MA in Teaching English as a Second Language

Northern Arizona University

Program Description

MA in Teaching English as a Second Language

Northern Arizona University

Our TESL degree combines a strong theoretical foundation in applied linguistics with practical training in the teaching of English to people who speak other native languages.

Program goals

The principal goals of the program are to:

  • provide the linguistic theory necessary for ESL/EFL teachers
  • equip teachers with the practical skills needed for effective language teaching
  • prepare students for further study in English language teaching, applied linguistics, and related fields

Tracks

The MA-TESL program has three tracks:

Applied Linguistics NOTE: These coursework plans are for advising purposed ONLY. These are unofficial documents (Coursework Plan)

Language Teaching NOTE: These coursework plans are for advising purposed ONLY. These are unofficial documents (Coursework Plan)

Language Teaching for Practicing Teachers

Length of program

The MA-TESL program is a one-and-a-half to two-year course of study. If you have a teaching assistantship, you should plan on a two-year commitment.

This program of study combines a strong theoretical foundation in applied linguistics with practical training in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. The principal goals of the program are to provide the linguistic foundations for English as a second/foreign language teaching, equip teachers with the practical skills needed for effective language teaching, and prepare students for further study (including doctoral-level studies) in applied linguistics and related fields. This advanced degree offers students options to pursue different combinations of required and elective classes to meet their needs.

What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language?

The MA TESL degree provides students with the theory and practical skills needed for effective language teaching and related career paths. It also prepares students for further study in applied linguistics and related fields. The degree opens up many career opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Teacher of English as a second language (in English speaking countries) in, for example, university intensive English programs, community colleges, adult education programs, language programs for new immigrants and refugees
  • Teacher of English as a foreign language (in non-English speaking countries), in, for example, universities, private language schools, binational centers, English for academic purposes foundation programs
  • Language program coordinator or administrator
  • Test developer
  • Teacher trainer
  • Curriculum/materials specialist (for publishing houses)
  • English Language Fellow, U.S. Peace Corps teacher
  • ESL coordinator in K-12 contexts (for those who enter the program with teaching credentials)

University Requirements

To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

You must additionally complete:

  • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
  • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.

  • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
  • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
  • Transcripts

For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy

International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy

Individual program admission requirements include:

  • Personal Letter of Intent (2-3 pages in length)
  • 2 letters of recommendation required only for those MA TESL applicants applying for Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), students will have the ability to:

Apply knowledge of

  • the social and regional diversity of English,
  • the history of the English language,
  • the structure and uses of the English language,

English language discourse processes, and

genres to English language teaching and learning

Apply critical and analytical skills to effective English language use and to English language instruction

Understand second language learning processes in diverse cultural and educational contexts and the implications for language teaching and assessment

Integrate technology into language instruction and materials development

Evaluate language program effectiveness

Apply knowledge of cross-cultural communication to teacher-student interactions, materials development, lesson plans, course design, community interactions, and assessment instruments

Apply knowledge of theoretical and practical issues from applied linguistics and ESL methodology to innovative and effective English language teaching practices

Become active professionals in Applied Linguistics and related fields through participation in professional development seminars; local, national, and international conferences; practice teaching; research experience; and/or in doctoral programs.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 23, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
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18 - 24 months
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USA - Flagstaff, Arizona
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