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World Languages Education

World Languages Education

World Languages Education M.Ed.

The World Languages Education graduate program prepares students to continue and expand on their work as teachers of world languages at a variety of levels including PK-12 school systems and higher education. Designed to build on the experiences of PK-12 world language teachers, the program explores ways to teach languages in authentic and meaningful ways through the use of comprehension-based communicative teaching and learning. 

The program also accommodates and supports adult learners seeking teacher certification in world language or those interested in teaching college-level world languages. Recent graduates teach world languages at all grade levels, work as curriculum developers and writers, serve as curriculum directors for their local school districts, work as professional development experts, and are on faculty as world language educators at universities throughout the United States. World languages education continues to be a high-need area and, as such, graduates from this program are in high-demand at both the PK-12 school level and in higher education.

To increase knowledge and proficiency in the target language and culture, students are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the many study abroad opportunities offered through the University of Oklahoma.

Core: 12 hours

  • Studies in Teaching and Learning (3 hours)           
  • Studies in Cultural Diversity (3 hours)           
  • Research (6 hours)
Concentration: 21-24 hours
Culminating Experience: 0-3 hours

Thesis: EDUC 5980
Non-Thesis: EDUC 6930 or EDUC 5972 

Visit the Course Catalog for course descriptions.


Students in the Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum Master's Program take courses in:

  • Teaching and Learning,
  • Cultural Diversity,
  • Research Methodology, and
  • the Specialization Areas in which they are admitted.

The master's degree requires completion of 36 semester credit hours of graduate coursework.  Approximately 15 hours of coursework are taken as part of the course instructional requirement.  The remaining credit hours will be completed in the specialty area.  All students must successfully complete a thesis, project, or comprehensive examination.

The thesis option requires a written paper and oral defense as fulfillment of the final evaluation.  The project will require a written paper that will be a descriptive problem related to the individual's professional field.  Projects willl be evaluated by the area faculty.  Comprehensive examination questions will be determined and evaluated by area faculty.

Applicants for programs leading to the Master of Education degree in the Department of Instructional Leadership must present the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Science in any discipline as conferred by the University of Oklahoma or the equivalent, and meet all the prerequisites for graduate courses.

Prospective students are encouraged to seek additional information by contacting the college graduate programs officer, Mike Jenkins, or the department chair, Dr. Kristy Brugar.

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