Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA)

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares graduate students for employment in second and foreign language teaching, program administration, and curriculum and assessment development in the U.S. and abroad, as well as for doctoral study in Applied Linguistics and related disciplines. 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT:

  • Students whose first language is English must have a minimum of two consecutive years of high school foreign language study or one year of college-level foreign language study or an equivalent. This requirement may be met in residence, but courses taken to fulfill it will not count toward the degree.
  • Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of iBT 80, IELTS 6.5, or Duolingo of 110 to be admitted to the program.

CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT Options:

  • Oral Defense Option: Requires students to conduct a primary research project and to give an oral presentation at an organized conference. Students who choose the oral defense option are required to complete 34-35 total credits.
  • Thesis Option: Requires students to write an extensive research manuscript that contributes new knowledge to the field. To pursue a thesis, students must have faculty approval. Students who choose the thesis option are required to complete 33 total credits.

Admissions and APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Please visit the Graduate Studies page for complete application requirements.

Program Requirements

Common Core

Introduction to theories and classroom practices that have shaped second language teaching and learning. Topics of study focus on prominent second language learning/acquisition theories, individual and sociocultural factors in language learning, technology-based resources that enhance language learning, as well as practical issues and applications of theory in a wide range of instructional contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Research/Methods Course(s)

Study of research paradigms and methods common in the field of TESOL/Applied Linguistics and preparation to plan and implement a research project.

Prerequisites: none

Restricted Electives

Practical Experience - Choose 3 Credit(s).

Study of current second language writing theories and practices in connection to first-year teaching assistants' teaching of basic writing and composition for multilingual writers.

Prerequisites: none

Study of current theories and practices in TESOL in connection to students' placement in a university-level ESL classroom.

Prerequisites: none

Teaching Methods - Choose 8 Credit(s).

Introduction to theory and best practices of teaching second language listening and speaking to a variety of English learners in multiple contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to theory and best practices of teaching second language grammar and vocabulary to a variety of English learners in multiple contexts - specifically focusing on content based teaching practices.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to theory and best practices of teaching second language reading and writing to a variety of English learners in multiple contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Oral Defense Option - Choose 15 - 16 Credit(s). *Only one (1) 500-level course may count in this category. Methods courses may not double count. ENG 634 may be repeated under different topics.

Introduction to theory and best practices of teaching second language listening and speaking to a variety of English learners in multiple contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to theory and best practices of teaching second language grammar and vocabulary to a variety of English learners in multiple contexts - specifically focusing on content based teaching practices.

Prerequisites: none

Introduction to theory and best practices of teaching second language reading and writing to a variety of English learners in multiple contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Exploration of state and federal legislation affecting ESL programs, current models of ESL program delivery, and Minnesota State Standards and standardized testing. Additionally, the course develops the ability to understand related students, families, and programs in context.

Prerequisites: none

This course aims to develop students┬┐ understanding of the interdisciplinary field of second language (L2) writing and, more specifically, the unique characteristics and instructional needs of L2 writers across multiple contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Exploration of second language literacy as a situated social practice. Current second language literacy theories and practices are studied and applied to a variety of second language reading and writing instructional contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Exploration of major theories of second language acquisition through supporting research and pedagogical applications.

Prerequisites: none

Examination of a special topic or topics in the field of TESOL/Applied Linguistics. Course may be repeated.

Prerequisites: none

Survey of language tests and other forms of related assessment that measure various second language abilities.

Prerequisites: none

Examination of the social factors and conventions that inform language choices, how sociolinguistic and pragmatic norms differ among social, cultural, and language groups, and how language learners acquire these norms.

Prerequisites: none

Thesis Option - Choose 12 Credit(s). *ENG 634 may be repeated under different topics.

This course aims to develop students┬┐ understanding of the interdisciplinary field of second language (L2) writing and, more specifically, the unique characteristics and instructional needs of L2 writers across multiple contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Exploration of second language literacy as a situated social practice. Current second language literacy theories and practices are studied and applied to a variety of second language reading and writing instructional contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Exploration of major theories of second language acquisition through supporting research and pedagogical applications.

Prerequisites: none

Examination of a special topic or topics in the field of TESOL/Applied Linguistics. Course may be repeated.

Prerequisites: none

Survey of language tests and other forms of related assessment that measure various second language abilities.

Prerequisites: none

Examination of the social factors and conventions that inform language choices, how sociolinguistic and pragmatic norms differ among social, cultural, and language groups, and how language learners acquire these norms.

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course

Thesis Option - Choose 3 Credit(s).

Independent capstone experience, guidelines of which are determined by the requirements of a particular program option.

Prerequisites: none

Oral Defense Option - Choose 1 Credit(s).

Independent capstone experience, guidelines of which are determined by the requirements of a particular program option.

Prerequisites: none