Oct 22, 2019  

English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Concentration MA

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All students who graduate with an MA in English will be able to:

Demonstrate familiarity with all three branches of the discipline of English:  literature, writing and language.

Conduct original research in their chosen area of study and write a scholarly project that reflects the conventions of the discipline.


Students who graduate with an MA in English, TESOL Emphasis, will be able to:

Demonstrate advanced and cohesive knowledge of the structure of language and its acquisition, the theories and methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages, and the relationship between language and culture.

Demonstrate effective practical application of current TESOL methodologies.


The expected length of the MA English program is five semesters.

Total Credits: 33

Degree Core


Candidates must complete one of the following options:

  1. Project paper (30-50+ pages)
  2. Two project papers (each a minimum of 20 pages)
  3. MA thesis (75-100+ pages)


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Emphasis includes extensive study of the English language and linguistics and is particularly appropriate for those who plan to teach English to speakers of other languages or do further work in linguistics.

MA TESOL Emphasis South Korea Extension Program

This program follows the on-campus MA program admissions and course requirements.  Department of English professors travel to South Korea to teach course modules.  This program is not open to new students at this time.  It is available to currently enrolled students only.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must meet the English Proficiency Requirements .
  2. Applicants must have earned a minimum of 20 semester hours (30 quarter credits) in English courses as prerequisites, including ENGL 460  (or its equivalent).
    • These prerequisites are in addition to the General Education composition requirement.
    • It is desirable to have completed an English undergraduate major of at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter credits).
    • Students taking the MA: English (TESOL) must have completed ENGL 300  (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite.
    • Applicants with fewer English prerequisite credits than the minimum number required must remove the deficiencies by taking additional English courses other than those required for the MA degree.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by having done one of the following:
    • Earned credit through the intermediate college level with a minimum average grade of C.
    • Passed an exam approved by the English Department.
    • Completed their education through secondary school in a first language other than English.

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English-language proficiency before they are accepted into any program in the Department of English.  To qualify for admission, students must obtain at least a minimum composite score on one of the following exams, with component score(s) at or above those indicated:

  1. Paper-based TOEFL (ITP) composite score of 600 with no component score lower than 55.  An additional written essay exam is required with a minimum score of 80, and an additional speaking evaluation with a score of not less than 3. 
  2. Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) composite score of 100, with Reading and Listening component scores of at least 15, Writing component score of at least 17, and Speaking component score of at least 18.
  3. MELAB composite score of 84 with no component score lower than 80.
  4. IELTS composite score of 7, with Reading, Listening, and Speaking component scores of at least 6, and a Writing component score of at least 5.

The exam must be taken within two years prior to enrollment.  Students who score below these levels may complete lanugage requirements by enrolling in Intensive English Program courses (ENSL) on campus.  Students with a score on the TOEFL ITP of 575-599 (or the equivalent on any of the four other exams) may be eligible for the Language Bridge Program which allows students to take a limited number of degree program courses while completing language proficiency requirements in Intensive English Program courses. Students in the Language Bridge Program must demonstrate language proficiency within two semesters in order to continue in the degree program.  Exceptions to these requirements may be granted by the Department of Communications on an individual basis.

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