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Students seeking a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language pursue an interdisciplinary program of studies integrating TESL theory and practice. The program offers courses on TESL theory, methodology and language structure, as well as a TESL practicum.


Students pursuing this degree will complete a total of 33 hours: six hours of language courses, 12 hours of pedagogy courses, three hours of research, nine hours of electives and three hours of capstone.  Required courses include Linguistics, TESL Grammar, Practicum in TESL, Resting/Eval in the Bilingual/ESL Classroom, Second Language Acquisition, Teaching English as a Second Language, Foundations of Educational Research and TESL Portfolio. 

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Requirements for Admission

  • Online application for admission.
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from accredited institutions. Transcripts must show:
    • A minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA (overall) or 3.0 undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours completed); and 15 hours of undergraduate English with a 3.0 GPA. 
    • Students may gain conditional admission by achieving a score of 150 (verbal) and 4.5 (analytical writing) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 
  • Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency.