M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (On Campus)

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Requirements for the Master of Arts in TESOL (On Campus)

The program leading to the Master of Arts in TESOL comprises 11 courses, including both required and elective options, totaling 33 units.

Required Courses
TESL 505Second-language Acquisition3
TESL 515Teaching English Grammar3
TESL 525Teaching English Pronunciation3
TESL 545Second-language Pedagogy I 13
TESL 550Second-language Pedagogy II3
TESL 557Reflective Teaching 13
TESL 560Language Program Design3
TESL 570Second-language Assessment3
Select at least one of the following (if both selected, one counts as an elective):3
Intercultural Communication and Language Teaching
Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching
Select one of the following:3
TESOL Portfolio
Research Methods in TESOL 2
Elective Courses
Students select one course from a variety of electives. Options include:3
Special Topics in TESOL
Critical Perspectives on Christianity and English Language Teaching
Teaching EFL with Children
Thesis Preparation 3
Readings in TESOL
Total Units33

Required course for the TEFL Certificate


TESL 589 is required if thesis option is chosen. If the portfolio option is chosen, TESL 589 can be taken as an elective.


 TESL 590 may be repeated for credit

Thesis or Portfolio

To complete the program, students choose either to create a professional portfolio or write a thesis. Students who choose the portfolio must enroll in TESL 580 and develop a portfolio that demonstrates competence in each of the TESOL program learning outcomes. Students who elect to write a thesis must enroll in TESL 589 or a comparable course in research methods. Most students who elect to write a thesis will also enroll in TESL 590 as their second elective. After completing the thesis, students must provide an oral defense.

Time Requirements

Students may begin TESOL studies in either Fall I (September) or Spring I (February).

The program is offered in a four-session format: Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, and Spring II. Full-time students typically enroll in two courses per session and can complete the entire program in approximately six sessions (one-and-a-half years). Part-time students taking one course each term can complete the program in about three years.