The rapid increase in the numbers of American citizens whose first language is not English, as well as the continuing internationalization of American businesses, indicates a growing need for professionals in commerce, technology, education, and language instruction who have advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of how languages (especially second languages) are acquired and function.
The 36 credit MA TESOL prepares individuals from a variety of backgrounds for teaching English to non-native speakers. The program emphasizes competency in the theory and teaching practices, including assessment, involved in second language acquisition, and provides supporting coursework in linguistics and grammar. All students are expected to acquire practical experience during the course of the program, most typically achieved through a practicum.
The student may select up to 12 credits of elective coursework based on individual need and interest. Students may include one elective or choose to add a certificate in the world region in which they plan to work.
In May 2012, this master's program was approved by the Indiana Department of Education for professional EL Certification. Currently-licensed Indiana teachers who wish to add an English Learners (EL) professional certification to their teaching license may do so by completing this master's degree program or the TESOL Certificate.
Applicants must meet all the admission requirements of the Graduate School, including a grade point average of at least 3.0, transcripts, two letters of reference, and a personal essay/statement. Applicants should also have at least 15 credits of college English coursework (e.g., a minor in the field of English). International applicants who are non-native English speakers must have an undergraduate English major or its equivalent, and a TOEFL score of at least 83 (or an IELTS of 6.5 (with no individual score below 6.0), or a Gateway English course with a grade of A- or higher).
|Core Curriculum||24 credits|
|ENGL 543||Introduction to Linguistics||3 cr|
|ENGL 544||Sociolinguistics: Language Across Cultures||3 cr|
|ENGL 568||TESOL Theory & Methods||3 cr|
|ENGL 569||TESOL Theory & Practices||3 cr|
|ENGL 612||ESL Curriculum & Assessment||3 cr|
|ENGL 613||ESL Grammar||3 cr|
|ENGL 614||Seminar in ESL||3 cr|
|ENGL 685||Practicum||3 cr|
|ENGL 531||Advanced Composition||3 cr|
|ENGL 541||History of English Language||3 cr|
|ENGL 542||Modern English Grammar||3 cr|
|ENGL 580||Topics in Writing||3 cr|
|ENGL 601||New Literacies, Cultures, & Technologies of Writing||3 cr|
|ENGL 602||Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)||3 cr|
|ENGL 686||Internship||1-3 cr|
|Related courses as approved by the department or advisor.||3 cr|
Other credit-bearing courses or experiences related to TESOL will be offered periodically depending on need or interest. Possible options include training in English for Special Purposes, coursework in managing TESOL programs, and internships throughout the USA and abroad.
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $595 per credit hour, highly competitive for a private institution of recognized national quality. Full-time graduate students pay a $189 general fee each fall and spring semester. Part-time graduate students pay a $101 general fee each fall and spring semester. Financial aid is available through direct and indirect student loans for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters. Because most course offerings are scheduled for the evening, many students hold part- or full-time employment during their study.
For more information about the Master of Arts in English Studies and Communication program
To learn more about the Master of Arts in English Studies and Communication, visit their department website at http://www.valpo.edu/english/.
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