Graduate Catalog


Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Bilingual Education

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts: Diederich

Chair, Language and Culture Programs: Kawamura

Professor: Reed

Associate Professors: Fennema-Bloom, Kawamura, Laverick

The University of Findlay has established a curriculum that requires 36 semester hours of credit for attainment of the Master of Arts in TESOL and Bilingual Education.

Certified teachers can obtain a K-12 TESOL endorsement by taking 21 hours of course work with this master’s program. The TESOL program is NCATE-approved.

Mission and Goals of the Program

 

The mission of the College of Liberal Arts is to prepare students for lives of critical thinking, global awareness and service.

The graduate TESOL/Bilingual Education Program embraces the College’s mission by preparing professionals for careers in service and education to speakers of languages other than English; in doing so the program has developed four program goals for the development of master and endorsement candidates within the program.

  1. Pedagogic/Practitioner Knowledge:  To prepare teachers and specialists on sound pedagogic practices that will qualify for validation in the following programs: bilingual education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and second language acquisition programs.
  2. Curricular/Assessment Knowledge:  To prepare curriculum developers, assessment specialists and program designers to critically analyze, evaluate and implement programs designed for language learners and for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

  3. Linguistic/Cultural Knowledge:  To equip candidates with current research and knowledge regarding language as a system and the acquisition and development of language users; to build an understanding and appreciation for the nature of language and culture; and to build an understanding of the relationship of language and culture to learning and literacy.

  4. Professional/Scholastic Advancement:  To equip candidates with the historical and professional knowledge that will enable them to be leaders and advocates for linguistically diverse populations; and to prepare scholars for advanced degrees; and active membership in regional, national and international TESOL/bilingual organizations.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, candidates must:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 in at least nine hours of graduate work. This includes classes from all institutions attended.
  2. Complete a goal statement.
  3. Supply three letters of recommendation.
  4. Supply a copy of teaching certificate(s) or license(s) if applying for endorsement options.
  5. Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with the possible exception of first-professional doctorate-degree holders, specifically when no baccalaureate degree was offered (e.g., PharmD, etc.).
  6. Submit an application form.
  7. Submit official transcripts, which can be in the form of attested credentials from a University-recognized document verification agency, of all college-level work.

Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:

  1. A verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 79 with 20 or better in speaking and 20 or better in writing or a verified international English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0. Students not supplying a TOEFL or IELTS score are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program and, if necessary, complete coursework in English.
  2. Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in TESOL and Bilingual Education requires 36 semester hours of course work. Twenty-four credits are required courses.

Students are required to take:

BLMC 500Methods and Materials for the K-12 English Language Learner

3

BLMC 501Methods/Materials for the Adult ESL Learner

3

BLMC 510Linguistics for Teachers

3

BLMC 520Human Development and Language Acquisition

3

BLMC 535Assessment Practices for English Language Learners

3

BLMC 545English Grammar for the ESL/Bilingual Classroom

3

BLMC 593Research Methods in Linguistics

3

BLMC 599ESL Teaching Practicum

3

or

BLMC 600Thesis Advisement: Culminating Course for the TESOL Master's Program

1 to 3

BLMC 600: 3 hours

In addition, students are required to take four elective courses for a total of 12 hours. No more than one course with a grade of “C+,” “C” or “C-” can be used to meet graduation requirements.

Endorsement in TESOL consists of 21 semester hours. Students are required to take:

BLMC 500Methods and Materials for the K-12 English Language Learner

3

BLMC 502Curriculum Design and Practices for ESL Content Teaching

3

BLMC 510Linguistics for Teachers

3

BLMC 515Foundations of ELL/Bilingual Education: Theory, Politics and Practices in Schools

3

BLMC 520Human Development and Language Acquisition

3

BLMC 535Assessment Practices for English Language Learners

3

BLMC 599ESL Teaching Practicum

3

Students must have already obtained or be in the process of obtaining a valid teaching license within the State of Ohio or a state of reciprocity with Ohio in order to qualify for this program option. For endorsement in TESOL, an Ohio Department of Education approved competency exam in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is required.