Master of Arts in the Teaching of English as a Second Language

The MATESL program offers two separate curricula or tracks. One track is designed for candidates whose principal interests are in language pedagogy and related research. The other track encourages candidates to concentrate more heavily on applied research in various aspects of English studies. A detailed description of the two tracks is available at www.linguistics.illinois.edu/students/grad/matesl/documents/2009-curriculum_and_cohort_system.pdf. Usually candidates can meet all degree requirements in two years.

Thesis Option

Thesis option is required for students in the research track, optional for students in the pedagogical track.
Track Coursework: Students must select between the pedagogical track and the research track, and complete course requirements specified for the selected track40
Language Requirement: Students who have not completed the equivalent of at least two years of study in a language other than their native language as an undergraduate must do so in order to complete the MATESL degree. These courses do not count toward the 40-hour total
EIL 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree )4-8
Total Hours40

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Courses that satisfy curriculum prerequisites may be taken, but do not count toward graduation requirements.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate programs and the Graduate College Handbook 

Non-Thesis Option

Non-thesis option is available only to students in the pedagogical track.
Track Coursework: Students must complete course requirements specified for the pedagogical track40
Language Requirement: Students who have not completed the equivalent of at least two years of study in a language other than their native language as an undergraduate must do so in order to complete the MATESL degree. These courses do not count toward the 40-hour total
Total Hours40

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Courses that satisfy curriculum prerequisites may be taken, but do not count toward graduation requirements.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Comprehensive Examination is required for the non-thesis option.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate programs and the Graduate College Handbook