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.
English: TESOL (MA) Degree Map
Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.
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)
- TL648 Foundations in Linguistics (3)
Choose 3 hours from the following:*
- EN606 Topics, Issues and Trends in English (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
Choose one with advice of program coordinator
- GR698 Master's Final Comprehensive Examination (0)
- GR699 Master's Oral Examination (0)
* 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 fields may include composition, literature, education, foreign languages, etc.
Recommended sequence of required coursework
The first year: TL525, TL648, TL585, TL601
The second year: TL620, TL630, TL530, TL625, EN686
Summer classes are available. Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to design an initial study plan that is tailored to their specific needs based on their previous experience.
The accelerated master’s degree program allows certain undergraduate students to take classes in their senior year that count for both undergraduate credit and graduate credit. Our Master of Arts in English and TESOL program’s were approved for this program. We encourage you to consider this opportunity.
If you have ever considered working on a Master’s program, this may be an excellent opportunity for you to begin.
- Junior Standing with at least 75 credit hours completed
- Maximum of 12 hours (500 level) of EN, LI or TL can be transferred to the graduate program.
- Minimum grade point average of 3.0
- In the final semester of the undergraduate program the formal graduate application must be submitted
- Tuition will be charged at the undergraduate rate.
- Course will be initially recorded as undergraduate class at the end of semester.
- After grades are submitted at the end of the semester, the courses will be added to your graduate course list for graduate credit.
- TL 525 ESL/EFL Learning and Teaching (required course)
- TL 585: Methods and Techniques for TESOL (required course)
- Then choose 2 courses from the following list –
- EN 500 History of the English Language
- EN 535 Rhetorical Theory and Written Discourse
- EN 550 Style in Writing
- LI 542 Literature for the Young Adult
- LI 576: American Fiction of the 21st Century
Dr. Irina Ustinova (email@example.com) MA TESOL
Dr. Sarah Dietrich (firstname.lastname@example.org) MA TESOL
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.
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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This degree is housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The College prepares students for lifelong careers. We boast programs that train students in problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, organization, and adaptability. Skills employers value, so we prepare you for basically any career field.
Graduate coordinators serve as the contact for graduate programs. The coordinators are most often faculty within the college that houses the program, helping you to get questions answered and first-hand knowledge of the degree requirements and placement opportunities.
Getting the Job
Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.