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Master of Arts / Master of Science

Master of Science in TESOL and Master of Arts in Communication (Dual Degree)

Program of Study

Common Core Courses

  • Interpersonal Interaction
  • Culture and Communication
  • Pragmatics
  • Additional course as advised


Courses in Communication

  • Communication Theory and Practice
  • Communication Research Methods
  • Advanced Electives in Interpersonal Interaction/Cultural Practices as advised
  • Capstone: Internship Practicum or Guided Research Project


Courses in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Language Courses

  • Approaches to English Grammar
  • Second Language Learning
  • Perspectives in Bilingual Education


Teaching Methods Courses

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Directed Field Experience in Education (clinic classes)

Linguistics Course (choose one)

  • Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers
  • Introduction to Phonetics & Phonology
  • Linguistic Structures
  • Introduction to Language in Education


Technology Course (choose one)

  • Using Media in the Language Classroom
  • Language, Literacy and Technology


Research Course (choose one)

  • Research Seminar: Critical Introduction to Educational Research Paradigms
  • Research Seminar: Research in Practice or
  • Master's Thesis in Educational Theory and Practice

 

See graduate bulletin for details.

For more information contact Istvan Kecskes at ikecskes@albany.edu.

Content

Two Degrees, Double Benefits

Because communication science and English language teaching are complementary areas of study, TESOL recruiters value candidates who intentionally complete this integrated program and earn graduate degrees in both fields.

In addition to the theoretical knowledge you gain in these programs, you also acquire practical experience that fully prepares you to succeed at instructing English learners in a variety of language learning environments.

This combined MS/MA provides you with a rich educational experience with full access to resources, professors, and opportunities across two departments in two different schools of the University (the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences).

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Admissions Requirements

Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: Not Available
Spring: Not Available
Summer: Not Available
 

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: July 15
Spring: December 1
Summer: April 15

Required Application Materials

Official Transcripts

All Schools Attended


Three Letters of Recommendation
At least two letters of academic recommendation from Professors


Supplemental Documents

Statement of Goals
The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals. 

Writing Sample

1 introductory course in linguistics and 12 credits in world language/culture.

Special Notes

THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT LEAD TO A NY STATE INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATE IN TESOL. The TOEFL requirement for international applicants to the TESOL masters program is waived if the student has successfully completed 3 years of study in a degree program at a college or university in the U.S. and maintained a B or better average.  Non-native speakers must have a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based, 100 on the internet-based, or 250 on the computerized-based TOEFL exam. An IELTS exam score of 7.0 is also acceptable in lieu of the TOEFL exam.

This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program. 

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529