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TESOL | Master's Program

MA in TESOL Program Requirements

Degree Requirements
  • 36 credit hours of approved TESOL course work 
  • Completion of a teaching portfolio compiled during course of study
  • An oral comprehensive examination taken after completion of all required course work and the teaching portfolio
  • Thesis or nonthesis option

Course Requirements

Core Courses (27 credit hours)

  • TESL-500 Principles of Linguistics (3)
  • TESL-501 English Language Teaching I (3)
  • TESL-502 English Language Teaching II (3)
  • TESL-503 Structure of English (3)
  • TESL-522 Language Acquisition (3) or TESL-523 Second Language Acquisition (3)
  • TESL-531 Language Assessment (3)
  • TESL-541 Teaching Grammar (3) or TESL-542 Teaching Pronunciation (3)
  • TESL-620  English Language Teaching III (3) (waived for students in the AU/Peace Corps program)
  • One of the following:
  • ANTH-537 Topics in Language and Culture (3)
  • ANTH-544 Topics in Public Anthropology: Anthropology of Education (3)
  • TESL-527 Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3)
  • or other approved course dealing with language and sociocultural issues

Electives (9 credit hours)

  • Three courses as approved by the student’s advisor from the following:
  • ANTH-537 Topics in Language and Culture (3) (if not taken in core)
  • ANTH-544 Topics in Public Anthropology: Anthropology of Education (3) (if not taken in core)
  • EDU-647 Global and Multicultural Education (3)
  • TESL-522 Language Acquisition (3) (if not taken in core)
  • TESL-523 Second Language Acquisition (3) (if not taken in core)
  • TESL-524 Reading and Writing in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3)
  • TESL-527 Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3) (if not taken in core) 
  • TESL-528 Foundations of Bilingual Education (3)
  • TESL-531 Language Assessment (3)
  • TESL-541 Teaching Grammar (3) (if not taken in core)
  • TESL-542 Teaching Pronunciation (3) (if not taken in core)
  • TESL-545 Curriculum and Materials Design (3)
  • TESL-554 Technology for Language Learning and Teaching (3)
  • TESL-560 TESOL Topics (1–3)
  • TESL-691 Internship (1–6)
  • TESL-693 Peace Corps Internship (6) (required for students in the AU/Peace Corps program)
  • Thesis option: completion of TESL-797 Master’s Thesis Research (6) in lieu of 6 hours of electives listed above (the thesis option is not available to students in the AU/Peace Corps program)
  • Nonthesis option: 9 elective credit hours
  • Grades of B or better are required for all courses taken for the thesis or nonthesis option.