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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.

Students should always confirm with his/her faculty advisor that they are following the correct Program of Studies.

Program of Studies

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. Requests for transferring courses are submitted to the Committee on Studies along with appropriate course descriptions and syllabi. If the transfer is approved by the Committee on Studies, the transferred courses are listed on the Program of Studies submitted as part of the Application for Candidacy. 

Each Program of Studies must meet the following requirements:

1.  At least 72 credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree. This requirement must include the following (the same course may be counted in two or more of the following areas, but only once for the 72 credit hour requirement):

Core Courses (24 credit hours)
EDPY 502Survey of Statistics in Education (or similar course as determined by an advisor)
LING 504Phonological Analysis
LING 522
-or-
LING 523
Grammatical Analysis

Functional Syntactic Theories
LING 531Language in Society
LING 567Psychology of Language
LLSS 640Seminar in Language-Literacy
LLSS 645Seminar in Educational Studies
One course in Advanced Research Methods in Linguistics and/or Education (other Research Methods courses may be recommended by an advisor based on area of inquiry). Suggested courses include:
LLSS 605Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
LLSS 623Ethnographic Research
Area Electives (24 credit hours)
Courses selected to fulfill area electives should supplement and strengthen the student’s professional preparation in education, educational research, linguistics, and the area of research focus, and should be selected in conjunction with the student’s advisor and Committee on Studies. No more than 12 credit hours may be taken in any one department. Course options include, but are not limited to:
EDPY500- or 600-level
LING500- or 600-level
LLSS*400-, 500- or 600-level
OILS500- or 600-level
PORT500- or 600-level
SPAN500- or 600-level
Area of Focus (24 credit hours)
At least 24 credit hours in an area of focus in Educational Linguistics. Courses in this area are determined in consultation with an advisor and/or Committee on Studies.


2.  At least 18 credit hours of dissertation (699) must be completed. No more than 9 credit hours may be taken each semester,

Other Course Requirements

  • At least 24 credit hours must be completed at UNM.
  • A maximum of 45 credit hours may be transferred from other institutions.
  • At least 18 credit hours must be completed at the 500- or 600-level.
  • No more than 24 credit hours may be completed in "Problems", "Readings", or "Workshops".
  • 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.

The Program Requirements for the 2019-2020 academic year are also listed in the University Catalog at https://catalog.unm.edu/catalogs/2020-2021/colleges/education/ed-linguistics/graduate-program.html.