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MA TEFL Overview and Graduation Requirements

MA TEFL Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

MA TEFL Curriculum Map

Course Descriptions

Roles and Responsibilities of MA TEFL Students

Overview of Capstone Requirements

Option 1 – Thesis: TEFL 391 + TEFL 392 (6 units total)

Option 2 – Design Project: TEFL 391 + TEFL 392 (6 units total)

Requirements for Successful Completion of the MA Thesis or MA Design Project

Faculty Advisors

Option 3 – Comprehensive Exams

Failing Grades

CTEFL – Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Appendix A: Thesis Assessment Rubric

Appendix B: Design Project Assessment Rubric

Appendix C: Master’s Thesis/Oral Presentation Rubric

Roles and Responsibilities of MA TEFL Students

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Students in the MA TEFL Program are expected to meet the high standards set by the Program and devote their time to participate in:

  • program activities such as organization of workshops or conferences
  • presentations and discussions based on individual or group research
  • attending workshops and conferences

Students are also expected to:

  • meet the MA TEFL requirements and abide by AUA rules and regulations
  • take personal responsibility in understanding the objectives and requirements of each course
  • take personal responsibility for autonomous learning
  • be punctual and attend all the lessons
  • all the deadlines for assignments

Overview of Capstone Requirements

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The MA TEFL Program requires that all students complete one of the three capstone projects: 1) a Master’s Thesis, 2) Master’s Paper, or 3) Comprehensive Exams in the final semesters of study.

Students, who choose to complete either the Master’s Thesis or Design Project, must register for 3 units of the capstone (TEFL 391) in the fall semester of their second year and another 3 units (TEFL 392) in the spring semester of their second year.  They receive six  units of credit for the successful completion of the faculty-supervised MA Thesis or MA  Design Project requirement.

The capstone is a cumulative exercise in which students demonstrate to the TEFL faculty that they are able to apply what they have learned in the classroom and as graduate students.  While the successful completion of all coursework is important, the capstone provides a unique measure of competencies.  It is the final requirement for the Master’s Degree in TEFL.

Eligible students must apply to the TEFL Program for placement in one of the required capstones (MA Thesis, MA Design Project, or Comprehensive Exams) using the appropriate form and by following all instructions.  While every effort will be made to place qualified students in the capstone of their choice, the final decision will be made by the TEFL Faculty.  Students will be notified of their enrollment in either the Capstone course or additional elective courses for those choosing the Comprehensive Exams.

TEFL faculty members have developed a set of specific learning objectives for the Capstone projects and Internship.  Students must successfully meet the requirements of each objective in order to receive a passing grade.

Option 1 – Master’s Thesis: TEFL 391 + TEFL 392 (6 units total)

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The Master’s Thesis is a research project based on substantive original research and analysis related to a specific TEFL research area.  Students are responsible for finding a reader and a faculty member from the approved list who will supervise the Thesis project. The process involves students first deciding on a topic for their Thesis and then finding a reader and a faculty member with the appropriate expertise who agree to work with the student as Advisors.  Faculty members work with only a limited number of students, and, therefore, students should be ready to find alternate topics and/or faculty if their first choice is not possible.

Students are required to submit to the TEFL Program Office a final proposal for the Thesis.  The proposal describes in detail the research questions and/or hypotheses or specific research topic proposed for study, a preliminary list of the scholarly literature relevant to the topic, and the methods to be employed in completing the study. Students are required to present their proposals and have them approved before they can proceed with any data collection. The proposal must be developed with the assistance of the Faculty Advisor and must be approved by the Faculty Advisor. Students may begin work on the Master’s Thesis as soon as the approved proposal is submitted to the TEFL Office.

Students are strongly encouraged to begin work on the Master’s Thesis as early as possible.

Students must meet or have contact regularly with their Faculty Advisors to discuss their research and must submit drafts of individual sections of the Thesis to their readers and advisors as they are written.

All submissions to Faculty Advisors, whether in draft or final format, must follow APA style. For APA guidelines, please visit: www.apastyle.org

Students must present their Master’s Thesis to faculty and students in an open forum.

Option 2 – Master’s Design Project: TEFL 391 + TEFL 392 (6 units total)

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The MA Design Project offers students the opportunity to participate in a curriculum development, teaching or training experience a relevant institution. It involves field work typically in the form of a pilot, and the results of such work are reviewed by a project advisor.

Each student will work with a Faculty Advisor.

All submissions to Faculty Advisors, whether in draft or final format, must follow APA style. For APA guidelines, please visit: www.apastyle.org.

Students must present their MA Design project to faculty and students in an open forum.

Requirements for Successful Completion of the MA Thesis or MA Design Project

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Students must obtain a satisfactory grade in order to graduate.  The final grade has two components: 1. MA Thesis/Paper grade; 2. MA Thesis/Paper public defense grade.In order to succeed, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Submit to the TEFL Office two bound copies of the Thesis or Master’s Design Project
  2. Submit to the TEFL Office the completed and signed Master’s Thesis or Master’s Paper Assessment Sheet (See Appendix A)
  3. Submit to the TEFL Office the completed and signed Master’s Thesis or Master’s Design Project Oral Presentation Rubric (See Appendix B)
  4. Oral presentation of MA Thesis or Master’s Design Project(See Appendix C)

Faculty Advisors

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Students who choose to work on a Master’s Thesis or Master’s Paper must obtain agreement from one of the following faculty members.  This list is subject to change.  Please remember that faculty members may work with only a limited number of students each year.

Option 3 – Comprehensive Exams

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The comprehensive exams option is cumulative and involves students taking a series of exam questions.  Students choosing the exam option would have to take a course of at least 3 additional credit units to complete the total of 46 credit units required for graduation from the MA TEFL program.  Below is a list of courses, which could be considered towards the additional 3 credit units for MA TEFL students taking the Comprehensive Exams option (refer to the specific program web pages for course descriptions):

  • CTRA 380 – English for Translators
  • CTRA 381 – History and Theories of Translation
  • CTRA 382 – Practicum in Translation
  • LW 300 – International Legal English
  • LW 304 – Legal Methods and Argumentation
  • PS 311 – Comparative Regional Politics
  • PS 340 – Introduction to Public Administration
  • PS 320 – International Political Relations
  • CS 355 – Entrepreneurship
  • IE 341 – Introduction to Management
  • IE 351 – Engineering Green Buildings: Waste, Water, and Energy (covers the Environmental requirement for graduation)
  • MSE 510 – Economic Statistics
  • PH351 – Qualitative Research Methods
  • PH321 – Inferential Biostatistics
  • PH311 – Problem Investigation in Environmental Health (covers the Environmental requirement for graduation)

Diplomas are not issued until students meet all requirements of the MA TEFL Program.

If students fail to meet the deadline and additional time is needed, students will be required to enroll and pay a tuition fee for additional units of study each semester until completion of the capstone. 

The maximum total number of years for completion of all degree requirements is three years from the first semester of study.  (Semesters during which students have taken a formal temporary withdrawal from the University do not count toward the three year requirement) 

Failing Grades

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Students who have not met the requirements of the Master’s Thesis, Master’s Paper or Comprehensive Exams as determined by the TEFL Faculty receive a grade of “Fail.”

APPENDIX A: Master’s Thesis Assessment Rubric

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Please rate every section using the scale provided. Leave comments if any in the space provided.

Criteria Rating Earned Excellent Good Average Minimally acceptable Not acceptable
COMMENTS
Front Matter /5
Is the title concise, complete and appropriate?Are the title and signature pages complete and appropriate?Is the abstract concise and complete?

Are all other necessary elements included?

Introduction /5
Does it state the problem?Does it state the significance?Does it state research question(s)/hypothesis(es)?
Literature Review /10
Is the literature review sufficiently comprehensive?Is the literature review up to date?Is the current empirical research discussed sufficiently and analyzed critically?

Are sources acknowledged appropriately?

Does the thesis have significance in the field?

Methodology /20
Are the Research Questions explicitly stated?Is the method appropriate for the study?Are sufficient details, including instruments, provided to make the study replicable?
Results /20
Are the results credible?Are the results clearly presented?Have the results been fully discussed?
Discussion and Conclusion /15
Are the important results of the study highlighted?Are the results compared with those of previous studies mentioned in the literature review?Have the pedagogical and/or theoretical implications been fully discussed?

Are the limitations and delimitations acknowledged?

Are suggestions for further research provided?

End Matter /5
Are the references and appendices complete?Is all necessary information included?
Language, Organization, Formatting /10
  • Rhetorical organization of the chapters
  • Tone & voice appropriate for target genre
  • Language Use
  • Adherence to APA
Responsibility and Independence /10
  • Does student’s work demonstrate effective use of committee feedback?
  • Does student exhibit capacity forindependent work?
Total Score              /100

Adviser _ _ _ _                                                                                                   Reader  _ _ _ _ _

APPENDIX B: Master’s Paper Assessment Rubric

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Please rate every section using the scale provided. Leave comments if any in the space provided.

Criteria Rating earned Excellent Good Average Minimally acceptable Not acceptable
COMMENTS
Front Matter /5
Is the title concise, complete and appropriate?Are the title and signature pages complete and appropriate?Is the abstract concise and complete?

Are all other necessary elements included?

Introduction /5
Does it state the problem?Does it state the significance?  
Literature Review /10
Is the literature review sufficiently comprehensive to inform the project?Is the literature review up to date?Is the current empirical research discussed sufficiently and analyzed critically given the scope of the project?

Are sources acknowledged appropriately?

Proposed Plan /5
Is the timeline reasonable given the scope and purpose of the project?Is the list of deliverables consistent with the scope and purpose of the project?
Deliverables & Appendices /40
Are the supplied materials in the Appendices consistent with the scope and purpose of the project?Do the supplied materials in the Appendices meet the expectations of a typical end-user of the project in terms of their value and production quality?
Recommendations /10
Are the recommendations relevant to the project scope and purpose?Are the recommendations valuable to target end-users of the project outcomes?
End Matter /5
Are the references and appendices complete?Is all necessary information included?
Language, Organization, Formatting /10
  • Rhetorical organization of the chapters
  • Tone & voice appropriate for target genre
  • Language Use
  • Adherence to APA
Responsibility and Independence /10
  • Does student work demonstrate effective use of Committee feedback?
  • Does student exhibit capacity forindependent work?
`Total Score         /100

Adviser _ _ _ _                                                                                                                                    Reader  _ _ _ _ _

APPENDIX C: Master Thesis/Paper Oral Presentation Rubric

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 Performance Criteria  Excellent  Good Average Minimally acceptable Not acceptable
  • Exhibited in-depth understanding of the project
  • Effectively answered questions from the audience
4 3 2 1.5 1
Spoke with clarity and enthusiasm 2 1.5 1 0.5 0
Prepared effective visuals (power point slides, handouts, if applicable) 2 1.5 1 0.5 0
Demonstrated professional use of English (linguistic accuracy, precision, pragmatics) 2 1.5 1 0.5 0
Total            /10