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. The OnCampus + OnLine option allows the program to be completed in two summers on campus, with the remaining coursework completed online. International students must apply at least 90 days prior to the first class meeting of the term in which they wish to enter. No more than 12 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 credit hours have been completed.
Students must successfully complete 36 credits from the following:
All MATESOL students will complete a Capstone Paper except for those completing a thesis or the MATESOL+ Pre-K-12 ELL Teacher 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 MATESOL faculty members. In addition to the thesis advisor, a second reader selected by the student in consultation with the advisor, must approve the thesis and will act as an academic resource as well as a thesis committee member.
Thesis-option students will be required to defend the results of their research before their committee and an optionally public audience.
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, up to a maximum of four extensions.