Jan 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages / TESOL [M.A.]

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.

Program 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 website 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 516 .

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

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.

Department Information

World Languages | Jeff Popko, Ph.D., Department Head | 219 Alexander, 734.487.0130, apopko@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Cynthia Macknish, Ed.D., Associate Professor, 330 King Hall, 734.487.3347, cmacknis@emich.edu

Fellows Program

Paul D. Coverdell (PDC) Fellows Program in TESOL

Eligibility: Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are accepted into the MA-TESOL program will be considered for the PDC Fellows program on a competitive basis.

Benefits: PDC Fellows receive program-specific advising and support, and a ½ graduate assistantship (10 hours per week) each semester they continue in the program.

Requirements: PDC Fellows must remain in good standing (GPA 3.0+), attend regular meetings, provide support for local Peace Corps recruiters, and complete a structured internship teaching ESL in local non-profit organizations (10 hours per week). Accepted PDC Fellows who do not continue to meet the requirements will lose their benefits but may continue in the MA-TESOL program

Degree Requirements: 33 hours

The M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages requires 33 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, cognate courses and restricted elective courses as follows: