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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.


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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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