Mar 28, 2020
Program Mission: The Master of Arts in Communication Studies with an Option in Communication Pedagogy prepares students for teaching communication courses at two-year colleges. A combination of theoretical and applied courses, instructional practicums and supervised student-teaching provide students with a strong background in communication and pedagogical theory and the opportunity to put the theory into practice.
Admission Requirements: A limited number of students are accepted each year; admission to the program is competitive. To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (See “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”). A minimum of 18 hours in communication studies with a grade of C or better is required in order to be admitted to the program. An applicant must complete a written statement of goals, submit a writing sample and three letters of recommendation attesting to the potential for successful completion of graduate work. International applicants whose native language is not English must obtain a score of 600 or higher on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 250 of higher on the computer-based TOEFL. While students may be admitted to the Graduate School with fewer than 18 hours in communication studies, any deficiency in undergraduate communication studies hours must be made up before the student will be admitted to degree candidacy in Communication Studies.
Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically in the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications of the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved. The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the program coordinator.
The approved plan of study is the guiding document for each student’s course of study. A student, in consultation with an advisor, develops a course of study with a minimum of 39 semester hours reflecting educational development and areas of specialization. The study plan should reflect the following guidelines.
• All students are expected to take a core of 12 hours composed of CMN 5000, CMN 5005,
CMN 5030, CMN 5240. The total program (including the core but excluding CMN 5500)
is a minimum of 39 hours.
Students will complete a core of 12hours composed of the following courses:
Students will complete one of three concentration areas of 12 hours composed of the following courses:
Human Communication Processes
Total Credits: 12
Total Credits: 12
Total Credits: 12
Students will take a minimum of 9 hours of elective courses from the following:
Students must demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the discipline in order to complete their degree. To do so all students must take and successfully pass comprehensive exams covering the core classes. Students may then choose between a thesis (CMN 5950) and a creative thesis (CMN 5940). Students considering doctoral work are encouraged to complete a thesis.
The department’s primary source of financial assistance for its
graduate students is teaching assistantships in such courses as
introductory public speaking. Teaching such classes requires a
deep familiarity with American culture and with the norms and patterns
of communication embedded in that culture. Consequently, teaching
assistantships are not offered to applicants who are not native
speakers of English before they have spent sufficient time in this
country to become well acquainted with American culture.
International students who believe they have the requisite language
skills and culture knowledge for teaching communication courses to a
largely American student body may ask to be considered for teaching
assistantships. To be considered, such students must provide
evidence of proficiency in oral English. One form of evidence is
the attainment of a high score on the Test of Spoken English
(TSE). This requirement is in addition to the TOEFL score which
is required for admission.
Applications for assistantships are normally due in February with
the award for the following academic year. Graduate teaching
assistants must enroll in CMN 5500 in both the fall and spring
Information on graduate assistantships may be obtained by contacting
the Coordinator of Graduate Studies or Chair, Department of
Communication Studies, 1825 Coleman Hall, EIU.