A. Language Proficiency

Candidates in M.A. Language Pedagogy should possess proficiency in Spanish at the Advanced Level (or its equivalent) according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. (This is not to be confused with the standard or advanced foreign language requirement for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.*) M.A. Language Pedagogy students are strongly encouraged to select courses taught in the second language in order to meet the Area Courses and Elective requirements (see below).

B. Two Foundation Courses

  1. WLC 6410:  L2 Methodology (cross-listed with Ling 6810). To be taken during or prior to the first semester of study. Offered every Fall semester.
  2. WLC 6600: Introduction to Research and Bibliography. Offered every Fall semester.

C. Three Advanced Second Language Teaching Courses

  1. Linguistics 6812: Content-based Instruction. Prerequisite: Languages 6410. Usually offered Fall semester.
  2. Linguistics 6818: L2 Testing. 
Prerequisite: Languages 6410. Offered Fall semester.
  3. Linguistics 6816: Instructional Design & Curriculum Development. Offered in Spring semester, usually taken in 2nd year.

D. Four Area Courses in Languages and Literature

Courses on language, literature, and culture.

E. One Elective

Students select an advanced literature/culture or linguistics course in consultation with an M.A.L.P. advisor.

Completing Your Degree

Candidates in M.A. Language Pedagogy should possess proficiency in Spanish at the Advanced Level (or its equivalent) according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

In their last semester of study students must complete a comprehensive examination based on the MALP reading list. The exam covers three areas: (1) Language Teaching Methodologies; (2) Second Language Acquisition; (3) Elective area to be selected in consultation with the MALP advisor.

*Language Requirement

Students must prove "Standard Proficiency" (second-semester language course 1020) in two languages other than English and Spanish, or "Advanced Proficiency" (forth-semester language course 2020) in one language other than English and Spanish. Completion of the MA Language Proficiency requirement will satisfy part of this language requirement.


For more information about the program and courses offered please visit the General Catalog.

Last Updated: 4/26/17