Faculty of Education

Master of Education (TESL)

A Master of Education degree in the teaching of English as a second or foreign language is offered by Mount Saint Vincent University in cooperation with Saint Mary's. The program is primarily pedagogical in focus and offered as a non-thesis graduate degree. This program includes five and one-half units (33 credit hours) of coursework. Students will engage in a predetermined selection of courses designed in response to the authentic classroom needs of teachers in the field of teaching English as a second language. 

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The following courses are provided at Saint Mary's University for students enrolled in the M.Ed. program.

Graduate Level (the following courses are part of the Masters of Education (TESL) degree:

  • EDUC 5656.0 Curriculum and Instruction in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language
  • EDUC 5648.1(.2) [EDUC 5658.1(.2)] Pedagogical Grammar for ESL Teachers: Theory and Practice
  • EDUC 5659.1(.2) Seminar and Practicum in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
  • EDUC 5661.1(.2) Language, Culture, and Education.

Time Frame

Students have up to five years to complete this program. Courses are generally scheduled in the four-thirty to seven o’clock time period throughout the fall and winter semesters. Some courses (e.g., GCRD 6301/6302, EDUC 5661) may be offered in the Summer Session, but please check the summer timetable at the appropriate institutions.

2013-2014 Timetable for Required TESL Courses (for full-time students)

 

Fall Term (September – December)

Winter Term (January – April)

     

1

GCRD 6301 Foundations for Curriculum Studies I (0.5 unit/3 credit hours)

MSVU Thursday, 4:30 to 7:00pm or Friday & Saturday: F 5:00 to 8:00 pm

GCRD 6302 Foundations for Curriculum Studies II (0.5 unit/3 credit hours)

MSVU Thursday, 4:30 to 7:00pm or Saturday 9:00 to 4:00 pm

     

2

GCRD 6306 Principles of Language Acquisition for Education I (0.5 unit/3 credit hours)

MSVU Tuesday, 4:30 to 7:00pm

GCRD 6307 Principles of Language Acquisition for Education II (0.5 unit/3 credit hours)

MSVU Tuesday, 4:30 to 7:00pm

     

3

GCRD 6308 Linguistics for Teachers I (0.5 unit/3 credit hours)

MSVU Wednesday, 4:30 to 7:00pm 

GCRD 6309 Linguistics for Teachers II (0.5 unit/3 credit hours)

MSVU Wednesday, 4:30 to 7:00pm

     

4

EDUC 5656: Curriculum and Instruction in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language I (half unit/3 credit hours)

– SMU (Mon.) – 4:30-7:00pm

EDUC 5657: Curriculum and Instruction in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language II (half unit/3 credit hours)

– SMU (Mon.) – 4:30-7:00pm

     

5

EDUC 5658: Pedagogical Grammar for ESL Teachers (half unit/3 credit hours)

– SMU (Thur.) – 4:30-7:00pm

 EDUC 5661: Language, Culture, and Education (half unit/3 credit hours)

– SMU (Thur.) – 4:30-7:00pm

     

6

EDUC 5659: Seminar and Practicum in TESL (half unit/3 credit hours)

– SMU (Monday) – 7:00-9:30pm (6 sessions)

EDUC 5659: Seminar and Practicum in TESL (half unit/3 credit hours)

– SMU (Monday) – 7:00-9:30pm (6 sessions)

     

Process for Courses Offered at SMU

  • Complete the Mount’s Authorized External Course form for every course taken at SMU.
  • Return the AEC form to Paula Mayich for appropriate signature and processing at the Mount.
  • Register at SMU as a visiting student for the course. Adhere to all SMU deadlines.
  • Take courses at SMU.

Notes for all TESL students

  • Please contact Paula Mayich, TESL program assistant for general program information. She can be reached at paula.mayich@msvu.ca or 902-457-6716 (toll-free at 1-877-433-2889). Her office is located at MSVU in the Seton Academic Centre, room 401A.
  • Please contact Dr. Hong Wang, TESL Program Coordinator for academic advising. Dr. Wang can be reached at hong.wang@msvu.ca or 457-6192. Dr. Wang's office is located at MSVU in the Seton Academic Centre, room  328.

Program Requirements: Five and one half units (33 credit hours)

Three units (18 credit hours) are offered by Mount Saint Vincent University:

  • GCRD 6301: Foundations of Curriculum Studies I (half unit/3 credit hours)

    Students in this course will examine issues concerning development, evaluation, and implementation of curricula.

  • GCRD 6302: Foundations of Curriculum Studies II (half unit/3 credit hours)

    Students in this course will continue to examine issues concerning development, evaluation, and implementation of curricula.

  • GCRD 6303: Principles of Language Acquisition for Education (one unit/6 credit hours)

    In this course, students will focus on the nature of language acquisition as it applies to both first and second languages. This course is intended for teachers of English as a second or foreign language.

  • GCRD 6304: Linguistics for Teachers
    (one unit/6 credit hours)

    The sound, word, sentence, and meaning systems of English involved in language teaching are examined. This course is intended for teachers of English as a second or foreign language but is also appropriate for English and language arts teachers.

Two and one half units (15 credit hours) are offered by Saint Mary’s University:

  • EDUC 5656: Curriculum and Instruction in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language I (half unit/3 credit hours)

    Prerequisite:
    at least 30 credit hours of university courses.
  • Intended for teachers of English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL), this course focuses on the curriculum and methods used in teaching English to non-native speakers both in Canada and abroad. Focus is on analysis and evaluation of selected curricular approaches and pedagogical methods in foreign language teaching. 

  • EDUC 5657: Curriculum and Instruction in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language II (half unit/3 credit hours)

    Prerequisite: EDUC 5656
    A continuation of EDUC 5656. Topics may include trends and issues in foreign language education, and critical examination of selected approaches, e.g. teaching for communication, content-based ESL/EFL.

  • EDUC 5658: Pedagogical Grammar for ESL Teachers (half unit/3 credit hours)

    This course provides a review of English grammar as well as instructional approaches for teaching grammar, identification and remediation of learner errors, and selection of appropriate texts.

  • EDUC 5659: Seminar and Practicum in TESL (half unit/3 credit hours)

    This course consists of a series of professional seminars on contemporary issues in ESL/EFL pedagogy. Students must complete a twenty-five hour supervised practicum in this course.

  • EDUC 5661: Language, Culture, and Education (half unit/3 credit hours)

    The focus of this course is on issues of culture and communication. This course looks at what happens when people from different cultural backgrounds interact and highlights the development of strategies for creating successful intercultural education.