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Victoria Fedorets
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The Master of Science (MS) in Applied Linguistics at Virginia International University is designed to foster the skills necessary to improve the effectiveness of language instruction, content delivery, and program efficacy. The program seeks to be a pioneer in the field of language teaching by building a curriculum that includes the recommendations from employers in the community during the creation and development of new courses’ overall goals. This provides graduates with a needed edge in their job search, as the curriculum is focused on providing employers what they are looking for in current and future candidates. Concentrations are available in Multilingual Education, Program Management, and Educational Technology.

Graduates from VIU’s MS in Applied Linguistics will be able to successfully apply their understanding of teaching in a variety of educational settings locally, nationally, and globally.

Upon graduation from VIU’s MS in Applied Linguistics program, graduates will have the ability to build careers in various educational institutions employing foreign and additional language teaching in post-secondary educational settings, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

VIU’s MS in Applied Linguistics maintains the university’s mission of striving to embrace freedom of thought and diverse interpretations of human experiences, aspects that are vital in the field of education and in a global context. Our goal is to graduate students who display and make use of their moral, intellectual, and professional excellence to serve as role models for and educate future generations and make a difference in their communities.

The mission of the MS in APLX Degree Program is to enable multilingual education professionals and administrative leaders to serve effectively in technologically enhanced educational environments by providing them with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for success in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to teach foreign or additional languages in a variety of educational settings in the US and abroad, such as:

  • Private language schools
  • Adult education programs
  • Foreign language programs

The program’s concentration courses also open opportunities for graduates to work in various positions related to the concentration including but not limited to:

  • Online teaching and development
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Program or school management
  • Foreign language teaching
  • Multilingual language instructors
  • Researchers
  • Program administrators
  • Intercultural communications specialists
  • Second language technology specialists

Please note that this program does not provide the licensure required to teach grades K-12 in American public schools. In order to obtain teacher licensure, please contact the respective state Department of Education to determine eligibility and requirements.

  • Assist in the strategic growth and development of an academic program
  • Apply a solid linguistic and pedagogical base to their classroom teaching and curriculum development
  • Manage a variety of classroom and organizational scenarios effectively
  • Develop and create interesting and meaningful teaching materials
  • Evaluate and assess student and program performance
  • Use innovative technology in the classroom
  • Communicate effectively with students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds

Top 5 Reasons to Choose the SED

  1. Programs designed around the skills and abilities employers are looking for. Additionally, each year we meet with and discuss trends in the field with our program advisor boards who provide input that we use to ensure that our curriculum adjusts to the needs of the field.
  2. Ongoing professional development opportunities outside of the classroom. In our innovative speaker series, Voices from the Field, we invite local community leaders, teachers, administrators, researchers, and other visionaries in the field of education to share their experiences, serve as relatable role models, give practical advice, raise our students’ awareness of new trends in the field, and expose students to opportunities for hands-on experience, professional development, volunteering, and more.
  3. Learner-centered classrooms. Our learning experience provides a dynamic and interactive experience in which students serve as both a knowledge-base and learner.
  4. Internationally minded student body and programs. VIU is a unique institution in which you can interact with students from all over the world. This setting offers students the ability to learn and grow from and with peers from differing backgrounds and experiences.
  5. Study On-campus or Online! We offer flexible schedules for busy working professionals with both on-campus and online offerings.

World Class Faculty and Staff
The Applied Linguistics program boasts a history of highly skilled and dedicated faculty and staff who are ready to assist students along their journey through the program. The program’s faculty offer expertise in various areas including curriculum development and design, technology in the language classroom/program, language acquisition, program management, and online education.

Delivery of the curriculum is only one aspect of the programs at VIU! Come experience the personalized, accessible, engaging, and fun experience!

Mode of Delivery
VIU’s School of Education embraces a learning model that allows for a hybrid learning environment in which students can benefit from a combination of online coursework and in-class meetings. The purpose of a hybrid format is to allow for flexibility in ways that enable students to learn and grow outside of the walls of the classroom.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements
Admission to the program does not require any previous coursework in pedagogy or language studies. A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any field is required for admission.

Each candidate is also required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae detailing his/her work history and education, along with a 500-word statement of purpose describing his/her academic interests, professional objectives, reasons for applying to the program, and areas of interest to be explored in the program. In addition, the candidate is required to submit a minimum of two (2) official recommendation letters, at least one of which must be dated within the past three years. These recommendations must be from professionals (preferably current or former instructors or employers) who can speak to the candidate’s academic abilities, and must be written in English or accompanied by official translations. Recommendations must include contact information with a minimum of an email address (preferably an institutional email address) and physical mailing address. By submitting recommendations, applicants are permitting VIU to contact recommenders on their behalf regarding their application.

Additionally, since the language of instruction at VIU is English, candidates will need to provide evidence of sufficient English language proficiency by obtaining academic-level scores on all components of the placement and exit test or by submitting examination information from an approved standardized examination (examples: TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

Program-Specific Graduation Requirements
All candidates for graduation are required to submit a formal Summative Portfolio, the components of which include: Part A-Career Preparation; Part B-Two Writing Samples; Part C-Specialty Application; and Part D-Internship Experience. Students must demonstrate a minimum of intermediate-level proficiency in at least one other language besides English prior to graduation from the program. Demonstrations of proficiency can include graduation from a secondary or post-secondary program whose primary language was a language other than English, successful completion of a graduate course taught in a language other than English, successful completion of intermediate-level coursework in a foreign or second language at an accredited institution, completion of a recognized proficiency exam (e.g., ACTFL’s Oral Proficiency Interview), or other demonstrations deemed appropriate by the Dean of the School. The required minimum cumulative GPA for graduation from this program is 3.0.

Accreditation
Virginia International University is an accredited institution of higher learning holding accreditation through the accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and is certified to operate by the Virginia State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Additionally, information on accreditation can be found in the Accreditation and Certifications section of the Academic Catalog.

Optional Master’s Thesis Track
Students wishing to conduct original research in an area of interest should consider electing to complete an optional thesis. Students who wish to complete a thesis must receive approval from the Dean of the School of Education in addition to consulting a potential mentor before the completion of their second semester of study. The thesis is not required of MS in APLX students but will serve as a personalized and distinguishing mark on the Graduate Degree from the University. Students intending to continue their education in a Ph.D. program should consider the thesis option as one of several ways to demonstrate their research potential. Students electing to take the Thesis Track must supply their fully developed thesis prior to the conferral of the degree.

Given the heavy emphasis on research methods, and the requirement for a solid foundation in research in order to complete a Master’s Thesis, a student choosing the thesis option should consider taking an additional advanced research methods course beyond the foundational research course required in the program. To facilitate the research process for the thesis, students should take an advanced research methods course focusing on the methods that would be used in the thesis. This would be an additional course beyond the requirements of the program. Permission must be obtained by the instructor of the course that is being requested and the Dean of the School of Education.

Requests to complete a thesis are considered based upon a student’s previous academic performance including meeting the minimum attendance requirements for previous courses and maintaining satisfactory progress.

Tuition and Fees
The current tuition and fees for this program can be found on VIU’s tuition and fees page.

NOTE: Please note that this program does not provide the licensure required to teach in grades K-12 in American public schools. In order to obtain teacher licensure, please contact the respective state Department of Education to determine eligibility and requirements.

In working to achieve the mission of the program and those of the School of Education, the following outcomes will be achieved:

Program Outcomes
PO-1: Understand the nature, structure, and uses of human language and theoretical models of language acquisition.
PO-2: Critically analyze current research regarding language learning and teaching, and demonstrate knowledge of research findings and how to apply them.
PO-3: Design language courses, assessment practices, and learning environments for a particular program and its curriculum.
PO-4: Make principled use of established, new, and emerging technologies to promote access, engagement, and success in learning within and beyond the classroom.
PO-5: Drawing on observations, experiences, theory- and research-based knowledge, and/or reflection, design and conduct research to answer original questions of personal and professional interest.
PO-6: Utilize critical-thinking skills to problem-solve issues faced by language learners and educators.
PO-7: Use community, institutional, and technological resources to demonstrate use of proper academic communication, ethics, and professionalism.

This program requires completion of a portfolio. You can find information here.

Students in this program will take part in an internship experience. Information about the internship experience can be found here.

Students who may be interested in the OPTIONAL thesis track should consult the requirements for the thesis as early as possible. The thesis requirements and guidelines for the current academic year can be found here.

Program Details
This program can be completed within four (4) semesters of full-time study and is offered in both the online and residential formats. A total of 36 credits (12 courses) are required for graduation. The required minimum cumulative GPA for this program is 3.0. The program consists of seven (7) Core Courses (21 credits), four (4) Concentration Courses (12 credits) and one (1) course (3 credits) of Elective Courses.

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core courses 7 21
Concentration Courses 4 12
Elective courses 1 3
Total 12 36

Core Courses

VIU’s MS in Applied Linguistics Program provides a comprehensive core, which is required for all students enrolled in the degree program. The MS in Applied Linguistics degree consists of seven courses (21 credit hours) in the core program.

Course Number Course Title Clock Hours Credit Hours
Core Courses (Must take 7)
APLX 500 Introduction to Language and Applied Linguistics 45 3.0
APLX 510 Introduction to Language Acquisition 45 3.0
APLX 530 Language Teaching Methods 45 3.0
APLX 540 Language Curriculum and Materials Design 45 3.0
APLX 550 Language Assessment 45 3.0
APLX 572 Technologies for Language Teaching 45 3.0
APLX 640 Introduction to Research Methods 50 3.0

Concentration Options

VIU’s MS in Applied Linguistics Program offers three Concentrations: Multilingual Education, Program Management, and Educational Technology. Students enrolled in the MS in Applied Linguistics Degree Program will be required to complete four courses (12 hours) in one of the Concentrations.

Course Number Course Title Clock Hours Credit Hours
Concentration in Multilingual Education (Must take 4)
APLX 520 Introduction to Multilingualism 45 3.0
APLX 615 Pedagogical Grammar for Communicative Classrooms 45 3.0
APLX 630 Sociolinguistics in the Classroom 45 3.0
APLX 635* Intercultural Communication 45 3.0
APLX 666 Internship in Multilingual Education 135 3.0
Concentration in Program Management (Must take 4)
APLX 630* Sociolinguistics in the Classroom 45 3.0
APLX 635* Intercultural Communication 45 3.0
EDUC 590 Program Administration 45 3.0
EDUC 595 Program Development and Evaluation 45 3.0
EDUC 667 Internship in Program Management 135 3.0
Concentration in Educational Technology (Must take 4)
EDUC 574 Materials Development for Online Learning 45 3.0
EDUC 575 Online Teaching Principles and Practices 45 3.0
EDUC 576 Course Design for the Virtual Classroom 45 3.0
EDUC 668 Internship in Educational Technology 135 3.0

* choose one of the available courses

Elective Course Options:

VIU’s MS in Applied Linguistics Program offers several elective options for students in the program. Students will be required to take 1 course (3 credit hours).

Course Number Course Title Clock Hours Credit Hours
Elective Courses (Must take 1)
APLX 520 Introduction to Multilingualism 45 3.0
APLX 615 Pedagogical Grammar for Communicative Classrooms 45 3.0
APLX 620 Teaching Pronunciation 45 3.0
APLX 623 Teaching Multiliteracy 45 3.0
APLX 630 Sociolinguistics in the Classroom 45 3.0
APLX 635 Intercultural Communication 45 3.0
APLX 655 Special Topics in Applied Linguistics 45 3.0
APLX 699 Master’s Thesis Research 135 3.0
EDUC 574 Materials Development for Online Learning 45 3.0
EDUC 575 Online Teaching Principles and Practices 45 3.0
EDUC 576 Course Design for the Virtual Classroom 45 3.0
EDUC 590 Program Administration 45 3.0
EDUC 595 Program Development and Evaluation 45 3.0
MBA 513 Organization Behavior and HR Management 45 3.0
MBA 514 Marketing Management 45 3.0
MBA 516 Strategic Management and Organizational Leadership 45 3.0
MBA 624 Advertising and Promotion 45 3.0

Master’s Thesis Track
Students electing to complete the optional thesis track must be on track for successful completion and must meet all other program requirements prior to conferral of the degree. Students must be in good academic standing at the time of registration for the thesis and must remain in good standing throughout the time enrolled in the thesis course (typically the final semester of study). VIU’s MS in Applied Linguistics program, with the optional thesis, requires completion of APLX 699 as the elective course option for a minimum of three credits.

Information for Students on an F-1 Visa
Please note that students on an F-1 Visa are responsible for maintaining their own visa status. Since internship is an integral part of this program, all students on an F-1 Visa are required to complete their internship course (APLX 666, EDUC667, and/or EDUC 668) as Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and must meet all requirements of CPT as set forth by the International Student Services Office. CPT is employment pursuant to an internship requirement which is an integral part of the established curriculum of your school. Students with an F-1 Visa are required to take the internship course (APLX 666, EDUC667, and/or EDUC 668) with at least one other on-ground course in the final semester of study in order to remain in-status.

The following is a sample schedule of the possible sequencing of courses in the MS in Applied linguistics program.

Course Code Course Name Credit
First Semester
APLX 510 Introduction to Language Acquisition 3.0
APLX 500 Introduction to Language and Linguistics 3.0
APLX 540 Language Curriculum and Materials Design 3.0
Second Semester
APLX 530 Language Teaching Methods 3.0
APLX 550 Language Assessment 3.0
APLX 572 Technologies for Language Teaching 3.0
Third Semester
APLX 640 Introduction to Research Methods 3.0
APLX ### Elective Course 3.0
APLX ### Concentration Course 1 3.0
Fourth Semester
APLX ### Concentration Course 2 3.0
APLX ### Concentration Course 3 3.0
APLX ### Concentration Course 4 (Internship) 3.0