NOTE: Admissions to the JLP option have been suspended for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
The JLP option provides students with a vigorous training in pedagogy to teach Japanese as a foreign and heritage language while they further develop Japanese language ability. The JLP option has two goals. Upon successful completion of the option, students should be able to (1) apply their pedagogical knowledge and skills, which they have acquired in the course work, to their teaching, and (2) develop Advanced-level proficiency of Japanese language based on ACTFL’s Proficiency Guidelines. All courses are taught in Japanese.
Students should see the Graduate Advisor to file Advancement to Candidacy after at least 6 units but no more than 15 units of graduate coursework are completed. We encourage students to complete their MA within two-three years.
Advancement must take place at least two semesters prior to taking the Comprehensive Exams. The Comprehensive Examination Approval Form must be filed with the department at the time of Advancement. Advancement to Candidacy is a formal contract listing courses the student has taken, is taking, and will take. Changes to contract may be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
The comprehensive examination is two questions selected from a set of five questions established by the candidate’s comprehensive examination committee of three faculty members. The candidate has six hours to complete the comprehensive exam.