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What Is Required for the MA in TESL?

Prerequisite Course

ENGL 4110 Introduction to Linguistics (3 cr.)

Introduction to the study of language as a system of human communication.  (This class may count as the department approved elective.)

Required Graduate Courses (30 credit hours)

ENGL 4120 Language & Culture (3 cr.)

Exploration of the nature of culture and its impact on perceptions, communication, behavior, and ways of learning with emphasis on its influence on school achievement.

ENGL 5010 Introduction to Graduate Study--TESL (3 cr.)

Introduction to understanding research in the fields of linguistics, applied linguistics, and teaching English to speakers of other languages.  Focuses on identifying major research trends, finding articles, and writing essays on research in these fields.

ENGL 5110 Grammar for Teaching English as a Second Language (3 cr.)

Examination of the morphological and syntactic structures of English and exploration of how to teach them to speakers of other languages.

Prerequisite:  ENGL 4110 (may be taken concurrently)

ENGL 5120 Second Language Acquisition (3 cr.)

Survey of second-language acquisition research and theories and their implications for pedagogy.

ENGL 5800 TESL Methods (3 cr.)

Exploration of past and current practices in planning, implementing, and managing instruction of second language learners.

ENGL 5820 Assessment and Professionalism in TESL (3 cr.)

Exploration of guidelines for ESL services, support, and advocacy; standards for achievement; and interpretation of formal and informal assessments of students, courses, and programs.

ENGL 5860 Teaching English as a Second Language I:  The Spoken Language (3 cr.)

Examination of the structures of oral English and the processes involved in its production and comprehension in relationship to the teaching and learning of ESL. 

Prerequisites:  ENGL 5120 and ENGL 4110 (both may be taken concurrently)

ENGL 5870 Teaching English as a Second Language II:  The Written Language (3 cr.)

Examination of the structures of written English and the processes involved in its production and comprehension in relationship to the teaching and learning of ESL. 

Prerequisite:  ENGL 4110 (may be taken concurrently)

ENGL 5880 TESL Capstone (3 cr.)

Examination of the history of the field of ESL teaching and the development of a portfolio that will demonstrate the level of mastery of the field of TESL required by the TESOL/NCATE standards.

ENGL 5890 Practicum in TESL (3 cr.)

Supervised experience in planning and implementing standards-based ESL and content instruction under the direction of a TESL faculty member.

Prerequisites:  ENGL 4110, ENGL 5120, and either ENGL 5860 or ENGL 5870

Department Approved Graduate Electives (3 credit hours) 

Language Requirement

For Native English Speakers:   

2 semesters of college-level foreign language or successful completion of the CLEP Foreign Language Exam at Level II.

For Non-Native English Speakers:  

TOEFL score above 565 (paper) or 225 (computer) or 85 (Internet) and passing scores on the university administered spoken and written English placement tests or the successful completion of ENGL 1180: Spoken English as a Second Language &/or ENGL 1190: Written English as a Second Language.

Optional Thesis

Students interested in the thesis option should meet with the TESL Program Coordinator during their first semester of graduate study.

Program Length

The MA in TESL typically requires two full years of study.