The Master of Science degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a plan of study especially designed for those students with an interest in language and linguistics who wish to work with non-English speaking students here or abroad.
The TESOL program prepares teachers to use modern methods to meet the varying instructional needs of students of English as a second language or foreign language while encouraging such students to maintain their native languages and cultural competencies. Students receive a thorough grounding in practical skills and methods of language teaching to develop communicative competence and appropriate academic skills in English and to become professionally competent on issues involving the nature of language and language acquisition and the role of language in society.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Analyze and interpret linguistic phenomena using current linguistic theory (what language is).
- Analyze and interpret linguistic phenomena using current theories of second language acquisition (how language is learned).
- Design, implement, and assess lessons and curricula in TESOL using current methods and best practices in the profession (how language is taught).
To qualify for the Master of Science degree program in TESOL, an applicant must have completed three credits of study in a second language (non-native speakers of English may use English to satisfy this requirement). An applicant must have a GPA of 3.00 on a four-point scale both in overall undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate course work. An applicant who does not meet all of the requirements satisfactorily may be admitted conditionally at the discretion of the department, with a cumulative GPA between 2.40 and 2.99.
Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admissions Office:
- Graduate Application Form;
- Official undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts from every institution attended except CCSU; and
- Application fee.
To the English Department (Attn. TESOL Coordinator), at the same time that application materials are submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office:
- Letter of application detailing reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study in TESOL and career plans and goals in TESOL
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic or professional work
No applications will be considered until all materials have been received. Applications will be evaluated by the department on an ongoing basis.
Before degree candidates register for course work they should read the program brochure and consult with their assigned advisors at the start of their programs. Additional information may be obtained from the advisor and in this catalog under General Information.
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