This pages includes degree requirements and information about the Master of Arts for Teachers (English as a Second Language) degree, including:
The requirements for the Master of Arts for Teachers (English as a Second Language) degree include at least 39 credits of coursework, and intermediate-level competence in a language other than English.
The MAT(ESOL) program is designed to provide each candidate with theoretical background in linguistics and second-language acquisition, opportunities to apply theory to second-language learning settings, and a background in the target language, e.g., in English grammar. A grade of 3.0 or above must be earned in each course applying toward the MAT(ESOL) degree. The required total of at least 39 credits must include the following:
- Five Core TESOL Courses
- Engl 571 (5) Theory and Practice of TESOL
- Engl 572 (5) Methods and Materials for Teaching ESOL
- Engl 574 (5) Research Methods in Second Language Acquisition
- Engl 576 (5) Testing and Evaluation in English as a Second Language
- Ling 461 (5) Syntax or Engl 575 (5) Pedagogical Grammar
- Competency in Linguistics, which may be satisfied by
- LING 200 (5) Introduction to Linguistic Thought or
- LING 400 (5) Survey of Linguistic Method and Theory or
- Equivalent (0-5)
- Two courses selected from the following:
- Engl 471 (5) Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing
- Engl 478 (5) Language and Social Policy
- Engl 479 (5) Lang. Variation and Social Policy in North America
- Engl 560 (5) Nature of Language
- Engl 562 (5) Discourse Analysis
- Engl 564 (5) Current Rhetorical Theory
- Engl 567 (5) Approaches to Teaching Composition
- Engl 568 (5) Topics in Composition Studies
- Engl 569 (5) Topics in Language and Rhetoric
- Engl 578 (5) TESOL Colloquium
- Ling 432 (5) or 532(5) Sociolinguistics I
- Ling 433/Anth 433 (5) Sociolinguistics II
- Ling 452 (5) Phonology II
- Ling 457/Psych 457 (5) Language Development
- Ling 462 (5) Syntax
- Ling 464/Anth 464 (3) Language Politics and Cultural Identity
- Ling 550 (5) Phonetics
- Ling 551 (5) Phonology I or Ling 451 (5) Phonology I
- EDC&I 453 (3) Teaching the Bilingual/Bicultural Student
- EDC&I 458 (3) Content Area ESL Instruction
- EDC&I 528 (4) Foundations of Language, Literacy and Culture
- EDC&I 537 (4) Classroom Discourse
- EDC&I 540 (3) Immigrant Schooling
- EDC&I 545 (3) Multilingual Socialization and Development
- EDC&I 547 (3) Sociolinguistics
- Elective. Any course 400-level or above in English, Anthropology, Education, or Linguistics, including those listed above, or in any language other than English not used to fulfill the language requirement may fulfill the elective requirement. An elective may also be approved from related courses in other fields.
- Engl 570 - Practicum in Teaching ESL (5-10)
The practicum involves a supervised teaching experience and seminar attendance. The instructional experience may be gained in a variety of settings. Students who are granted teaching assistantships should also elect the Practicum during their first quarter as a T.A. The normal requirement for ENGL 570 is two quarters, five credits for each quarter. Students with substantial TESOL teaching experience may petition for exemption from five credits of the practicum. When such petitions are approved, the total number of credits for the program is reduced.
Students must demonstrate intermediate-level competence in a language other than English. A student who has not fulfilled the language requirement at the time of admission should do so as early as possible. The requirement can be satisfied by:
- completing the second-year coursework (or its equivalent) of a language other than English with a grade of 3.0 or higher; the requirement may be met by a course taken no earlier than three years before entering Graduate School at the University of Washington; or
- by completing one year of coursework (or its equivalent) of a non-Indoeuropean language with a grade of 3.0 or higher; the requirement may be met by a course taken no earlier than three years before entering Graduate School at the University of Washington; or
- a passing score on a language exam administered by the University of Washington Educational Assessment Center; or
- approved professional verification of intermediate or native-speaker ability in another language.
MATESOL students may choose to complete a thesis as part of their program, under the guidance of a thesis supervisory committee. The committee shall consist of 2-4 English graduate faculty members. Students writing a thesis complete 10 credits of Engl 700, which can replace two of the elective courses.
The program is usually completed in five or six quarters. Completion within eight full-time quarters (or their part-time equivalent) is acceptable for satisfactory progress.
Students in the MAT(ESOL) program are advised by the MAT(ESOL) Adviser, with whom they should meet before registering for first-quarter courses. The Adviser will review degree requirements and assist in the choice of coursework. Throughout the student's program, the Adviser will continue to provide advice on matters of scholarship and professional preparation and in planning further coursework.
A student applying for the Master of Arts for Teachers (of English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree must submit that application to the Graduate School within the first two weeks of the quarter in which the degree is to be conferred and must be registered during that quarter.