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Accelerated 4 + 1 BA English (Linguistics) to MTESOL

English offers an accelerated degree program in MTESOL, often referred to as 4+1 programs. 4+1 programs provide top undergraduate students in the Linguistics concentration the flexibility to begin taking classes toward their master's degree during their undergraduate degree program. 

Graduate and Internship Specialist: Kira Assad
Graduate Program Manager: Sheila Luna
Undergraduate Advisor: Linda Sullivan
MTESOL Advisor: Aya Matsuda
Internship Coordinator: Ruby Macksoud

Application Deadlines: April 15 for fall admission; October 1 for spring admission

Applications require the following steps:

  1. Meet with your undergraduate academic advisor to express your interest and verify that you meet the following criteria: Be a BA English (linguistics) major, with 75 credit hours*, a 3.5 GPA in the major, and a 3.0 GPA overall. Please fill out the 4+1 Pre-Application form found on the Department Forms webpage. You will need your undergraduate advisor's signature on the form and to then bring the completed form to the Graduate Program Specialist in RBH170 before applying.
  2. Once you have received your advisor’s approval and submitted your pre-application form to the Graduate Program Specialist, you will complete a graduate application to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MTESOL program on the Tempe campus. (Please note that the 4+1 program does NOT offer admission to MA Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.) Such an application requires students to submit an online application to Graduate Admissions (https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp) along with the following documents:
    1. A one-page, single-spaced statement of purpose.  This document should explain how the ASU MTESOL program fits with the applicant's long-term goals.
    2. A resume.
    3. One letter of recommendation from a Linguistics faculty member in the English department preferably from a 300 level course.  
  3. The MTESOL admissions committee will review your file and let you know whether you have been admitted to the accelerated BA/MTESOL program shortly after the submission deadline.
  4. Complete and return the 4+1 Agreement Form to the Graduate Program Specialist before courses begin. 

*90 credits MUST be completed by the beginning of the 4+1 program (first semester of senior year).

Students will complete all requirements for the BA in English degree (linguistics concentration) and for the MTESOL degree. Done separately, these degrees involve a total of 150 credit hours (120 for the BA, then 30 for the MTESOL); however, the accelerated BA/MTESOL program involves 12 credit hours that are shared between the bachelor's and master's programs, so the total number of credit hours to complete the accelerated BA/MTESOL program is 138.  

Below is a timeline detailing how the program would work from the point of applying to graduation.  

TimeActions
junior year -- second semester

Submit application for the accelerated program

Meet with an undergraduate advisor

senior year -- first semester

Take the following courses:

1. LIN 510 Linguistics (3cr.) - students must receive an override by filling out this form: https://clas-forms.asu.edu/clas/clas-course-override-form
2. ENG 404 Studies in Second Language Acquisition, ENG 414 Studies in Linguistics, ENG 484 Internship, or an approved ENG 400 level Linguistics Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
3. Cultural Diversity in the U.S. (C) - Undergraduate (3cr.)
4. Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
5. Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)

Meet with an undergraduate advisor and the MTESOL program director.

The shared ENG 400 level linguistics elective must be approved by the MTESOL director.

Note: The courses in bold are credit hours that will be shared betwen the bachelor's and master's programs.

senior year -- second semester

Take the following courses:

1. LIN 520 Second-Language Acquisition Theories (3cr.) students must receive an override by filling out this form: https://clas-forms.asu.edu/clas/clas-course-override-form
2. ENG 404 Studies in Second Language Acquisition, ENG 414 Studies in Linguistics, ENG 484 Internship, or an approved ENG 400 level Linguistics Upper Division Elective (3cr.)  
3. ENG Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
4. ENG Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)
5. Undergraduate Upper Division Elective (3cr.)

Meet with an undergradaute advisor and the MTESOL program director.

The shared ENG 400 level linguistics elective must be approved by the MTESOL director.

Note: The courses in bold are credit hours that will be shared betwen the bachelor's and master's programs.

MTESOL -- first semester

Take the following courses:

1. LIN 501 Approaches to Research (3cr.) 
2. LIN 521 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3cr.) 
3. MTESOL elective* (3cr.)

Meet with the MTESOL program director

MTESOL -- second semester

Take the following courses:

1. LIN 584 Internship (3cr.)^ 
2. ENG 597 Graduate Capstone Seminar (3cr.) 
3. MTESOL elective* (3cr.)

Meet with the MTESOL program director

* These two electives can be from any unit (e.g., anthropology, education, English, international letters and cultures, speech and hearing sciences) and must be approved by the MTESOL advisor.

^Students must take LIN 584 Internship even if they took ENG 484 Internship as an undergraduate. Note: One course in which students can get practical teaching experience is LIN584-MTESOL practicum internship. This is a required course, so all students must take it once; but, students also have the option of taking it more than once, in which case the additional time(s) it is taken could count as an elective(s).  Questions about LIN484/LIN584 can be directed to the English department’s internship director (Ruby.Macksoud@asu.edu). 

To begin taking coursework for the accelerated BA/MTESOL program, students must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours towards their BA. Please note that only six credit hours of 400-level coursework can be applied to the Master’s degree program.

Also, students must demonstrate or provide evidence of competent knowledge of a natural language other than modern English, to be selected by the student, subject to approval of the MTESOL director.  (Language Requirements).

Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.