FAQs

Note: The MA in Linguistics/TESOL has been cancelled. We are no longer accepting new students. 

The information presented here is for reference purposes only.

  • How long will it take me to complete the program?
    If you attend on a full-time basis, the M.A. in TESOL takes two years (four academic semesters, excluding summer term).
  • What is the average course load per semester for full-time students?
    Three courses per semester.
  • Can I attend the program part time?
    Yes but there will be some restrictions on which courses you can take.  Consult an advisor for more information.
  • Can I complete the program at night?
    No.  Most classes are offered in the afternoon. Consult the Schedule of classes for more information.
  • Are students admitted in both the fall and spring semesters?
    We only admit students in the fall semester. Exceptions are granted only in cases of transfer students from other graduate programs in TESOL.
  • Can I transfer credits from another institution?
    You may apply up to 12 credits toward an advanced degree if…
  1. you took the course at the graduate level,
  2. the course was not applied to another degree, and
  3. your grade was “B” or higher.
  • Does the program include state certification for teaching in the public schools?
    No, our program does not lead to Illinois State certification. The emphasis in the program is on the teaching of adults.
  • What sorts of financial aid are available?
    The program offers a limited amount of financial aid in the form of tuition and service fee waivers. but does not offer any teaching or research assistantships.  On occasion, our students find assistantships in other programs. We do our best to connect applicants to appropriate sources of support.
  • How much do classes cost?
    The price of tuition at UIC varies from year to year. Please visit the Office of Admissions and Records for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees.
  • Does the program lead to a “certificate” in TESOL?
    We do not offer a TESOL “certificate,” only a M.A. The M.A. is the mostly widely accepted credential in the field.
  • Why is the M.A. degree in Linguistics? Is this different from an M.A. in TESOL?
    The M.A. in TESOL at UIC is officially known as a “Masters of Arts in Linguistics, with a specialization in TESOL.” The reason is mainly historical. When the degree program was first established, the TESOL program was housed in the Department of Linguistics. It is equivalent to an M.A. in TESOL. We also informally use the term Applied Linguistics to indicate the larger professional context.
  • How is the program different from a degree program in a School of Education? What is the emphasis of UIC’s TESOL program?
    At UIC, our primary focus is TESOL with post-secondary students–both in academic (intensive English programs, community colleges and colleges/universities) and non-academic (vocational, community) programs within the United States and in international settings. The School of Education focuses on ESL and bilingual education at the elementary and secondary levels.
  • What are the job prospects for graduates?
    Students who were able to conduct an open search, not limited to one particular city, have been successful in finding full-time employment.