May 31, 2020  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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MATESOL Degree Requirements

The MATESOL degree may be earned over three semesters based on fall entry, although many students require an additional semester or two depending on their program and semester of entry.  The degree may also be earned in part-time study or in three or more summer semesters.  A new online strand allows the program to be completed in two summers on campus, with the remaining coursework completed online. International students must apply at least ninety days prior to the first class meeting of the term in which they wish to enter. No more than fourteen credits may be taken during any given semester without written approval from the program director.

Students must file an admission to candidacy form after 9-10 credit hours have been completed.

Students must successfully complete thirty-six credits from the following:

Elective Courses (8 cr.)

Please note: only a limited number of electives is offered each semester.

Capstone Project

All students will complete a Capstone Paper except for those completing a thesis or the MATESOL Plus Licensure Program.

Capstone Paper
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.

Thesis Option

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.

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