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Program Requirements

The program of studies for each student is tailored by the individual in consultation with his/her faculty advisor and Committee on Studies, and is approved by the Committee on Studies and the coordinator of the Educational Linguistics faculty.

Each Program of Studies will meet the following requirements:

  1. At least 72 semester hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree. These 72 hours must include the following (the same course may be counted in two or more of the following areas)

a. At least the following specific core courses in Linguistics (24 hours):

  1. Phonology
    Ling 504: Phonological Analysis
    AND EITHER:
    Ling 502: Generative Theories of Phonology
    OR
    Ling 503: Phonological Representation
  2. Grammar
    Ling 522: Grammatical Analysis
    Ling 523: Functional Syntactic Theories
  3. Sociolinguistics
    Ling 531: Language in Society
    An advanced course in sociolinguistics
  4. Psycholinguistics
    Ling 567: Psychology of Language
    An advanced course in Psycholinguistics

b. At least 24 hours in the College of Education, including LLSS 640: Seminar in Language/Literacy and LLSS 645: Advanced Seminar in Foundations of Education. Courses selected in the College of Education should supplement and strengthen the student’s professional preparation in education, educational research, and the area of research focus, and should be selected in conjunction with the student’s advisor and Committee on Studies. Appropriate courses are likely to be found in the following program units in the Department of LLSS or other departments in the COE (but are not limited to these):

  • Bilingual/TESOL Education
  • Early Childhood Multicultural Education
  • Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies
  • Organization Learning and Instructional Technologies (OLIT)
  • Educational Psychology (EdPsy)
Recommended courses depend on the student’s focus area and academic background, but may include:
  • LLSS 482: Teaching English as a Second Language
  • LLSS 503: Research in Bilingual Classrooms and Communities
  • LLSS 532: The Reading Process
  • LLSS 545 Spanish-English Bilingualism
  • LLSS 551: History of American Indian Education
  • LLSS 556: 1st and 2nd Language Development in Cultural Contexts
  • LLSS 557: Language, Culture, and Mathematics
  • LLSS 558: Literacy Across Cultures
  • LLSS 559: Second Language Literacy
  • LLSS 560: Language and Education in Southwest Native American Communities
  • LLSS 564: Issues in American Indian Education
  • LLSS 566: Issues in Hispanic Education
  • LLSS 568: Alternative Assessment Practices for English Language Learners
  • LLSS 580: Seminar in the Education of the Bilingual Student
  • LLSS 582: Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
  • LLSS 583: Education Across Cultures in the Southwest
  • LLSS 593: Seminar in Bilingualism and Language Education
  • LLSS 593: Global English Issues
  • LLSS 593: Discourse Analysis in Cultural Context
  • LLSS 614: Vygotsky Seminar

c. The student must display competence at conducting research within her/his field of emphasis, as determined by the Committee on Studies. At a minimum, research courses should include one (1) course in Statistics (e.g. Ed Psych 502: Survey of Statistics in Education or a similar course) and two (2) courses in Advanced Research Methods in Linguistics and/or Education. Possible research methods courses may include, but are not limited to these:

  • LING 506: Experimental Phonetics
  • LING 513: Linguistics Field Methods
  • LING 529: Discourse Analysis
  • LING 569: Experimental Psycholinguistics
  • LLSS 502: Naturalistic Inquiry
  • LLSS 567: Home Literacy & Schooling
  • LLSS 593: Discourse Analysis in Cultural Context
  • LLSS 605: Qualitative Research in Education
  • LLSS 623: Ethnographic Research in the Classroom

d. At least 24 hours in a field of emphasis in Educational Linguistics

e. At least three of the seminars you select must be taught by members of the Educational Linguistics concentration faculty or visiting faculty, as approved by the Committee on Studies.

f. At least 24 hours taken at UNM.

g. A maximum of 45 hours transferred from other institutions.

h. At least 18 hours at the 500 or 600 level.

i. No more than 24 hours in 'problems, readings, or workshops'.

2. Competency in a language other than English is required for graduation. The minimal acceptable level of competency is a grade of B in a fourth semester of a college level course, or its equivalent.

3. At least 18 hours of dissertation (699); no more than 9 hours in each semester.