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Example Course Schedules

Below are examples* of degree completion timelines and course schedules for the M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies. These examples represent the traditional Residential model (students living in Wheaton/Chicagoland attending in-person classes) if completed in 1 year*, and the TESOL Flex model (blend of residential and online formats where students typically take courses on campus in the summer) in 2 and 3 year models. For TESOL Flex, full-time or part-time examples are outlined. Fully online/remote only models are also options.

*Course models below only serve to illustrate a few examples of how a student may move through the degree program, and are not meant to be reflective of a universal standard

**The Residential program may also be completed in 2 years (or more, depending on situation), and students in this program format may select from face-to-face or online sections for some courses to accommodate schedules and program length goals. 

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MA in TESOL and Intercultural Studies

 Residential TESOL MA Program Schedule

 THREE-SEMESTER FULL-TIME RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

(12 credits per semester/36 credits total)*

*By taking a total of 12 hours of courses in the summers, it is possible to complete the program in one 12-month calendar year.

Course Duration  Course Number & Title (Credits)
   
  Fall, Year 1
Semester LING 611: Theoretical Foundations of TESOL Methodology (4)
Semester LING 561-OL (online): Intercultural Communication (4)
A Quad LING 615: Teaching Reading and Composition ESL/EFL (2)
B Quad  LING 619 Teaching Speaking and Listening (2)
   
  Spring, Year 1
Semester LING 573: Qualitative Research for Second Language Educators (2)
Semester LING 616-OL (online): English Phonology (2)
Semester LING 613: Practicum in TESOL (2), plus field placement (also available in summer)
A Quad LING 614: Curriculum and Materials Development (2)
B Quad  LING 617: Principles of Assessment TESOL (2)
B Quad  LING 531: Theological Perspectives on Language and International Education (2) 
   
  Fall, Year 2
Semester LING 612: Descriptive English Grammar (4)
Semester BITH 565: Christian Theology (4)
  LING 692: Comprehensive Exam (0)
Electives* LING 695, 696, 643, and other possible courses (4) (also available in summer)

 

TESOL Flex

Wheaton’s Low-Residence MA in TESOL and Intercultural Studies 

RECOMMENDED SCHEDULES FOR TESOL FLEX TWO-YEAR PROGRAM

(18 credits per year/36 credits total)

Part-Time Enrollment Example 

Course Duration  Course Number & Title (Credits)
   
  Fall, Year 1 Online
Semester LING 611-OL (online): Theoretical Foundations of TESOL Methodology (4)
 Semester LING 561-OL (online): Intercultural Communication (4)
   
  Spring, Year 1 Online
A Quad LING 614-OL (online): Curriculum and Materials Development (2)
B Quad

LING 617-OL (online): Principles of Assessment TESOL (2)

   
  2-4 elective hours. Electives can include a variety of courses, including independent studies (LING 695), internships (LING 696), linguistics courses (LING 602, 608), courses focused on specific areas of TESOL (LING 643), and some courses in other departments. (Decisions regarding electives should be worked out with your advisor.)
   
Semester LING 695: Independent study (2 or 4) and/or LING 643-OL (see below)
B Quad LING 643-OL (online): ELL Methods for Specialists, K-12 (2)
 
Summer, Year 1 On Campus/Online
Summer BITH 565: Christian Theology (4) on campus alternating years (also offered online in fall/spring)
Summer LING 602-OL/608-OL (online): Second Language Acquisition (2 or 4)
   
  Fall, Year 2 Online
Semester LING 612-OL (online): Descriptive English Grammar (4)
A Quad LING 615-OL (online): Teaching Reading and Composition ESL/EFL (2)
B Quad LING 619-OL (online): Teaching Speaking and Listening (2)
   
  Spring, Year 2 Online
Semester LING 573-OL (online): Qualitative Research for Second Language Educators (2)
Semester LING 616-OL (online): English Phonology (2)
   
  Summer, Year 2 On Campus/Online
Summer LING 613: Practicum in TESOL (2), plus field placement
Summer LING 531 Theological Perspectives on Language and International Education (2)
Summer LING 692 Comprehensive Exam (0) - online

 

TESOL Flex

Wheaton’s Low-Residence MA in TESOL and Intercultural Studies 

RECOMMENDED SCHEDULES FOR TESOL FLEX THREE-YEAR PROGRAM

(12 credits per year/36 credits total)

Part-Time Enrollment Example 

Course Duration  Course Number & Title (Credits)
   
  Fall, Year 1 Online
Semester LING 611-OL (online): Theoretical Foundations of TESOL Methodology (4)
   
  Spring, Year 1 Online
A Quad  LING 614-OL (online): Curriculum and Materials Development (2)
B Quad LING 617-OL (online): Principles of Assessment TESOL (2)
 
Summer, Year 1 On Campus/Online
Summer BITH 565: Christian Theology (4) on campus alternating years (also offered online in fall/spring)
Summer LING 602-OL/608-OL (online): Second Language Acquisition (2 or 4)
Summer Add 2-4 elective hours, if desired (elective courses offered TBD each summer)
   
  Fall, Year 2 Online
Semester LING 561-OL (online): Intercultural Communication (4)
A Quad LING 615-OL (online): Teaching Reading and Composition ESL/EFL (2)
   
  Spring, Year 2 Online
Semester LING 573-OL (online): Qualitative Research for Second Language Educators (2)
Semester LING 616-OL (online): English Phonology (2)
   
  Summer, Year 2 On Campus/Online
Summer LING 531 Theological Perspectives on Language and International Education (2)
   
  Fall, Year 3 Online
Semester LING 612-OL (online) Descriptive English Grammar (4)
B Quad LING 619-OL (online): Teaching Speaking and Listening (2)
   
  Spring, Year 3 Online
  2-4 Elective hours, if desired (If electives are completed by Spring 3, it may be possible to take LING 613 Practicum and LING 692 Comprehensive Exam this term and graduate in May.)
Semester LING 695: Independent study (2 or 4) and/or LING 643-OL (see below)
B Quad LING 643-OL (online): ELL Methods for Specialists, K-12 (2)
   
  Summer, Year 3 On Campus/Online
Summer LING 613: Practicum in TESOL (2), plus field placement
Summer LING 692 Comprehensive Exam (0) - online


If you have questions, please contact the department at tesol@wheaton.edu.

*For full elective course options across the department and the college, students will consult with their advisor and select from the college course schedule for the appropriate semester