Degree Requirements

M.A. Literacy and ESL

To qualify for graduation from the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Literacy and English as a Second Language program, students must:

  • Pass the Foundations of Reading Test
  • Pass Praxis II: English to Speakers of Other Languages (0361)
  • Complete master’s coursework with a 3.0 overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale with no individual grade below a "C".
  • Complete and present an action research project.
  • Pass key assessments in the area of planning, instruction, and assessment which are embedded into courses throughout the program.
  • Obtain faculty recommendation for graduation.
  • Complete all requirements for the master’s degree within seven consecutive academic years.

Course Requirements

  • ESL 503 Second Language Acquisition
  • ESL 533 Bilingualism in Home and School
  • RL 510 Language, Cognition & Literacy
  • RL 507 Emergent Literacy
  • RL 519 Word Recognition
  • ESL 509 Primary Level Practicum
  • RL 558 Reading and Writing with Children
  • RL 559 Comprehension
  • ESL 521 Assessment and Program
  • ESL 520 Sociocultural Linguistics
  • ESL 529 Secondary Level Practicum
  • ESL 546 Linguistics
  • ESL 566 Action Research