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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Linguistics BA/English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education EdM

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Undergraduate Course Requirements

Seven Linguistics Electives (21 credits)

At least four elective courses (12 credits) must be 300/400 level. LIN 496TUT - Internship  may count only once, for 3 credits.

Graduate Course Requirements

ESOL Courses (54 credits)

  • LIN 515 - Syntax 1 OR LIN 531 - Phonetics OR LIN 538 - Semantics
  • LIN 532 - Phonology 1 OR LIN 543 - Semantics 2
  • LAI 550 - Literacy Acquisition and Instruction, Pre-K to Primary
  • LAI 579 - ESL Literacy/Focus Reading
  • LAI 581 - Linguistics for L2 Educators
  • LAI 582 - Principles of Language Acquisition
  • LAI 585 - L2 Literacy/Focus Writing
  • LAI 587 - Methods in ESL through Content Areas
  • LAI 592 - Foundations of Bilingual Education: Theory, Policies, and Practices
  • LAI 594 - Pedagogical Grammar of English
  • LAI 595 - Supervised Teaching II (6 credits)
  • LAI 667 - Field Experience
  • LAI 668 - Supervised Teaching I (3 credits)
  • LAI 674 - Seminar in Teaching
  • LAI 681 - Understanding/Teaching L2 Culture
  • LAI 682 - Assessing Second Language Proficiency
  • LAI 694 - Instructional Strategies for All Grades

Culminating Experience (0-3 credits)

  • LAI 700 Capstone OR Comprehensive Exam OR LAI 701 Individual Thesis


UB Seminar courses cannot count towards major requirements.

NYS Education Department requires students in ESOL teacher preparation programs meet the following requirement, which may be double-dipped with the Pathways UB Curriculum requirements.

  • 12 credits study of a world language other than English (i.e. American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Spanish, etc.)


* Dual listed with a graduate course and satisfies both undergraduate and graduate requirements.

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 36

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • 10 credits of Education Core*
  • At least 4 undergraduate elective credits

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 90

Total Graduate Credits Required for Degree: 54

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 144

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 in the major.

To progress to the graduate portion of the program, students must maintain a 3.000 GPA, earn a “C” grade or higher in content courses (courses in the undergraduate major); earn a “B-” or better in all education coursework (courses that begin with CEP, ELP, and LAI), and complete an interview in the Office of Educator Preparation. Students must complete these progression points by March of year three of the bachelor’s program to be eligible to register for graduate level coursework. No formal application is required for graduate school.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

  • UB Seminar Credits: 3
  • Math and Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 4
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 1 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Lab Credits: 1
  • Credits: 4 OR  Pathway Credits: 3

Total Credits: 14 or 15

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • LIN 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • LIN 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • Structure of Language Course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Fall

  • LIN 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • LIN 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • LIN 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 4
  • Communication and Literacy 2 Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

  • LAI 582LEC - Prncpls Lang Acq 1st and 2nd Credits: 3
  • LAI 585SEM - L2 Literacy/Focus Wrtng Credits: 3
  • LAI 682LEC - Assess Sec Lang Profency Credits: 3
  • LAI 594LEC - Pedagogl Grammar/English Credits: 3
  • LAI 587LEC - Methods ESL Content Areas Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fifth Year Fall

  • LIN 515LEC - Syntax 1 Credits: 3 OR LIN 531LEC - Phonetics Credits: 3​ OR LIN 538LEC - Semantics Credits: 3​
  • LAI 694LEC - Instruct Stratg Sp Nd/Gft Credits: 3​
  • LAI 550LEC - Literacy Acq/Inst Prek-Pri Credits: 3​
  • LAI 667TUT - Field Experience Credits: 3​

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Spring

  • LAI 674TUT - Seminar in Teaching Credits: 3
  • LAI 668TUT - Supervised Teaching I Credits: 3
  • LAI 595TUT - Supervised Teaching II Credits: 6

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 144

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will:

  • demonstrate a beginner-level understanding of the basic concepts associated with phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics and also apply basic analytical methods from each of these domains to analyze linguistic data.
  • demonstrate an intermediate-level understanding of key concepts in the study of sound systems and methods of phonetic and phonological analysis. Students will apply these methods and concepts to produce and transcribe speech sounds and analyze sound systems.
  • demonstrate an intermediate-level understanding of key concepts in the study of word and sentence structure and methods of morphological and syntactic analysis. Students will apply these methods and concepts to analyze word and sentence structure.
  • identify ways that different kinds of meaning are encoded linguistically and apply multiple methods for analyzing meaning from a major subfield of linguistics such as semantics, sociolinguistics, or linguistic anthropology.
  • will apply tools from several domains of linguistic analysis to understand and analyze the linguistic patterns of a specific language.

Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the Linguistics BA. In addition, graduates of the Linguistics BA/English for Speakers of Other Languages EdM program will:

  • Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
  • Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
  • Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that includes critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
  • Promote the application of research and evidence based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
  • Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.


(HEGIS: 15.05 LINGUISTICS, CIP16.0102 Linguistics)


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