May 26, 2018  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TSL)

Adviser: Jeff Popko, Ph.D.
219 Alexander

Objectives of the program are to graduate teachers who possess a knowledge of English perceived as a second/foreign language, a knowledge of foreign language teaching and learning strategies, practical experience in applying theoretical knowledge, an awareness of the realities of the multicultural classroom and a commitment to continued professional growth.

Admission Requirements

Degree Admission
Applicants must:

  1. Satisfy Graduate School admission requirements;

  2. Submit a statement of the applicant’s reasons for pursuing this degree;

  3. Submit at least two letters of recommendation. See the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages web site for the recommendation form.

  4. Have at least one year’s college study of foreign language, or the equivalent as determined by the World Languages Department; and

  5. For regular admission, non-native speakers of English must submit a recent (no older than one year) official test score showing a high level of English language proficiency. This requires a minimum TOEFL iBt score of 92 (with minimum sub-section scores of 24 on reading, 24 on writing, 22 on speaking and 22 on listening), or an IELTS minimum score of 7 on every subtest. Students admitted with a sub-score less than 26 on the TOEFL iBT or 7.5 on any section of the IELTS may be advised to take ESLN 512  and/or ESLN 515 .

Conditional Admission
Conditional admission may be granted to students who do not meet the above admission requirements. These students will be required to take deficiency courses to meet these requirements, in addition to regular program requirements.

The TESOL program reviews completed applications February 1st and April 1st for fall admission and October 15th for winter admission. Because of the sequencing of core courses, starting the program in September semester is recommended for international students. If a student is asked to take ESL courses, a Spring or Summer start is preferable.

Course Requirements:

The M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages requires 32 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, cognate courses and restricted elective courses as follows:

Cognate Courses: 6 hours

Six hours of supportive or complementary courses from other departments should be selected with the approval of the graduate adviser. Select from the following recommended courses:

Restricted Elective Courses: 6 hours

Six hours selected in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Program Total: 33 hours


* Before enrolling in approved 400-level courses for graduate credit, students must obtain the following: (a) the recommendation of their adviser, and (b) a request form from the Graduate School. Not more than nine hours of approved  400-level courses may be used on a graduate program.

Masters of Arts-Teaching Concentrations

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Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: World Languages

The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form to the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.