The PMA requires 30 credits hours of coursework. This includes 4 Linguistics core courses, 4 TESOL core courses, one TESOL practicum, and an elective. A second practicum may be taken as the elective.
A student who has completed equivalents to these courses as an undergraduate must earn an equal number of credits in other LING courses. PMA TESOL students who elect to write a thesis take 27 credits in the required courses listed above and 4 to 6 MA thesis hours.
Most students who enter the M.A. program with the Professional Emphasis in TESOL do not elect to write a thesis. Writing a thesis may be appropriate for some students, for example, graduates who plan to seek a university position in a university in Europe, Latin America or elsewhere abroad, where a thesis may be a requirement or preferred qualification for university teaching. Also, writing a thesis may make sense for students who wish to pursue further a strong research interest/project from their first year in the program. Consult this guide for detailed information about MA thesis procedures.
|First Fall Semester||First Spring Semester|
|LING 5030 - Phonetics
LING 5420 - Morphology and Syntax
|LING 5410 - Phonology
LING 5430 - Semantics and Pragmatics
LING 5610 - English Structure for TESOL
|Second Fall Semester||Second Spring Semester|
|LING 5620 - Teaching Pronunciation
LING 5630 - Methods/Materials TEAL
LING 6300 - L2 Acquisition
COMPS (written exam)
|LING 5910 - TESOL Practicum with
Remaining thesis hours (to total 4 to 6)
COMPS (written exam, if not already
The following is a list of titles of theses written by PMA students (listed in alphabetical order by author):