Master's Program - Curriculum

You can complete the M.S.Ed. Program entirely in Tokyo or Osaka. You will also have an option to take all the core courses and 3 credits of the elective courses in Japan and 12 credits of the elective courses in Philadelphia. You could do so without any problems involving transfer of credits or loss of time. Wherever you take your classes, your diploma will be issued by the College of Education of Temple University in Philadelphia, a fully accredited and nationally recognized school of education in the United States.

General Requirements

Requirements for completion of the M.S.Ed Program are outlined below:

  • 15 credit hours of required courses (five courses)
  • 15 credit hours of elective courses
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination
  • An overall B average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) for all courses

Required Courses

  • TESL 8611: Applied Language Study I
  • TESL 8612: Applied Language Study II
  • TESL 8614: TESOL Approaches to Teaching English
  • TESL 8616: Teaching Second and Foreign Language Skills
  • TESL 8618: Second Language Acquisition

Elective Courses

Elective courses vary from semester to semester. Below are the titles of elective courses that have been recently offered. For courses offered for a particular semester, please see the course schedule for the Tokyo Center or the Osaka Center.

  • Introduction to the Study of TESOL
  • The Psychology of Learning
  • Classroom Management
  • Teaching Vocabulary to Second Language Learners
  • Current Issues in Bilingualism and Dual Language Education
  • Introduction to Research Methodology
  • History of the English Language
  • Language Testing
  • Curriculum Development for Language Teachers
  • Teaching Listening and Speaking
  • Teaching Reading and Writing
  • Introduction to Conversation Analysis
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Teaching Language Through Literature
  • Characteristics of Computer-based Instruction
  • Introduction to Japanese Language Research and Pedagogy
  • Workshop and Seminar in Teaching Japanese to Intermediate Level Learners
  • Introduction to Pragmatics for Language Teachers
  • Teaching English in the Elementary School
  • Contexts for Content Teaching and Learning
  • Issues and Practices in Teaching EFL writing
  • Multimedia Approaches to Teaching EFL
  • Individual Differences in Language Learning
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Language Assessment
  • Adapting and Developing Language Teaching Materials
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Ecological Perspective on Language Learning
  • Speech Acts in Interaction
  • History of English Language Teaching
  • Strategies of Second Language Learners
  • Pragmatics and Language Learning: Enhancing Cultural Appropriateness of Second Language
  • Foundation of Educational Statistics
  • Teaching and Researching the Four Skills
  • Issues in Teaching, Learning and Researching L2 Writing

Distinguished Lecturer Series

Nine times a year, the Distinguished Lecturer Series brings internationally recognized TESOL and Applied Linguistics scholars to TUJ for intensive weekend seminars. This makes it possible for Temple students to study with an international faculty of specialists. A series of three 1-credit weekend seminars counts as the equivalent of one 3-credit graduate course. An individual seminar can be taken for one graduate credit.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

It is generally best to begin with;

  • Foreign Language Education 5470: Introduction to the Study of TESOL,
  • TESL 8611: Applied Language Study I,
  • TESL 8612: Applied Language Study II, or
  • TESL 8614: TESOL Approaches to Teaching English,

as these four courses address most of the basic issues in TESOL.

If you are a new student and you are unable to take one of those four courses to start with, please consult the TUJ Graduate Education Office for advice on selecting an elective course. Also, Second Language Acquisition and the Distinguished Lecturer Series seminars are probably more appropriate for students who are further along in the graduate program.

Completing the Degree

Students vary a great deal in their rate of progress. It is possible to complete the M.S.Ed. degree in one calendar year at the TUJ Tokyo and Osaka Centers*. However, the average time for completion is between two and three years. The Graduate School guidelines suggest that a candidate should finish in three years, but an extension to four years is automatic. In the past, the Graduate School has also granted fifth-year extensions in exceptional instances, but such extensions are granted only after special appeal.

Note: Depending on the timing of your start in the program, you might have to take the Comprehensive Exam the year following your completion of coursework. The Comprehensive Exam is offered twice every year, in January and May.