Students seeking the master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language pursue an interdisciplinary program of studies integrating TESL theory and practice. The program offers courses on TESL theory, methodology, and language structure, as well as a TESL practicum.

Admission Requirements

Submit the following items to:
Jackson College of Graduate Studies
100 N. University Drive, NUC 404
Edmond, OK 73034

  • Online application for admission (
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from accredited institutions. Transcripts must show:
    • A minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA (overall) or 3.0 undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours completed); and 15 hours of undergraduate English with a 3.0 GPA.
    • Students may gain conditional admission by achieving a score of 150 (verbal) and 4.5 (analytical writing) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency.

*Students falling below these standards may qualify for conditional admission.

Other Requirements

  • Plan of Study. Each student must file a plan of study with his/her graduate program advisor and the Jackson College of Graduate Studies by the end of the first semester of graduate work. The plan must be signed and dated by the graduate program advisor before it can be considered official.
  • Academic Standards. Meet the following coursework standards:
    • Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.
    • No more than six hours of “C”.
    • No more than six advisor-approved hours from traditional correspondence courses.
    • At least 20 of 32 total hours must be in Graduate English courses
  • Language Requirement. Demonstrate reading knowledge of one foreign language in one of the following ways:
    • Pass a foreign language reading examination administered by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultural Studies.
    • Earn a “C” or better in a minimum of six credit hours in a single foreign language at the University of Central Oklahoma. These hours will not count toward the MA degree.
    • Produce evidence of having earned a “C” or better in a minimum of six credit hours in a single foreign language at an approved college or university. These hours will not count toward the MA degree.
  • Capstone Experience. Complete ENG 5803 (TESL Portfolio).
  • Final Requirements. Apply for graduation through the JCGS by the advertised deadline.

Graduation Requirements

Language Courses (6 hours)

Course Title
ENG 5343 Linguistics
ENG 5413 TESL Grammar

Pedagogy Courses (12 hours)

Course Title
ENG 5900 Practicum in TESL
TESL 5313 Testing/Eval in the Bilingual/ESL classroom
TESL 5763 Second Language Acquisition
TESL 5783 Teaching English as a Second Language

Research Course (3 hours)

Course Title
PTE 5013 Foundations of Educational Research

General Electives (9 hours)

Nine hours of English (ENG) coursework, with advisor approval.

Capstone Experience (3 hours)

Course Title
ENG 5803 TESL Portfolio


International Scholarships

The University of Central Oklahoma is committed to providing affordable tuition to our students and their families from all over the world. UCO recognizes and rewards student achievements by offering scholarships and awards on the basis of academic merit, talent in the fine arts or athletics. Other awards are based upon financial need. Students may qualify for both types of awards.

On-campus employment is also available to assist international students with their cost of living. International students may apply for on-campus jobs and work up to 20 hours per week after they arrive. On-campus employment is not guaranteed.

Future Students

  • For a full list of Scholarships available to Undergraduate Freshman students, please Click here.
  • For a full list of Scholarships available to Undergraduate Transfer students, please Click here.
  • For a full list of Scholarships available to Graduate students, please Click here.

Please note that applying for most of these scholarships does not require any action from a student. Scholarship decision is made by an Admission's Advisor based on your academic and English proficiency scores. The exceptions are President's Leadership Council, Leaders of Tomorrow Council and Legacy Non-Resident Waiver Scholarships.

Current Students

  • Leadership Scholarship - $400 (one-time award).
    Each Spring semester, several applicants will be awarded pending funding by the administration. The elected ISC President will be awarded $1000.00 each Spring and Fall semester.
  • International Pageant Scholarship - Scholarship amounts are granted each Spring for the top three winners of the male and female category.
  • Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Scholarship - up to $1,000 (one-time award). The scholarship is awarded to students based on their GPA and leadership involvement while studying at UCO.
  • For a list of other scholarship opportunities, please refer to UCO Scholarships and UCO Scholarship Application Utility.

*In most cases, scholarships are stackable but may not exceed the cost of tuition.

Cost & Fees

  • Resident General Tuition Fee per credit hour $268.75
  • Non-Resident General Tuition Fee per credit hour $396.00
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 10, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
731 USD
General fee: $282.75 / Nonresident fee: $417.00 Total: $731.05 (per international credit hour)
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