Make an impact through teaching English.

In an increasingly multi-lingual world, classes need teachers who can teach English to other language speakers. With a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) you’ll have the teaching skills and english knowledge necessary to make an impact in the lives of your students. 

Southeast’s TESOL program offers real-world experience through a practicum. Students select a site to teach at, and construct a curriculum based around the needs of the students there. 

What You'll Do

As an M.A. in TESOL candidate, you’ll deepen your understanding of linguistics, first and second language acquisition, and literacy acquisition in a second or additional language as you engage in teaching and research. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Acquire basic knowledge of linguistics with emphasis on English structure, its usages, and roles in society.  
  • Design a program of language instruction for your own particular setting and learn to revise, adapt and assess the program. 
  • Receive professional attention from faculty with expertise in the field of TESOL and linguistics and guidance for and preparation with the job search process. 

What Can You Do with an M.A. in TESOL?

As an internationally, nationally, and regionally recognized program of excellence, TESOL prepares teachers for the K-12, adult, college or university setting for teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Graduates will work with children in preschool through high school, in adult education programs with refugees and immigrants, or in college and university programs. 

Career Opportunities 

  • Instructional Coordinator 
  • ESL educators overseas and in the US 
  • International Program Coordinators 

Secondary Education by the Numbers

  • 96%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of  English report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $66K

    Instructional Coordinators

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for instructional coordinators is $66,970.

  • $55K

    Adult Basic and Secondary Education and ESL Teachers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for adult basic and secondary education and ESL teachers is $55,350.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Curriculum

The time it takes to earn a degree will vary based on factors such as dual enrollment, remediation, and summer enrollment. Students meet with an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their progress.

Admission Requirements

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

TESOL – 33 Hours Required

Core requirements:

  • 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 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 fields may include composition, literature, education, foreign languages, etc.

Degree Requirements

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

The first year (12 hours):

  • TL525 (3)
  • TL648 (3)
  • TL585 (3)
  • TL601 (3)

The second year (15 hours):

  • TL620 (3)
  • TL630 (3)
  • TL530 (3)
  • TL625 (3)
  • EN686 (3)

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.

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Assistant Professor in the Department of English

"Because our students live and work around the world, they are able to teach each other about systems, cultural traditions, and current events in other countries. Having this global perspective is invaluable for teachers who will be working with learners of English as a second or additional language. "

Dr. Sarah Dietrich, Ph.D., MA in TESOL

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