The MA in Teaching International Languages promotes the study of languages and cultures as an integral part of a world class education in a global society. Course work focuses on linguistic, cultural, and pedagogical knowledge and its applications in teaching foreign languages and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). The program prepares professionals for a broad spectrum of cultural contexts and instructional settings in the United States and abroad.
This degree is offered by the School of Education as a 36-unit interdisciplinary program for graduate students interested in the effective teaching and learning of international languages. By integrating course work from Education, English, and International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with offerings from international studies and other related areas, this interdisciplinary degree encompasses studies in linguistics, composition, literature, language, culture, and foreign/second language education. The program promotes the development of knowledgeable, reflective, inquiry-oriented professionals prepared to teach foreign languages (including English as a foreign language), and English as a second language to adolescent and adult learners so that students from all nations can fully participate in the multilingual, interdependent communities of the twenty-first century. Required courses and electives provide the theoretical and practical foundations essential for foreign language teachers, foreign/second language college and university instructors, and other professionals teaching world languages. It is also ideal for educators interested in National Board Certification specific to English as a New Language and World Languages.