The MA program in second language education offers students the opportunity to study language use, teaching, learning, and policy. The ideal candidates for the program have at least three years of teaching experience and diverse backgrounds demonstrating commitment in furthering education and research in second language education.
Priority deadline: December 1
See detailed admissions, tuition and funding information on the MA and PhD admissions page.
MA candidates will focus broadly on second language education. Topics include:
Students pursue a course of study that is designed in collaboration with the faculty adviser to correspond to the interests and background of each student. The study plan will provide a solid understanding of research and best practice in the field. Independent scholarship is encouraged. Students will either write and defend a final thesis (Plan A) or a qualifying final paper (Plan B).
View the required courses in the graduate catalog under subplan “Second Language Education.”
Students can engage in research that advances the field of second language education and ties into their area of interest. Faculty work closely with you to achieve your research and educational goals and improve educational opportunities for students. Learn more about the student research experience in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
View faculty areas of research expertise.
Examples of past student theses include:
Graduates of the program have assumed positions as university faculty, instructional leaders in the public schools, curriculum development specialists, and assessment specialists. Recent graduates have found employment in the following positions:
I have nothing but praise for the faculty in this program. They have challenged me to dive deeper into my writing, and explore other avenues that could help me in my future research.
Aracely Thomas, 2023