Department of English Language and Literatures

Combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Concentration

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4+1 Track

The Department of English Language and Literature offers a combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program in the TESOL undergraduate concentration that allows you to earn both B.A. and M.A. degrees in five years. Up to 12 semester credit hours of the 6000 level semester courses may be applied toward both the TESOL B.A. and M.A. degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted for the combined B.A./M.A. program, you must have:

  • Documentation validating your standing in the TESOL concentration in English at Wright State if you are enrolled in the Department of English's TESOL undergraduate concentration at Wright State
  • Senior status for the semester you begin the combined B.A./M.A. in TESOL
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Transitional status through the Graduate School
  • The permission of the Department of English Language and Literatures to take graduate courses in the department
  • An approved program of study for the combined courses

Program of Study

First Year with Transitional Graduate Status

Fall Semester

  • ENG 4710 Linguistics (co-requisite)
  • ENG 6730 TESOL Theory and Culture (Summer ENG 6700 TEFL Theory and Culture is also an option)
  • ENG 6740 TESOL Practice and Materials (Summer ENG 6790 TEFL Practice and Materials is also an option)

Spring Semester  

  • ENG 6750 TESOL Grammar 
  • ENG 6760 TESOL Assessment
  • ENG 7510 TESOL Listening & Speaking or ENG 7520 TESOL Reading & Writing (whichever is scheduled for that semester)

Second Year with Regular Graduate Degree Status

Fall Semester  

  • ENG 7030 Research Methods TESOL
  • Two 7000 level seminars

Spring Semester

  • ENG 7130 Discourse Analysis
  • ENG 7510 TESOL Listening & Speaking or ENG 7520 TESOL Reading &  Writing (whichever is scheduled for that semester)
  • One 7000 level seminars
  • ENG 6940 TESOL Internship (can be taken in the summer term)
  • Satisfactory completion of the TESOL Exit portfolio and revised seminar paper

Program Withdrawal

If you are admitted to the combined B.A./M.A. program, you may withdraw from the program and continue with the traditional undergraduate B.A. degree at Wright State or in your home institution. Credits earned in graduate courses will be applied to undergraduate degree requirements. If you withdraw, you also will have the option of applying for a TESOL certificate after meeting with your TESOL advisor.


3+1+1 Track for International Students

The Department of English Language and Literature offers a combined undergraduate and graduate degree program in the TESOL concentration for international students that allows them to apply Wright State credit toward an undergraduate degree at their home institutions and a Master of Arts degree at Wright State. The program is open to undergraduate students coming from specially designated international institutions. Up to 12 semester credit hours of the 6000 level semester courses may be applied toward both an undergraduate degree in language studies at students’ home institutions and an M.A. degree in TESOL at Wright State.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission to the M.A. TESOL Program

  • Apply for Graduate Transitional Status
  • Senior Status at home institution
  • Home institution GPA: 3.2
  • TOEFL: 100, IELTS: 7.5, PEARSON PTE: 68, or satisfactory completion of LEAP level 4 TOEFL substitution
  • Writing Placement Diagnostic
  • OPT (Oral Proficiency Test). The OPT will be administered via Skype and recorded. There will be two reviewers of an applicant’s OPT. 

Conditional admission to the M.A. TESOL Program

  • Apply for Graduate Transitional Status
  • Senior Status at home institution
  • An overall GPA of 2.7 or better in undergraduate course work at home institution
  • TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5, PTE-A 53, or be enrolled in the LEAP Program for the TOEFL substitution.
  • Writing Placement Diagnostic
  • OPT (Oral Proficiency Test). The OPT will be administered via Skype and recorded. There will be two reviewers of an applicant’s OPT.  

regular graduate degree status   

After the first year:

  • Apply for regular graduate degree status   
  • GPA of 3.2 under the fifteen credit hours of graduate work under transitional graduate status.

Program of Study

First Year with Transitional Graduate Status

Fall Semester

  • ENG 6730 TESOL Theory and Culture
  • ENG 6740 TESOL Practice and Materials
  • ENG 4710 Linguistics (co-requisite)
  • OPT and Writing results may require concurrent enrollment in ENG 1050 or 1010 ESL speaking and/or ENG 1100

Spring Semester  

  • ENG 6750 TESOL Grammar 
  • ENG 6760 TESOL Assessment
  • ENG 7510 TESOL Listening & Speaking or ENG 7520 TESOL Reading &  Writing (whichever is scheduled for that semester)
  • Proof of home institution degree earned. **

Second Year with Regular Graduate Degree Status

Fall Semester  

  • ENG 7030 Research Methods TESOL
  • Two 7000 level seminars

Spring semester

  • ENG 7130 Discourse Analysis
  • ENG 7510 TESOL Listening & Speaking or ENG 7520 TESOL Reading &  Writing (whichever is scheduled for that semester)
  • One 7000 level seminars
  • ENG 6940 TESOL Internship (can be taken in the summer term)
  • Satisfactory completion of the TESOL Exit portfolio and revised seminar paper

* At the end of the first year, a student may choose to discontinue the 3+1+1 program and apply for a TESOL Certificate. 

** Credits earned during graduate transitional status will count toward both an undergraduate degree at the student’s home institution and a graduate degree at Wright State University. 


Timeline

Prior to Start

  • Apply to the Graduate School for Transitional Status in spring of junior year.
  • Meet with TESOL advisor to review program of study

Fall

Senior/First Graduate Year

  • Begin program

2nd Year

  • Meet with TESOL advisor to review portfolio requirement and assign advisor for revised seminar paper
  • Meet with revised seminar paper advisor before the 10th week
  • Fill out and submit Advising Report Form before the end of the semester

Spring

Senior/First Graduate Year

  • Submit proof of B.A. degree to graduate school at end of term
  • Apply for admission to the graduate school for the M.A. in TESOL program

2nd Year

  • Submit TESOL portfolio with the revised seminar paper in the ninth week of the semester
  • Include signed Program of Study form required for the Culminating Project
  • Include copy of Advising Report Form required for the Culminating Project

Transitional Status

Domestic or international students from partner institutions with which Wright State has previously arranged partnerships may apply for Transitional graduate status. Transitional graduate students must apply to a program for which a partnership agreement and pathway already exists, and must meet all other minimum criteria for admission (including English language and GPA standards), save only that they have not yet completed the bachelor’s degree. Students admitted to Transitional status cannot complete any graduate degree program or be awarded a graduate degree at Wright State while in that status. Only 15 credit hours of graduate work taken in Transitional status can be applied to a graduate degree at Wright State; students in this status are expected to complete their bachelor’s degree by the end of those 15 hours. Regular graduate status will be conferred on Transitional students in good standing upon receipt of a transcript showing proof of a bachelor’s degree.

 


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