Catalog 2010-2012

TESOL/Modern Languages

This major is offered cooperatively by the Department of English Language and Literature** and the Department of Modern Languages**, and is under the jurisdiction and supervision of the heads of these two departments.


Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Modern Languages** for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

This major is available on the non-thesis option only. A minimum of 33 semester hours is required, including a minimum of 18 hours at the 200/6000-level. An approved research paper is also required. The student who has not completed 7x0:101 and either 630:125 or 630:130 (or the equivalent) before entering the master's degree program must add these courses to the requirements listed below. There is no separate modern language requirement.

Successful completion of a final written comprehensive examination is required for this M.A. major, as specified by the TESOL/Applied Linguistics and Modern Language** faculties. See the TESOL Graduate Coordinator for details.



  TESOL/Applied Linguistics: 630:192; 630:193 or 630:194; 630:201; 630:240 or 630:289 or 630:295; 630:292; 630:297.....18 hours

Electives: One of the following language emphases for a minimum total emphasis of 15 hours of which hours must be at the 200/6000-level.....15 hours

33 hours


French Emphasis:

Languages: 700:190* or 700:290.....3 hours

French: 720:124 or 720:125; and one of the following-720:203 or 720:207 or 720:270 or 720:271 or 720:289.....6 hours

Plus courses approved by the graduate French advisor.....6 hours

15 hours


German Emphasis:

Languages: 700:190* or 700:290.....3 hours

German: 740:123 or 740:150.....3 hours

Plus courses approved by the graduate German advisor.....9 hours

15 hours


Spanish Emphasis:

Languages: 700:190* or 700:290.....3 hours

Spanish: one graduate course in each of the following areas: culture and civilization; translation; linguistics.....6-9 hours

Plus courses approved by the graduate Spanish advisor.....3-6 hours

15 hours


*700:190 is required for a teaching endorsement in Modern Languages; 700:190 has a required corequisite 7xx:191 (2 hours), which cannot count toward an M.A. degree.

**Plans are in progress to consolidate the Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Modern Languages by June 30, 2011.


Note: International students must have achieved a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (paper-based)/250 (computer-based), or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) equivalent, in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English.  An international student may be required to take additional English language development courses at the discretion of the TESOL/Applied Linguistics faculty.

Students who wish state licensure to teach should request information concerning licensure requirements from the Director of Teacher Education, University of Northern Iowa, or from the Department of Education in the state in which they plan to teach.