Silvia Rodríguez Sabater, Program Director
The mission of the M.Ed. in Languages Program is to satisfy the professional development needs of practicing language teachers (ESOL and Spanish) by deepening their content area knowledge in second language acquisition, linguistics, and language instruction.
The program is intended for practicing teachers who wish to further their education by pursuing a graduate degree. It is designed for part-time students to meet the demands of working professionals with classes offered in the late afternoon, evening, summer, online and/or hybrid formats Class size is small to maximize the educational experience.
The core curriculum covers linguistic, psychological and social influences that affect the acquisition of a second language, applied linguistics, advanced teaching approaches, educational research, and educational technology. There are two emphases: Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Students in the Spanish emphasis also explore the varied literatures, cultures, and linguistic issues of the Spanish-speaking world, while students in TESOL explore the tools to teach and assess a diverse cultural and linguistic population.
Students will also complete various capstone experiences. Students are asked to consult with the Director early in their course of study. The degree must be completed within six years of the entrance date.
Although the M.Ed. in Languages is a degree in Education, it does not lead to initial teacher certification in South Carolina. However, it can lead to add-on certification in Spanish or ESOL.
Minimum Admission Requirements
Language teachers holding a valid teaching certificate from any state will be admitted as long as they have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the language that they teach with a GPA of 2.500 or better on a 4.000 scale. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) exam is not required. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the program steering committee, which will apply the following criteria:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
- A minimum GPA of 2.500;
- At least 30 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, or an approved equivalent, in the relevant modern language;
- Evidence of a command of English (if English is not the primary language of the applicant, a TOEFL score of 79 or greater is required);
- Two letters of recommendation
- Statement of goals
- Submit an application with a nonrefundable fee of $50.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
- A copy of the applicant’s valid teaching certificate (if applicable).
- Fall: March 1, Priority; July 1, Final
- Spring: November 1
- Summer: March 1
Students who do not meet the requirements for admission may be admitted provisionally until the deficiencies are corrected. Conditions of provisional acceptances that lead to regular degree status will be clearly outlined for such applicants by the steering committee.
Teachers seeking re-certification credit or other qualified individuals wishing to take coursework may be admitted as non-degree-seeking students. Advanced undergraduates may, under certain conditions, request permission to enroll in M.Ed. classes (6-hour limit). Non-degree-seeking students who later wish to be admitted to the degree program may apply up to six semester hours of credit taken in non-degree status.
Transfer Credit Policy
An applicant or student of the M.Ed. in Languages program can seek approval from the Program Director to accept up to nine transfer credit hours. These courses must have a grade of B or higher, and can count toward the M. Ed. in Languages degree requirements. Courses with a grade of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” will not be accepted. These courses must be catalog courses and not professional development courses to count in this program.
Student Learning Outcomes