Tel Aviv University – Israel’s largest, most vibrant and most comprehensive institution of higher education – offers a streamlined M.A. program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), designed to prepare individuals for a wide variety of exciting international career opportunities in the English teaching profession. Spanning three semesters and taught entirely in English, the program combines academic studies with practical teaching experience in the Israeli school system. Since its inception in 2003, the M.A. TESOL program has attracted students from around the world.
The M.A TESOL program prepares graduates for global career opportunities in the field of English language learning and instruction. Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides opportunities for professional growth in teaching, research, program development and administration. Taught by world-renowned experts in the field, this innovative program combines advanced academic study with practical teaching experience. Gain expertise in the latest trends in the field while receiving individualized guidance and hands-on experience in the classroom.
- Teaching internship in the Israeli school system, including in higher education and refugee program.
- Classroom theory is complemented with field trips and extracurricular activities.
- Optional thesis track.
- The program is open to students with no background in English language teaching.
The M.A. TESOL program prepares graduates for exciting global career opportunities in teaching, research, program development and administration, instructional material and test development, professional training, language coaching and more.
Upon completion of the program, our graduates have found positions teaching in schools, in higher education, and in other private and public educational contexts-- in Israel, in their home countries, and around the globe. Some have opened their own programs, such as an English-speaking nursery school in Israel.
Graduates are also working as English language coaches in the business sector, in educational publishing, and in language testing and consulting. Others have continued on to Ph.D. programs in prestigious universities around the world. Graduates have also combined their TESOL expertise with that gained in their undergraduate studies and have carved out their own career niche--for example, in speech therapy or in teaching English through drama.
Please note: Teaching certification is required in order to teach in public schools and requirements vary according to the context (for example, in the USA, requirements may vary from state to state). In Israel, a graduate of the TESOL program is expected to get teaching certification through the Ministry of Education –some course requirements will have already been fulfilled by the TESOL program.
Application Materials and Requirements
Applicants are asked to submit the following with their online application form (all documents must be in original and sent from their source):
Copy of bachelor’s degree diploma.
Official transcripts from all higher education institutions you have attended.
General GPA requirement of 80 on a scale of 100, 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, or C on the ECTS scale. These are approximate and candidates with other strengths are also encouraged to apply.
If your transcripts are not written in English, you will need to acquire a translated copy which will need to be notarized for authenticity.
Two letters of recommendation, from academic and/or professional sources.
This personal essay must be up to three pages in length and should include your interest in pursuing the M.A. Program in TESOL; how the program fits into your overall professional growth; and how you will contribute to the program and class dynamics.
Your TOEFL or IELTS exam scores, if your native language is not English or your previous academic degree was not taught in English.
Minimum TOEFL requirements: 573 on the paper-based test; 230 on the computer-based test; and 89 on the internet-based test. The University's Code is 7704.
Minimum IELTS requirements: Overall Band Score of 7.0.
$100 USD application fee, payable by credit card or bank transfer.
One passport sized photo.
A Health Declaration (to be filled out by the applicant) and a Medical Form (to be filled out by a licensed doctor). Both forms are not mandatory while an applicant's file is marked as 'Under Review,' but are highly suggested to be sent in as soon as possible.
In exceptional cases, students may be accepted after the deadline.
How to Apply
Please complete the online application. Detailed instructions for accessing the online application system:
1. Click on the link above.
2. If you have not already done so, create a profile by clicking the appropriate link. Please make a note of your username and password.
3. Log in to the Student Portal using the username and password you chose.
4. Within the “Quick Links” section, click on “Apply to a Program.”
5. On the next screen, select “M.A. in TESOL” for the year you are applying.
After you have created your profile, simply fill out the application questionnaire online, upload your medical form, e-mail your personal essay to the Admissions Committee, and submit your original transcripts to TAU International office closest to you. The application module also asks you to list the individuals who will be providing academic or personal recommendations on your behalf; we will contact them directly to request their input.
Please note that when reporting details such as your standardized test scores and proficiency in additional languages, it is important to click the “Add” button after you have entered the information.
Each application is assessed on an individual basis according to grades, test scores, essay, and recommendations. At its discretion, the Admissions Committee may also decide to conduct personal interviews with certain applicants. Individuals residing outside of Israel will be interviewed via Skype or telephone.
Once the online application is completed, prospective students will submit two letters of recommendation, a Health Declaration form (after acceptance, students are required to fill out a medical form by their physician) transcripts, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (for whom it is applicable).
Costs & Funding
Amounts below are given in US$.
$15,250 + $1,450 intensive Hebrew program (Compulsory for beginners).
Scholarships and Funding
TAU International is committed to making education accessible to all students, regardless of their financial backgrounds, and several sources of funding are available, including need-based tuition assistance, delayed payment plans, and external scholarships. TAU also participates in U.S. federal student loan programs. See our extensive information on funding options for international applicants.
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