Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition -Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition

Program at a glance:

  • Sponsor: Department of Modern Languages
  • Duration: One year
  • Finances: Fee-paying program. Tuition assistance available for all qualified students.
  • Total units required: 90 units in two resident semesters (45 Fall, 45 Spring, summer non-credit immersion required in some cases)
  • Application deadline: February 1st of the year of intended enrollment

The Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition is a one-year, intensive program preparing U.S. and international students for careers in second language teaching in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Graduates of the MA in Applied SLA program will be eligible for employment in university teaching faculty positions, private schools or public (alternative-certification) secondary schools, and (especially in ESL) a multitude of settings abroad.

All students' experience will include observation of experienced teachers, short interventions in classroom instruction, and finally primary responsibility for the planning and delivery of an extended period of undergraduate instruction in their language of specialization. Students who are undertaking this degree in a second language with moderate insufficiencies in that language should anticipate taking part in an immersion experience in the summer prior to arrival on campus.

An optional TESOL Certificate is available to students in graduate programs in Modern Languages.