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M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language

For those who want advanced study for a career in TESL

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Our program represents a unique, communication-based approach to TESL. Graduate students receive strong grounding in language theory while also developing the interpersonal skills necessary to provide intensive instruction to ESL students.

The program also prepares students to teach in a variety of ESL/EFL contexts, from literacy and adult education programs in the U.S. to international teaching positions.

There are three requirements for the TESL M.A.:

  1. Thirty-six hours of coursework drawn from several fields, including linguistics, English grammar, second language acquisition, language teaching, sociolinguistics, cultural studies, and computers in language teaching.
  2. A Final Portfolio, Final Exam, or a six-credit thesis. Each student receives hands-on training and works closely with faculty in the preparation of the students choice of a professional portfolio, culminating exams, or thesis.
  3. Foreign Language Requirement
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To apply to the program, please see the TESL Graduate Admissions page.

To apply for an assistantship, you must complete the admissions process above by January 15, and in addition, complete the Application for Assistantship and send this to the Graduate Secretary in English. Students with assistantships serve as ESL instructors and tutors. Limited opportunities for research assistantships and non-teaching fellowships are also available. Assistantships are highly competitive.

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