All students will complete a Capstone Paper except for those completing a thesis or the MATESOL Plus Licensure Program.
The Capstone Paper recognizes the teaching profession as one of lifelong learning and professional development. The paper gives students the opportunity to formally articulate their teaching philosophy. The paper will be written in the first person and follow the usual conventions for an academic paper.
Students who desire the MATESOL degree with a Thesis must include GSL 690 Thesis Research Seminar, and GSL 691 Thesis in their coursework.
A thesis is a work of original or literature-based research on a topic pertinent to the field of TESOL/Applied Linguistics and must be written under the direct supervision of an MATESOL faculty member. In addition to the thesis advisor, a committee of at least one additional member, selected by the student in consultation with the advisor, must approve the thesis. The additional committee member must be a MATESOL faculty member. Additional members may be nominated either from Saint Michael’s faculty or from other institutions.
Thesis-option students will be required to defend the results of their research before their committee.
A grade of “XT” (Extended for Thesis Work) is given at the end of the semester to a student enrolled in the thesis course when work will continue into the following semester, and the student will be charged one credit for each “XT” semester. The student may petition for continuance of the “XT” to the program director as necessary.