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Master of Education in Languages

Robyn Holman
Program Director
843.953.5459
holmanr@cofc.edu

http://lcwa.cofc.edu/grad-progs

Program Description

The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs and the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance jointly offer a Master of Education in Languages. This degree program is designed to broaden the content area knowledge, strengthen the language and language teaching skills, and satisfy the professional development needs of practicing teachers. It may also respond to the interests of other language professionals or qualified individuals desiring to pursue advanced studies in language and linguistics. This program provides a solid background for future doctoral study in language education.

The program is made up of two major components: core courses in applied linguistics, teaching and research methods; and language specific courses in Spanish and ESOL. Candidates will also complete various capstone experiences. This is a part-time program that generally offers the student one or two courses per semester, including summer. Students are asked to choose an advisor early in their course of study. The degree must be completed within six years of the entrance date. Courses in this program are taught by full-time faculty who hold terminal degrees in their fields and have extensive teaching backgrounds, which often include public or private school experience at the secondary level.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Language teachers holding a valid teaching certificate from any state will be admitted as long as they have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the language that they teach with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) exam is not required. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the program steering committee, which will apply the following criteria:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5;
  • At least 30 hours of undergraduate coursework, or an approved equivalent, in the relevant modern language;
  • Evidence of a command of English (if English is not the primary language of the applicant, a TOEFL score of 550 or greater is required);
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Submit an application with a nonrefundable fee of $50.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • A copy of the applicant’s valid teaching certificate (if applicable).

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1

All application materials should be submitted to:

The Graduate School of the College of Charleston
66 George Street
Randolph Hall, Suite 310
Charleston, S.C. 29424

Provisional Admission

Students who do not meet the requirements for admission may be admitted provisionally until the deficiencies are corrected. Conditions of provisional acceptances that lead to regular degree status will be clearly outlined for such applicants by the steering committee.

Non-Degree Status

Teachers seeking re-certification credit or other qualified individuals wishing to take coursework may be admitted as non-degree-seeking students. Advanced undergraduates may, under certain conditions, request permission to enroll in M.Ed. classes (6-hour limit). Non-degree-seeking students who later wish to be admitted to the degree program may apply up to six semester hours of credit taken in non-degree status.

Degree Requirements

The M.Ed. in Languages degree is awarded to candidates who successfully complete an approved program of study consisting of 36 hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. At least 27 of the 36 hours must be taken at the College of Charleston. In addition, candidates will complete the master’s capstone experience as identified in the specific requirements listed below.

Transfer Credit Policy

An applicant or student of the M.Ed. in Languages program can seek approval from the Program Director to accept up to nine transfer credit hours. These courses must have a grade of B or higher, and can count toward the M. Ed. in Languages degree requirements. Courses with a grade of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” will not be accepted. These courses must be catalog courses and not professional development courses to count in this program.

Professional Development for Certified Teachers

Certified educators can enroll in professional development courses through the School of Education, Health and Human Performance Office of Professional Development in Education (OPDE). These courses, known as Professional Development Courses (EDPD) are used to modernize instructional strategies and offer content enrichment opportunities while leading to recertification points and pay scale advancements. These Professional Development credits offered through OPDE do not count toward the completion of an advanced degree such as the Master of Education or Master of Arts in Teaching. For more information regarding professional development courses, contact the OPDE Office at 843.953.7651.

Please note that EDPD courses differ from Catalog Courses. A Catalog Course has been approved as part of a course of study in a College of Charleston graduate-level program. These courses are ones that are offered through a contract course arrangement and count towards a master's degree in a specific discipline area (i.e.: M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs). They are awarded graduate credit, reviewed, and accepted by the specific discipline/curriculum involved.