate-level language-specific course or an additional graduate-level pedagogy course from the required core courses listed above.
- Examinations: (A) Written comprehensive exam covering student's coursework and reading list. (Students are required to take this exam during the fourth semester of study.) (B) Oral defense of thesis or project.
- Statement of intent
- Three letters of recommendation
- Scholarly writing sample in English
- Successful completion of a language-teaching methodology course prior to the start of the graduate program.