Western Education'sMA | Field of Applied Linguistics

Our onsite MA in Education Studies in the field of Applied Linguistics is designed to help you succeed in your area of interest by supporting you with top-tier researchers and academics, extensive library services, and helpful administrative support.

Valuable Research Office support

Valuable Research Office support

Possibilities to attend conferences

Possibilities to attend conferences

Move into a PhD program

Move into a PhD program

Establish networking relationships

Establish networking relationships

Sarah Black

What I like about my MA program is the diverse and provoking conversations I have with my colleagues and classmates every day. My MA program helped me find resources to give me knowledge and confidence in my practise.

- Sarah Black, Graduated 2019

Beyond the program details

Admissions

Required:

  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.

Recommended:

  • Honours degree.
  • A qualification leading to certification as a teacher (e.g. B.Ed.).
  • Minimum one year of teaching experience, or experience within the field of education.

Notes & Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education and Additional Qualification course grades are not used in calculating admission averages.
  • Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis if places are available in programs. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.
  • Probationary Status:  If an applicant does not meet all of the minimum admission requirements (e.g. average below 70% and/or has only a 3-year degree plus B.Ed.) the applicant may be offered admission as a Probationary Student with Conditions.
  • Conditions:  Full-time applicants will be required to register in 2 half courses during the Fall Term and maintain a 75% average in each course to clear conditions.  Part-time applicants will be required to register in one half course in the Fall Term and one half course in the Winter Term and maintain a 75% average in each of these courses to clear conditions.

Tuition

Tuition amounts are set each year by Senate and then published on the Office of the Registrar's Fees Schedules web page. Fees are assessed once each term (Fall, Winter, Summer).

Current students can access fee information by logging into the Student Centre (use your Western email log in and password). Students are notified each term once fee amounts have been posted in the Student Centre; it is each student's responsibility to log into the Student Centre and pay fees by the due date indicated. Failure to do so may result in a late payment fee or deregistration.

For questions about fees, including how to pay fees and the methods of payment that are accepted, students should go to the Student Financial Services pages of the Office of the Registrar's web site or contact Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) at 519-661-2100.

Funding

Both internal and external funding opportunities are available for students in our Research Intensive programs.  The following funding scholarships are available at the Faculty of Education (please be aware, applicants are automatically considered for some scholarships.  The process for each is described in the link below.):

  • Academic Research Cluster Scholarships
  • Students living with disabilities
  • Indigenous students
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Masters (CGS-M)

For further details about funding opportunities available through the Faculty of Education, please visit this link.

Technology

Instructors of onsite courses use the Sakai OWL platform, although it is not required.  Access to a course in Sakai OWL is typically opened the first business day of each term. Please note that although your own access may be granted prior to the first business day, course content may not be posted until closer to the scheduled term start. Your Western University login and password is required to access the course (your Western email without the @uwo.ca and its accompanying password). Access to Sakai OWL is found here: https://owl.uwo.ca/portal.

For online courses, students are required to have access to the following:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Access to a computer that enables connection to outside websites (flexible firewall restrictions)
  • Multimedia playback capabilities (video/audio)
  • WebCam
  • Computer capable of running a recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  • Audio headset and microphone for computer

Program information

Description

Our onsite MA in Education Studies in the field of Applied Linguistics offers you an opportunity to engage with top-tier researchers and academics. Many graduates from this program hold important roles in various sectors of education at the provincial, national and international levels.  

The MA program also prepares students for advanced study and research at the doctoral level.  

MA STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE ONE OF TWO PROGRAM PATHWAYS 

8 courses + MRP (Master’s Research Project) 

6 courses + Master’s Thesis 

(Exceptional students may be invited by Curriculum faculty to fast track into our PhD program at the end of their first year.)  

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit our Faculty Research page for more information on the exciting research being conducted at the Faculty of Education. 

Important note: When submitting an application to the Master of Arts in Education Studies program, applicants must indicate their preferred Thesis Supervisor in their Statement of Intent. Applicants are advised to review the Faculty Research page and contact faculty in their area of interest to confirm that this potential exists. 

Milestones

Below is a summary of the Thesis process. Students must consult the Master's Thesis Guide (PDF), Program Policies web page, and the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies' Thesis Regulation Guide for complete thesis guidelines and regulations.

Proposal:

Once a student completes their required and elective courses (usually within the first 2 terms), the proposal will be written in the Summer term. Further information about the proposal can be found in the Master of Arts Thesis Guide: https://www.edu.uwo.ca/CSW/my-program/graduate-degrees/docs/Masters_Thesis_Guide-August_2020.pdf.

Thesis:

After the proposal is approved, you can then start writing your thesis! More details surrounding writing the thesis can be found in the Master of Arts Thesis Guide: https://www.edu.uwo.ca/CSW/my-program/graduate-degrees/docs/Masters_Thesis_Guide-August_2020.pdf.

 

Timing/delivery

The MA program in the field of Applied Linguistics is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. 

Typical times to completion: 

Full-time - 24 months (2 years) 

Part-time - 9 terms (3 years) 

A typical program of study for full-time MA students enrolled in the thesis option looks like this: 

Term

Full-time

Year 1 
Fall

3 Elective Courses

Year 1 
Winter

ED 9678 Diverse Traditions: Approaches to Educational Research

2 Elective Courses, including 1 additional research methodology course

Year 1 
Summer

ED 9693 Individual Proposal Preparation (IPP)

Year 2 
Fall

ED 9590 Thesis

Year 2 
Winter

ED 9590 Thesis

Year 2 
Summer

ED 9590 Thesis

Part-Time students can take 1-2 courses per term.

A typical program of study for full-time MA students enrolled in the MRP option looks like this: 

Term

Full - Time

Year 1 
Fall

3 courses

Year 1 
Winter

3 courses

Year 1 
Summer

2 courses

MRP

Courses

Thesis-based students are required to complete 6 courses + Thesis.  

MRP based students are required to complete 8 courses + MRP 

Thesis-based students who are in the area of Applied Linguistics are required to complete: 

  • 2 required half courses with a focus on research methodology
    • 9678 Diverse Traditions: Introduction to Educational Research
    • 1 additional research methodology course as approved by supervisor (e.g., 9621 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods)
  • 4 elective courses (as approved by supervisor), such as:  
    • Qualitative Research in Education 
    • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 
    • Teaching and Learning Vocabulary 
    • Teaching and Learning Grammar 
    • Second Language Assessment 
    • Social approaches to language learning and teaching 
    • Language Teacher Education 
    • Discourse analysis and language teaching 
    • Understanding second language learning and teaching 
    • Computer-assisted language learning 
    • Syllabus and materials design 
    • Teaching listening and speaking skills 
    • Teaching reading and writing skills 
    • Critical Issues in Language & Literacy Education 
    • Introduction to Curriculum 
    • Early Literacy Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning 
    • Critical Pedagogy 
    • Globalization and education 
    • Language, Identity, Pedagogy 
    • Advanced Topics in Curriculum 
  • Thesis

Note: In lieu of the recommended courses, up to two electives inside or outside the ARC can be made with the approval of the student's supervisor. Students may also have the option to enrol in an Independent Reading and Research Course as one of the electives.

Potential Supervisor

Researchers in the Applied Linguistics portion of this area represent an interdisciplinary field of study that investigates issues pertaining to the nature of language and language use, particularly in the field of education. The range of topics, includes:

  • Second language education
  • Second language teacher education
  • International, Heritage, Minority, Indigenous, and First Nations languages
  • Language loss, Language revitalization, Language Maintenance and Language attrition
  • Language assessment
  • Language policy and planning
  • Social approaches to languages, Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Second/Third/Multiple language acquisition

 

Members

Frank Boers

Julie Byrd Clark

Farahnaz Faez

Shelley Taylor

Stuart Webb 

 

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