The following text is taken from The University of Findlay's current undergraduate and/or graduate catalog.
The University of Findlay has established a curriculum that requires 36 semester hours of credit for attainment of the Master of Arts in TESOL and Bilingual Education.
Certified teachers can obtain a K-12 TESOL endorsement by taking 21 hours of course work with this master’s program. The TESOL and bilingual endorsement are NCATE-approved.
Mission and Goals of the Program
The TESOL/Bilingual Education program's mission is to embrace cultural and linguistic diversity and to educate for a global community and a better tomorrow.
This program is designed to prepare candidates within four content knowledge domains:
1. Pedagogic/Practitioner Knowledge
To prepare teachers and specialists on sound pedagogic practices that will qualify for validation in the following programs: bilingual education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and second language acquisition programs.
2. Curricular Knowledge
To prepare curriculum developers, specialists and program designers to critically analyze and implement programs designed for language learners and for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
3. Linguistic Knowledge
To equip students with current research and knowledge; to build an understanding and appreciation for the nature of language and culture and to build an understanding of the relationship among language, learning and literacy.
4. Scholastic/Professional Advancement
To prepare candidates for career advancement and/or advanced degrees; and to prepare candidates for active membership in regional, national and international TESOL/bilingual organizations.
To be considered for admission, candidates must:
1. Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 in at least nine hours of graduate work. This includes classes from all institutions attended.
2. Complete a goal statement.
3. Supply three letters of recommendation.
4. Supply a copy of teaching certificate(s) or license(s) if applying for endorsement options.
5. Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with the possible exception of first-professional doctorate-degree holders, specifically when no baccalaureate degree was offered (e.g., PharmD, etc.).
6. Submit official transcripts, which can be in the form of attested credentials from a University-recognized document verification agency, of all college-level work.
Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:
1. A verified TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 79 with 20 or better in speaking and 20 or better in writing or a verified international English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0. Students not supplying a TOEFL or IELTS score are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English.
2. Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen or permanent resident.
The Master of Arts in TESOL and Bilingual Education requires 36 semester hours of course work. Twenty-four credits are required courses. Students are required to take BLMC 500, 501, 510, 520, 535, 545, 593 and BLMC 599 or 600 (three hours). In addition, students are required to take four elective courses for a total of 12 hours. No more than one course with a grade of “C+,” “C” or “C-” can be used to meet graduation requirements.
Endorsement in TESOL consists of 21 semester hours. Students are required to take BLMC 500, 502, 510, 515, 520, 535 and 599. Students must have already obtained or be in the process of obtaining a valid teaching license within the State of Ohio or a state of reciprocity with Ohio in order to qualify for this program option. For endorsement in TESOL, the PRAXIS exam is required in Ohio.