The graduate assistantship (GA) is designed to provide support during full-time graduate study. It’s an opportunity for the graduate students to serve in a professional role while establishing a professional relationship with faculty and administrators. In addition to a per year stipend, GAs gain valuable experience. There are two kinds of assistantships: teaching and administrative.
Outcomes & Careers
Successful Outcomes Rate
Students graduating with degrees from the Department of English report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an ESL Instructor is $59,810.
English Teacher Postsecondary
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a postsecondary English teacher is $81,340.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an interpreter is $58,140.
What You’ll Study
With a master’s degree in TESOL, you’ll complete a minimum of 33 credit hours.
In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following:
- An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
The TESOL program requires practical experience before completion of the program. Candidates meet the 33-hour requirement through course work and complete one of the following capstone options:
- A non-thesis graduate paper and comprehensive exam
- A portfolio and comprehensive exam
- A thesis and oral defense
- EN686 Sociolinguistics (3)
- TL525 Theories of ESL/EFL Learning (3)
- TL530 Practicum in TESOL (3)
- TL585 Methods and Curriculum Design for ESL/EFL (3)
- TL601 Research Methods in TESOL (3)
- TL620 Approaches to the Teaching of Grammar (3)
- TL625 Materials Development & Assessment Tools for TESOL (3)
- TL630 Special Problems in TESOL (3)
- TL648 Foundations in Linguistics (3)
Choose 6 hours from the following:*
- EN606 Topics, Issues and Trends in English (3)
- TL610 Developing Intercultural Awareness and Competence (3)
- TL650 Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Academic Language Skills to English Language Learners (3)
- TL652 Computer-Assisted-Language Learning (3)
- XXxxx Appropriate course in the field of interest, chosen with advisor
*The elective hours may not be confined to the courses listed above. Students will be advised to select courses that are appropriate to their field of interest. These files may include composition, literature, education, foreign languages, etc.
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