Program Requirements

Program requirements   (33 - 36 hours)

In consultation with the program director and faculty advisors, all degree candidates complete the 15-hour Second Language Acquisition core and one of the three 15-hour language tracks, for a total of 30 hours of coursework.  The course associated with the research requirement brings the total hours for the program to 33.  Students writing just 1 degree paper complete an additional 3 hours of advisor-approved coursework (for a total of 36 hours).

Second Language Acquisition Core

All candidates must complete the following 18-hour core:

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours

ENG 691 OR

MCL 691

Linguistics Theory OR

Principles of Linguistics

3 hrs

ENG 695 OR

MCL 695

Principles of Second Language Acquisition OR

Principles of Second Language Acquisition

3 hrs

ENG 700  OR

MCL 710*

Introduction to Research Methods in English  OR

Research Methods in Second Language Acquisition

3 hrs

ENG 605  OR

MCL 700*

Methods in TESOL    OR

Advanced Teaching Methods and Technology

3 hrs

ENG 696  OR

MCL 706*

Materials and Assessment in TESOL   OR

Materials and Assessments in Foreign Language Teaching

3 hrs

ENG 793 OR

MCL 798

Seminar:  Linguistics OR

Degree Papers

3 hrs

*Candidates pursuing the TESOL track are encouraged to enroll in the ENG-coded classes, whereas those pursuing tracks in French or Spanish should enroll in the MCL-coded classes.  However, with advisor approval, candidates may take either ENG- or MCL-coded classes in the core regardless of the track.  Students seeking the Missouri K-12 ELL endorsement must enroll in the ENG-coded core courses.  MCL-coded courses will not count toward ELL certification.

Language Track 

All candidates must complete one of the following 15-hours language tracks: 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
  Complete the following 6 hours:  
ENG 688 Sociolinguistics for Language Teaching 3 hrs
ENG 690 Grammatical Analysis 3 hrs
     
  Complete 9 hours in electives from the following:  
ENG 793 Seminar:  Linguistics (may be repeated up to 9 hours with different topics. 3 hrs
ENG 792   Linguistics in Rhetoric and Composition 3 hrs
ENG 689  Studies in Linguistics 3 hrs
700-level ENG course Any advisor-approved 700-level English course in literature, composition, or rhetoric 3 hrs

 French

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
  Complete the following 9 hours:  
MCL 724 Seminar in Linguistics for Foreign Languages 3 hrs
FRN 690 Advanced French Grammar 3 hrs
FRN 725 Seminar in Francophone Literature and Culture 3 hrs
     
  Complete 6 hours in electives from the following:  
ENG 688 Sociolinguistics for Language Teaching 3 hrs
FRN 624 Advanced Topics in Francophone Linguistics 3 hrs
FRN 735 Advanced French Proficiency 3 hrs
MCL 688 Sociolinguistics for Language Teachers  3 hrs
MCL 650 Advanced Study Abroad 3-6 hrs
MCL 697 Topics for Teachers of Foreign Languages 1-6 hrs
MCL 701 Applied Foreign Language Practicum 1-3 hrs
RDG 660 Diversity Issues in Literacy and Content Area Instruction 2 hrs
700-level FRN or MCL course Any advisor-approved 700-level FRN or MCL course 3 hrs

Spanish

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
  Complete the following 9 hours:  
MCL 724 Seminar in Linguistics for Foreign Languages 3 hrs
SPN 690 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3 hrs
SPN 725 Seminar in Hispanic Literature and Culture 3 hrs
     
  Complete 6 hours in electives from the following:  
ENG 688 Sociolinguistics for Language Teaching 3 hrs
MCL 688 Sociolinguistics for Language Teacher  3 hrs 
MCL 650 Advanced Study Abroad 3-6 hrs
MCL 697 Topics for Teachers of Foreign Languages 1-6 hrs
MCL 701 Applied Foreign Language Practicum 1-3 hrs
SPN 610 Advanced Translation 3 hrs 
SPN 624 Advanced Topics in Hispanic Linguistics 3 hrs
SPN 735 Advanced Spanish Proficiency 3 hrs
700-level SPN or MCL course Any advisor-approved 700-level SPN or MCL course 3 hrs
Research Requirement

Candidates have the option of completing a thesis, 2 degree papers, or 1 degree paper and an additional 3 hours of advisor-approved electives.  In order to work with a faculty advisor to complete a thesis or degree paper(s), candidates must enroll in a thesis or degree paper supervision course.  Further details regarding the procedures for proposing and writing degree papers are available in the MASLA Student Handbook.

Examination Requirement/Comprehensive Examination

All candidates will take two written examinations, one focused on issues related to second language acquisition theory and practices and another relating to their chosen language track.  Further details regarding the content and format of the comprehensive are available in the MASLA Student Handbook.

Language Proficiency Requirement

TESOL Track Candidates.  TESOL track candidates must provide evidence of intermediate-level proficiency in a language other than English.  The language proficiency requirement may be met through one of the following options:  (a) completion of 12 hours of undergraduate coursework in a foreign language with at least a C average; (b) completion of the second intermediate foreign language college course with a grade of C or higher; or (c) passing a reading competency test equivalent to the level of the second intermediate foreign language college course administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.  A TESOL track candidate whose native language is not English will be considered to have met the language requirement.

French and Spanish Track Candidates.  As noted in the Admission Requirements section above, French and Spanish track candidates must demonstrate speaking and writing proficiency consistent with the Advanced level on the ACTFL scale.  If such proficiency is not clearly evidenced, additional proficiency assessments may be administered at the discretion of program faculty.