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The Master of Arts in TESOL and Applied Linguistics (MATAL) is ideal for students who want to further develop their knowledge of linguistics while applying the theories they learn. Throughout the program, students study linguistic research methods, learn analysis techniques, develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and learn inter/intra and cross-cultural communication strategies in both oral and written forms, as well as pedagogic principles and teaching methodology. Our courses provide a firm foundation in:
Second language acquisition
Curriculum evaluation and design
Graduates of our program are well-positioned to pursue careers in international business, law, communications, civil service professions, community outreach programs, and second language teaching.
About the Program
MATAL is a two-year master's program, consisting of live courses that take place Monday-Thursday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 3 p.m., making this an ideal program for working professionals pursuing a master's degree while still maintaining employment. Our program offers students the flexibility to take classes full or part-time and applications to our program are accepted year-round.
The program is affordable, too. At just $495 a credit hour, the total tuition cost of the program is $17,820. Students may qualify for assistantships within our ELL Support Center, graduate MATAL Program, or other assistantship opportunities across campus. Our selection process begins in the spring of each year.
The MATAL program offers the following options:
MATAL is a 36-credit hour program that consists of eight required courses (including a thesis course) and 12 elective hours.
TESOL endorsement for certified teachers is a 15-credit hour for certified teachers (CAEP-approved).
TESOL primary licensure (post-baccalaureate), total credit hours depends on evaluation of BA transcripts, (CAEP-approved)
Why study within our MATAL Program?
TESOL and Applied Linguistics graduates are trained in a variety of skills desirable to the current job market such as research, analysis, presentation, critical thinking, and cross-cultural communication.
Each course is designed to develop student's content, pedagogic, and research knowledge within our field, linking to one or more of our four program goals:
Pedagogic/Practitioner Knowledge - to prepare specialists on sound pedagogic practices that will qualify candidates for validation in TESL, TESOL, TEFL, and Bilingual Ed.
Curricular/Assessment Knowledge - to prepare curriculum developers, assessment specialists, and program designers to critically analyze, evaluate and implement programs designed for language learners and for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
Linguistic/Cultural Knowledge - to equip candidates with the historical and professional knowledge regarding language as a system and the acquisition and development of language users; to build an understanding and appreciation for the nature of language, culture and literacy.
Professional/Scholastic Advancement - to equip candidates with the historical and professional knowledge that will enable them to be leaders and advocates for culturally and linguistically diverse populations and; to prepare scholars for advanced degrees and active membership in regional, national and international Applied Linguistics/TESOL/Bilingual organizations.
Our program offers diverse learning opportunities for a variety of career paths.
The Master of Arts in TESOL and Applied Linguistics emphasizes experiential learning and provides ample opportunities for students to participate in service-learning, networking, and traveling that strengthens your resume before graduation.
MATAL graduates have found jobs in the following careers:
Bilingual (PK-12) teacher
ESL (English as a second language) and EFL (English as foreign language) teacher
Refugee outreach coordinator
Corporate diversity trainer
Copy editor for foreign newspapers
Other graduates have used their Masters in TESOL and Applied Linguistics as a stepping stone for pursue higher education in fields such as:
Financial Aid and Loan Options
In addition, there are other financial aid and loan options available to graduate students at the University of Findlay
As a graduate student at UF, you are eligible to apply for loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.
Through the federal program, you can obtain federal funds directly from
the U.S. Department of Education. See below to learn more about Federal
and private loan programs.
Federal Loan Programs
Loan Program - If you file a FAFSA and are enrolled at least half-time,
you may qualify for a Stafford Loan, which is a long-term, low-interest
As a graduate student, you may borrow up to $20,500 in
Federal Direct Loans each year. The FAFSA and your cost of education
will determine how much you can borrow. Your enrollment level also plays
a role in your loan eligibility, but you must be enrolled at least
half-time, which is at least four and one-half (4.5) hours of credit in a
Graduate PLUS Loans - You may also have the option of
applying for a Graduate PLUS loan if your unsubsidized loan does not
cover all of your educational costs.
Check on current interest rates
Federal Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loan funds. You can complete the
Master Promissory Note and entrance counseling for the Federal
Unsubsidized loans and apply for a Graduate PLUS loan at Student Loans
Private Loan Options
may wish to consider one of the alternative loans that are available to
graduate students in lieu of the Direct GradPLUS Loan. As the borrower,
you must initiate the loan, which must subsequently be certified by the
Office of Financial Aid. Generally, you must be creditworthy, and a
cosigner must be creditworthy as well. While you may be able to borrow
without a cosigner, having a cosigner may reduce the fees and/or the
interest rate on the loan. A careful review of interest rates and their
trends may be of value as you decide whether the Direct Grad PLUS or the
alternative loan is the right choice for you. Please visit FASTChoice
to explore some private loan options.
many graduate students, employer reimbursement is a good option to help
cover the cost of your education. If your company offers employer
reimbursement, you must contact the University's Business Office
to complete the University's Company Reimbursement Form
prior to each session you enroll in.
If you have a question about financial aid, please contact us at