Master of Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program prepares exemplary educational leaders in the field of second language teaching and learning. We are dedicated to providing candidates with in-depth knowledge of theories of second language acquisition and methodologies, which promote second language literacy and learning at all educational levels. Program faculty shares the philosophy expressed by many educators and that is teaching and learning is a lifelong process. Our program models this philosophy by supporting the development of lasting professional relationships among classmates, graduates, and faculty. The theoretical and practical training offered in our master’s program allows students and graduates to work and teach in variety of language settings. We guide our students to construct their own educational philosophies within a framework which recognizes and values the many ways learners participate in and contribute to the learning communities in the classrooms.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Articulate theories, processes, and principles of second language acquisition and second language literacy.
  • Examine the linguistic, sociocultural, cognitive, and psychological foundations of language and literacy.
  • Identify instructional strategies and materials that promote the acquisition of language and literacy for English language learners (ELLs).
  • Evaluate informal and formal assessments for ELLs.
  • Engage in reflective analysis of personal beliefs and systematic inquiry into diverse cultures in order to construct a pedagogy in which diversity is an explicit part of the curriculum.
  • Integrate technology to enhance the learning opportunities of ELLs.
  • Conduct research in second language learning and teaching.

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in TESOL must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Writing sample
Master of Education in TESOL
Required Courses
BESL 5302Soc Cult Lang Infl On Learning3
BESL 53042nd Lang Acquisition & Develop3
BESL 5311Applied Linguistics in ESL/EFL Settings3
BESL 5313ESL / EFL Methodology3
Specified Courses
Select two or more from the following:18
Computer Assisted Language Learning in English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language
Second Language Assessment
English for Specific Purposes
Action Research in Second Lang
Teaching Second Lang Writing
Second Language Literacy
Select the rest from the following:
Integrating Curnt Tech In Tchg
Curriculum Dev-Early Child Edu
Lang & Lit Dev In Young Child
Curr Pract-Early Child Setting
Buildg Rel With Div Fam& Child
Theor. Perspctv-Early Child Ed
Development Of The Young Child
Gaming and Literacy
Survey Of Reading
Literacy & Learning Grade 8-12
Digital Literacy and Pedagogy
Digital Literacies & Policy
Language Arts: Theory & Instr
Imprvmt In Sec Sch/Adult Pop
Lit & Instr Mat In Rdg Progs
Cognition & Emergent Literacy
Total Hours30