Linguistic Development Education

In this specialization of the Master of Arts degree, students learn to design, create, deliver, monitor, evaluate, and improve the effectiveness of language and development curricula embedded in the context of their countries. Language teachers are key actors in the regional and global emergence of developing countries. They guide intercultural communication—from pre-school children learning bilingualism to adult language learners facing social, economic, and climatic change.

In these courses, students examine how people and countries communicate to advance their well-being. Communication occurs in a context. And it crosses boundaries. Students wishing to become language instructors or aiming to enhance their professionalism learn to use traditional and modern lenses for language acquisition and sustainable development. Such skill and knowledge are essential for outreach to and understanding of the world.

Students will learn to be competent and confident professionals of educational advancement through expanding language fluency and development knowledge and skills. Since English is presently the global lingua franca, each country’s strategic use of English is pivotal. It links regional and global discourse, science, commerce, and security. Simultaneously, other major languages shape regional communication. The study of a global language beckons people everywhere to appreciate their own assets and ideas. Students in this specialization of the Master of Arts degree examine, design, and deliver language curricula that bridge and negotiate the particular and universal attributes of communication.


Class of 2019 Academic Calendar

Term 1
Feb 26 - June 29, 2018
Term 2
Aug 20 - Dec 21, 2018
Term 3
Feb 4 - June 7, 2019
Term 4
Aug 19 - Dec. 20, 2019
Completed Application Due January 5, 2018

Class of 2020 Academic Calendar

Term 1
Aug 20 - Dec 21, 2018
Term 2
Feb 4 - June 7, 2019
Term 3
Aug 19 - Dec 20, 2019
Term 4
Feb 3 - June 5, 2020
Completed Applications Due July 15, 2018

Skills You Will Learn:

  • Use of language acquisition theory, education psychology, and age-appropriate teaching methods for curriculum development
  • Ability to balance country- and culture-specific knowledge with incisive use of a global language, such as English
  • Inter-generational and inter-disciplinary use of a global language to advance the development goals of a country
  • Ability to understand and bridge the gap of rural-urban, rich-poor, and local-global interests amidst globalization
  • Use of SWOT (strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats) analysis in defining the proactive role of teachers
  • Use of proactive action research methods for timely monitoring and analysis of curricula
  • Analysis with qualitative and quantitative key indicators of change
  • Ability to write curriculum proposals and deliver curricular planning


ACC 601
Introduction to Applied Community Change
PSK 607
Theory & Practice of Language Acquisition
PRC 601
Graduate Study Foundations
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 602
Health for All
PRC 602
Social Research Methods
PSK 608
Lifelong Development Education
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 603
Going to Scale
PRC 603
Monitoring & Evaluation
PSK 610
Bridging & Negotiating Differences
Field-based experiential learning (optional)
ACC 604
Sustainable Communities
PSK 611
Action Research for Learning Enhancement
PRC 604
Synthesis & Integration
Field-based experiential learning (optional)

Professional Skills and Knowledge Course Summaries

  • PSK 607 - THEORY & PRACTICE OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION draws on psychology and linguistic theory to create innovative, motivating, and effective methods, techniques, and strategies for combining language and development learning. Students immerse themselves in the practical steps of curriculum design and delivery for diverse age groups from pre-K to grade 12. They learn how primary and secondary levels of education support tertiary and adult learning.
  • PSK 608 - LIFELONG DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION presents the challenge of inter-generational and integrated modes of education that are basic to the quest for well-being. Students learn how a country’s pursuit of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals strategizes the balance of local contextual experience with global knowledge and collaboration.
  • PSK 610 - BRIDGING & NEGOTIATING DIFFERENCES situates language teachers in broader development literature, diverse theories of change, cross-cultural wonder, power differentials, and inter-disciplinary work. Students move back-and-forth between very different realities, beginning with rural and urban, and then rich and poor, so as to ask of their own context and work, “Whose reality counts?”
  • PSK 611 - ACTION RESEARCH FOR LEARNING ENHANCEMENT introduces students to an iterative process of continual monitoring and evaluation for improved curricular design and delivery. Students learn to refine principles, strategies, and techniques for teaching and learning excellence. They identify key indicators of change for self- and collective-evaluation of learning progress.