Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA)
Admission to the Program
Applicants to the master's program in TESOL are subject to the minimum university requirements for admission to graduate study. Further, a grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the undergraduate major and two letters of academic reference are required. It is strongly recommended that native speakers of English have some background in at least one other language. Applicants whose native or first language is not English must demonstrate proof of language proficiency by submitting satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test. Part-time as well as full-time students are welcome in the program.
- 36 credit hours of approved TESOL coursework
- Completion of a teaching portfolio compiled during course of study
- An oral comprehensive examination taken after completion of all required coursework and the teaching portfolio
- Thesis or nonthesis option with grades of B or better in all courses
Core (27 credit hours)
- TESL-600 Principles of Linguistics (3) (3)
- TESL-601 English Language Teaching I (3) (3)
- TESL-602 English Language Teaching II (3) (3)
- TESL-604 Writing and Research in TESOL (3) (3)
- TESL-620 English Language Teaching III (3) (3) (waived for students in the MIP program)
- TESL-622 Language Acquisition (3) (3)
- TESL-623 Second Language Acquisition (3) (3)
- TESL-627 Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3) (3)
- TESL-631 Language Assessment (3) (3)
- TESL-641 Teaching Grammar (3) (3)
- TESL-642 Teaching Pronunciation: Theory and Practice (3) (3)
Thesis or Nonthesis Option (9 credit hours)
Complete one of the following options with grades of B or better:
Note: The thesis option is not available to students in the MIP program.
- TESL-797 Master's Thesis Research (1-6) (1-6) (6 credit hours required) with grade of B or better
- 3 credit hours of electives listed below with grades of B or better
Complete 9 credit hours as approved by the student's advisor from the following with grades of B or better:
- ANTH-537 Topics in Language and Culture (3) (3)
- TESL-560 TESOL Topics (1-3) (1-3)
- TESL-603 Structure of English (3) (3)
- TESL-622 Language Acquisition (3) (3) (if not taken in core)
- TESL-623 Second Language Acquisition (3) (3) (if not taken in core)
- TESL-624 Reading and Writing in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3) (3)
- TESL-626 Foundations and Methods of Bilingual Education (3) (3)
- TESL-641 Teaching Grammar (3) (3) (if not taken in core)
- TESL-642 Teaching Pronunciation: Theory and Practice (3) (3) (if not taken in core)
- TESL-645 Curriculum and Materials Design (3) (3)
- TESL-654 Technology for Language Learning and Teaching (3) (3)
- TESL-691 Internship (1-6) (1-6)
- TESL-693 AU/Peace Corps Internship (6) (6) (required for students in the MIP program)
Combined Bachelor's Degree and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA)
American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.
In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:
- Undergraduates whose overall grade point average is 3.00 or higher will be considered for the combined program.
- Applications must be accompanied by two letters of academic reference and a statement of purpose.
- Students should discuss their interest in the program with the TESOL MA director before submitting a formal application.
Note: This program is not designed for K-12 ESOL licensure.