Language & Learning, M.A.

 Requirements


Completion of a baccalaureate degree in an area of arts, science, or education.

Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.

Two current (within six months) letters of recommendation

Language Proficiency Requirements for Native Speakers of English:

A statement of your background and goals in addition to a resume (maximum 3 pages)

A graduate-level 800-1,200 word short essay in English which addresses the following question: "Describe your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in Language and Learning and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired degree."

12 post-secondary credit hours in a Language Other than English (LOTE), or an approved equivalency, in a single language.

A satisfactory intermediate-level 800-1,200 word short essay in a language other than English (LOTE). Candidates may be accepted conditionally into the program without the LOTE essay. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon the satisfactory evaluation of this essay.

Language Proficiency Requirements for Non-native Speakers of English:

A statement of your background and goals in addition to a resume.

A graduate-level 800-1,200 word short essay in English which the following question: "Describe your reasons for pursuing this graduate degree and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired specialization."

A graduate-level 800-1,200 word short essay in the candidate's native language.  This can be any academic paper (e.g., a paper from a college course).

TOEFL: 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet) or IELTS (with no subsection below 6.0): 6.5 (International students who have been awarded a prior degree from the U.S., U.K./Ireland, Australia, Anglophone Canada, New Zealand, Anglophone Africa, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to applying to Fredonia are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS.)

Official copies of all previous degrees/diplomas and transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation of each. Proof of an official certification of the award of any and all degrees must be provided. Include documentation describing in which language the courses were taught. The latter can be included in a separate document as a chart or statement.

International applicants must also have transcripts translated and evaluated by WES (www.wes.org) or a similar agency against the American 4.0 standard.

Contacts


Dr. Karen Lillie
Program Coordinator
Karen.Lillie@fredonia.edu

Department of Language, Learning & Leadership Website

Apply now for the Master of Arts in Language and Learning degree program, designed for those interested in language specialization. Current specialties focus on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Bilingualism/Multilingualism, and Heritage Languages. This program does not lead to New York State certification to teach in public schools (our MSED TESOL K-12 program leads to certification to teach in New York public schools). The MA in Language and Learning comprises 30 credit hours.

The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) track is for you if you are interested in teaching English as a second or foreign language (i.e., internationally) or you want to teach English to adults or children in a non-school setting. It is also a platform for those interested in going on for a Ph.D. in a related field.

Are you a teacher or school leader who is interested in learning more about bilingual/multilingual education or policy? Are you considering a Ph.D. program in language studies? The Bilingualism/Multilingualism track focuses on these issues and preparation without the need to complete public school certification coursework.

The term heritage language is a complex one, with a definition which encompasses the teaching, learning, maintaining and revitalization of languages for people and communities who do not yet speak the language and desire to do so.  These are often the languages at risk of being lost for future generations or are less commonly taught in schools.  If you are interested in revitalizing or maintaining a heritage language or you'd like to work with people or communities in learning and teaching their heritage language, choose the Heritage Languages track


Core Courses - 18 credit hours (required for all tracks)

EDU 570 Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction (This course must be completed within the first academic year of graduate study.)
EDU 518 Second Language Acquisition & Development
EDU 564 Linguistic Considerations for ELL Students
EDU 565 Language and Learning: Psycho- & Sociolinguistic Considerations for ESL Educators (Heritage Languages core course)
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EDU 568 Foundations of Bilingual Education (TESOL and Bilingualism/Multilingualism core course)
EDU 660 Conducting Educational Research
EDU 690 Master's Thesis/Project
 

Specialization Courses - 12 credit hours (required for all tracks)

Students will choose from courses from a variety of offerings, as deemed appropriate for the chosen specialization area.    These graduate courses are including but not limited to the TESOL Program’s course offerings, but may come from other graduate courses in departments across campus.  In order to satisfy this component, the four electives must be approved by the TESOL Program Coordinator.  Should the student desire to take a graduate course housed in another department on campus, approval must also be given by that department Chair.


Example Course Electives for the Specialization Areas:
 

TESOL Specialization Courses - 12 credit hours

EDU 592 Special Topics: Language, Learning, and Leadership
EDU 517 Types of English Language Learners
EDU 519 Curriculum Theory for the Second Language Classroom - ESL I
EDU 540 Content Area English as a Second Language
Additional elective(s) as approved

Bilingualism/Multilingualism Specialization Courses - 12 credit hours

EDU 592 Special Topics: Language, Learning, and Leadership
EDU 517 Types of English Language Learners
EDU 565 Language and Learning: Psycho- & Sociolinguistic Considerations for ESL Educators
EDU 555 Methods of Bilingual Education
One course in Study Abroad in L2 context (by advisement)
Additional elective(s) as approved

Heritage Languages Specialization Courses - 12 credit hours

EDU 592 Special Topics: Language, Learning, and Leadership
EDU 519 Curriculum Theory for the Second Language Classroom - ESL I
EDU 568 Foundations of Bilingual Education
Additional elective(s) as approved

Graduate Studies Office

E230A Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3808
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