Last update: April 14, 2022

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 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:

  • 18 credit hours of required courses (six 3-credit courses)
  • 12 credit hours of elective courses
  • 1 credit EDUC 9993 Comprehensive Examination course
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination
  • An overall B average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) for all courses

Recommended Sequence of Courses

It is generally best to begin with;

  • FLED 5470: Introduction to the Study of TESOL (elective course)
  • TESL 5611: Applied Language Study I: Phonology and the Lexicon
  • TESL 5612: Applied Language Study II: Grammar, Morphology and Classroom Discourse, or
  • TESL 5614: Current Approaches to Teaching English Language Learners,

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. TESL 5618: Second Language Development 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.