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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

MA TESL

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/tesl/teslma.html


Designed for both native and non-native speakers of English, the Masters Degree in TESL prepares candidates for employment in teaching in both U.S. and international contexts, including two- and four-year institutions at the college or university level, program administration, curriculum consulting, and materials development as well as preparation for doctoral study.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should

  • Fill out the online application and include the following:
  • One-page personal statement describing the applicant’s background and goals
  • $40 application fee (May be paid online with a credit card)
  • Official transcripts from the undergraduate degree-granting institution (application can be considered with unofficial transcripts but full admission requires official transcripts)
  • If interested, apply for graduate assistantship here (additional materials will be required)
  • International students should also submit the following documents to the Graduate Studies Office:

    The GRE is not required for admission.

    Tuition

    Information on Graduate Tuition and Fees are available at the Campus Hub.

    International Students are eligible for in-state tuition.

    Program Requirements

    • Language Requirement: all TESL degree candidates must fulfill a language requirement.
      • Candidates who are native speakers of English must have a minimum of two consecutive years of the same foreign language at the college level (or the equivalent). This foreign language requirement may be met in residence, but courses taken to fulfill it will not count toward the degree.
      • Candidates whose native language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the Internet based-test to enter the program. Anyone with a score below 575/89 will be asked to take skill-based English-placement tests upon arrival to determine whether additional EAP (English for Academic Purposes) courses are required.
    • Capstone Requirement: all TESL degree candidates must complete a capstone project, Oral Defense or Thesis.
      • Oral Defense: Most students complete this option, which requires the student to conduct a primary research project and to give an oral presentation at an organized conference such as the English Department Graduate Student Conference and/or any TESL-related conference.
      • Thesis: The thesis option is available for those few students whose future goals require a larger project. The thesis is an extensive original research paper that should result in a significant contribution to new knowledge. Choosing the thesis option is done with TESL faculty approval only.
    • Coursework: (see below)

    Oral Defense Capstone Option: 34 credits 

    Required Courses (26 credits)

    Course # Course Title
    Credits
    ENG 586 Theories of Teaching ESL

    4

    ENG 587 Methods of Teaching ESL

    4

    ENG 627 Research Seminar in TESL

    3

    ENG 629 Second Language Literacy Development

    3

    ENG 633 Second Language Acquisition

    3

    ENG 634 Topics in TESL

       3

    ENG 686 Second Language Assessment

    3

    ENG 689 Studies in Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics

    3

    Elective Courses in TESL (8 credits)

    Choose two of the following

    Course # Course Title
    Credits
    ENG 582 Teaching English Pronunciation and Discourse

    4

    ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English

    4

    ENG 585 Language and Culture in TESL

    4

    NOTE: At least 50% of all coursework must be taken at the 600-level.

    Thesis Capstone Option: 33 credits

    Required TESL Courses (26 credits)

    Course # Course Title
    Credits
    ENG 586 Theories of Teaching ESL

    4

    ENG 587 Methods of Teaching ESL

    4

    ENG 627 Research Seminar in TESL

    3

    ENG 629 Second Language Literacy Development

    3

    ENG 633 Second Language Acquisition

    3

    ENG 634 Topics in TESL

       3

    ENG 686 Second Language Assessment

    3

    ENG 689 Studies in Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics

    3

    Elective Courses in TESL (4 credits)

    Choose one of the following

    Course # Course Title
    Credits
    ENG 582 Teaching English Pronunciation and Discourse

    4

    ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English

    4

    Thesis

    Course # Course Title
    Credits
    ENG 699 Thesis

    3

    NOTE: At least 50% of all coursework must be taken at the 600-level, excluding thesis credits.

    Course Sequence

    The TESL faculty suggests that students follow the course sequence below that fits the semester in which the student begins the program.

    MA Face-to-Face (Fall Start)

    Semester Fall Spring Fall Spring
    Start in Fall of an even year (2014, 2016) ENG 586
    ENG 689
    ENG 584
    ENG 627
    ENG 633
    ENG 582
    ENG 629
    ENG 634
    ENG 587
    ENG 686
    Start in Fall of an odd year (2015, 2017) ENG 586
    ENG 629
    ENG 584
    ENG 627
    ENG 633
    ENG 582
    ENG 634
    ENG 689
    ENG 587
    ENG 686

    MA Face-to-Face (Spring Start)

    Semester Spring Fall Spring Fall
    Start in Spring of an even year (2016, 2018) ENG 584
    ENG 686
    ENG 586
    ENG 629
    ENG 634
    ENG 587
    ENG 627
    ENG 633
    ENG 582
    ENG 689
    Start in Spring of an odd year (2015, 2017) ENG 584
    ENG 686
    ENG 586
    ENG 629
    ENG 689
    ENG 587
    ENG 627

    ENG 633

    ENG 582
    ENG 634

    MA Hybrid

    Semester Fall Spring Fall Spring
    Start in an even year (2014, 2016) ENG 586*
    ENG 629
    ENG 584*
    ENG 627
    ENG 633
    ENG 582*
    ENG 634
    ENG 689*
    ENG 587*
    ENG 686
    Start in an
    odd year (2015, 2017)
    ENG 586*
    ENG 689*
    ENG 584*
    ENG 627
    ENG 633
    ENG 582*
    ENG 629
    ENG 634
    ENG 587*
    ENG 686

    *Online courses

    Contacts

    For more information about the TESL MA program, please contact

    Professor Sarah Henderson Lee
    TESL Program Director
    Department of English
    Minnesota State University, Mankato
    230 Armstrong Hall
    Mankato, MN 56001
    E-mail: sarah.henderson-lee@mnsu.edu

    For more information about applying for English Graduate Studies, please contact

    Professor Geoff Herbach
    Director of English Graduate Studies
    Department of English
    Minnesota State University, Mankato
    230 Armstrong Hall
    Mankato, MN 56001
    Telephone: (507) 389-5504
    E-mail: geoffrey.herbach@mnsu.edu