MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Northeastern Illinois University

The M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares one to teach English in the U.S. or overseas. Within the United States, our graduates teach ESL in public and private schools, as well as in the city in community colleges and adult education programs. English language learners are the fastest growing group of students in the United States today.

The M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages gives students an understanding of the nature of language, culture, instruction, assessment, and professionalism, and their interrelationships. The M.A. in TESOL prepares one to teach English in the US or overseas. In addition, students who have a valid teaching certificate can take courses leading to the Illinois State Endorsement to teach ESL. See more below under “TESOL Endorsement”.

The program is designed for full- or part-time students, and all master’s level courses in the fall and spring are offered in the evenings.


Career Options

The M.A. in TESOL opens up career options in areas such as:

  • pre-k-12 public and private schools
  • teaching/instruction (community college levels)
  • continuing adult education
  • program administration
  • curriculum development
  • doctoral study and research
  • publishing
  • government agencies


Degree Requirements

All graduate credits must be at the 400 level.

Students enrolled in the TESOL M.A. program must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in all courses taken in fulfillment of the degree program.

All students pursuing a Master of Arts in TESOL will be required to submit a graduation project as one part of their graduation requirements. The project will consist of a capstone paper with 5 elements to be included as appendices. Students pursuing the M.A. in TESOL will be assigned an advisor early in their degree program for assistance in the preparation of the capstone paper. Please refer to the program website for specific information with regard to timing, formatting, etc.

Additionally, students can choose from two options: a thesis and a non-thesis option.

The thesis option requires 30 hours of completed coursework, including:

  1. all required courses with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and no more than two grades of C;
  2. a master’s thesis for an additional 6 hours credit.

The thesis option may be exercised only with department approval.

The non-thesis option requires 36 hours of 400-level coursework as specified with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and no more than two grades of C, plus the final capstone paper (“Graduation Project”).

Any special program design, tutored study, or independent study must be approved in advance by the graduate advisor, and also requires the approval of the instructor, department chair, and the appropriate college dean(s).

Course Requirements
Language
TESL-402 Principles Of Linguistics For Teachers 3
TESL-420 Structure Of Modern English 3
TESL-426 Advanced Linguistic Analysis 3
Culture
TESL-445 Language Variation 3
TESL-447 Pragmatics (or another culture-related course, in consultation with the advisor) 3
Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction
TESL-410 Techniques Of Teaching English As A Second Language 3
One other course, in consultation with the advisor 3
Assessment
TESL-468 Assessment Of The Limited English Proficient Student 3
Professionalism
TESL-414 Theories Of Teaching English As A Second Language 3
TESL-460 Second Language Acquisition 3
Total Hours 30


Electives


Non-thesis Option: Six credits worth of electives are selected from the list of 400-level courses approved by the TESOL graduate advisor. In addition, a limited number of courses offered by other departments may be taken as electives. See your advisor for more information.

Thesis Option: Six credits of Thesis Hours (TESL 5901-3).

TESL courses which may be taken as electives include:

TESL-409 Research Design & Methods 3
TESL-430F Structure Of Language: Tai, Kirundi, Tun, Arabic 3
TESL-433 Lexicography 3
TESL-440 Language & Literacy 3
TESL-442 Using Technology With Second Language Learners 3
TESL-447 Pragmatics 3
TESL-451 Lexically-Based Instruction 3
TESL-452 Content-Based Instruction 3
TESL-465 Experiential Preparation For Teaching English As A Second Language 3
TESL-471 Evolution Of Laws & Policies In Language Instruction 3
TESL-490F Seminar In TESL: Language & Culture 3


Requirements for the TESOL Graduate Certificate Program:


The 18-credit curriculum of the TESOL Graduate Certificate reflects the practical knowledge and skills conveyed in the five already existing TESOL graduate courses, the Adult Needs, Course Design, and Assessment course, and the 60-hour practicum.

Students are required to complete the five courses (15 credits) plus the practicum (3 credits) indicated below.

TESL-402 Principles Of Linguistics For Teachers 3
TESL-410 Techniques Of Teaching English As A Second Language 3
TESL-414 Theories Of Teaching English As A Second Language 3
TESL-420 Structure Of Modern English 3
TESL-406 Adult Needs, Design And Assessment 3
TESL-465 Experiential Preparation For Teaching English As A Second Language 3
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Last updated October 24, 2018
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1 - 4 years
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14,547 USD
In-state/neighboring state: $404.11/credit hour. Out-of-state: $808.22/credit hour. Fees: $71
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