Language and Learning, Master of Arts

Office: E262 Thompson Hall
(716) 673-3702
Kate Mahoney, Chairperson
Karen Lillie, Program Coordinator
Email: LLL@fredonia.edu
Website: http://home.fredonia.edu/coe/lll

The Master of Arts in Language and Learning does not lead to recommendation for teacher certification in New York State. There are five specialization areas from which a student may choose; the selected area will be indicated on the student's transcript when degree is awarded:

  • TESOL/TEFL
  • Language Policy (not yet open for admissions)
  • Bilingualism/Multilingualism
  • Heritage Languages (not yet open for admissions)
  • Sociolinguistics (not yet open for admissions)

Requirements for Admission to Fredonia's Language and Learning, MA:

NOTE: We are actively recruiting only for the TESOL, Bilingualism/Multilingualism, and
          Heritage Languages specialization track as of July 16, 2015; however, the
          admission requirements are the same for all five specialization areas.

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in an area of arts, science, or education.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Evidence of having taken the GRE with a minimum score of 272 for the combined areas of Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning as well as submission of a GRE Analytical Writing Score.
    • Candidates may be accepted conditionally into the program without the GRE scores.
    • International students are allowed one year from the time they arrive in the United States to fulfill this requirement.
  • Completed Graduate Application submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies including:

    • Three (3) names with current contact information of professional associates who will speak on the candidate's behalf. These names are in lieu of submitting written recommendation letters. The TESOL Program Coordinator has the option of contacting these professional people for a reference.
    • Official academic transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions (except Fredonia).

Language Proficiency Requirements

  • for Native Speakers of English:
    • A graduate-level 800-1,200 word essay in English which addresses the topic: “Describe your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in Language and Learning and support your rationale with specific information pertinent to your desired degree.”
    • Twelve (12) post-secondary credit hours in a Language Other than English (LOTE), or an approved equivalency, in a single language.  Candidates may be accepted conditionally into the program without the LOTE credits fulfilled, but matriculation from the program is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of this requirement.
  • for Non-Native Speakers of English:
    • A graduate level 800-1,200 word essay in the candidate's native language.  This can be any completed academic paper (e.g., a paper from a college course).

Program Requirements (30 credit hours)

Research Methods Sequence (9 credit hours):

EDU 570Using Educational Research to Improve Instruction

3

EDU 660Conducting Educational Research

3

EDU 690Master's Thesis/Project

3-6

Total Credit Hours:9
NOTE:
  • EDU 690 is a variable 3-6 credit hour course. Students must complete the course for 3 credit hours to satisfy the degree requirements.

Core Courses required for Specializations (9 credit hours):

EDU 518Second Language Acquisition and Development

3

 

EDU 565Language and Learning: Psycho- and Sociolinguistic Considerations for Educators of ELL Students

3

or

EDU 568Foundations of Bilingual Education

3

 

EDU 564Linguistics for ESL Educators

3

Total Credit Hours:9

NOTE:

  • EDU 518 is an on campus course with an online component.
  • EDU 565 is the core course taken for the Heritage Language and the Sociolinguistic Specializations
  • EDU 568 is the core course taken for the TESOL/TFL, Language Policy, and Bilingualism/Multilingualism Specializations

Electives for Specializations (12 credit hours)

TESOL / TEFL:

EDU 592Special Topics: Language, Learning, and Leadership

3

EDU 519Curriculum Theory for the Second Language Classroom - ESL I

3

EDU 540Content Area English as a Second Language

3

Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Language Policy:

EDU 592Special Topics: Language, Learning, and Leadership

3

EDU 565Language and Learning: Psycho- and Sociolinguistic Considerations for Educators of ELL Students

3

Electives

6

Total Credit Hours:12

Bilingualism / Multilingualism:

EDU 592Special Topics: Language, Learning, and Leadership

3

EDU 565Language and Learning: Psycho- and Sociolinguistic Considerations for Educators of ELL Students

3

EDU 555Methods of Bilingual Education

3

One course in Study Abroad in L2 context (by advisement)

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Sociolinguistics:

EDU 592Special Topics: Language, Learning, and Leadership

3

EDU 568Foundations of Bilingual Education

3

Electives

6

Total Credit Hours:12

Heritage Languages:

EDU 592Special Topics: Language, Learning, and Leadership

3

EDU 519Curriculum Theory for the Second Language Classroom - ESL I

3

EDU 568Foundations of Bilingual Education

3

Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:12


Courses Existing in Other Departments Which May Be Considered as Electives for Specializations

Using these courses to satisfy a specialization elective depends on the specialization and requires approval from both the Chair of the department housing the course and the TESOL Program Coordinator.

English:
ENED 554Teaching Writing in the Secondary School

3

ENED 665Studies in English Education

3

ENGL 520Graduate Seminar in Literature and Culture

3

Psychology:
PSY 510Contemporary Issues in Psychology

3

INED: Study abroad courses

Open SUNY:

ADE 584: Literacy Skills and the Adult Learner (Buffalo State)

ADE 688: Leadership in Organization (Buffalo State)

EDI 647:  Teaching Adolescence Reading, Writing, and Literature (The College at Brockport)

Others as approved.

Education - C&I or LLL:
EDU 508Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Settings

3

EDU 529Proactive Approaches to Classroom Management in Inclusive Settings

3

EDU 503Evaluation in the Schools

3

EDU 505The Process of Writing: K-12

3

EDU 506Introduction to Literacy Instruction

3

EDU 539Current Issues and Problems in Education

3

EDU 552Introduction to Literacy Assessment

3

EDU 556Teaching Language Arts in Spanish

3

EDU 614Principles of School Administration and Leadership

3

EDU 620Public School Finance

3

EDU 624Contemporary Problems in School Leadership

3

EDU 579Foundations of Literacy

3

NOTE:

  • For the Bilingualism / Multilingualism and Heritage Languages specializations, any of the required courses for the bilingual extension (CAS-BLE) may serve as an elective.
  • EDU 581 is cross-listed with PSY 570.