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MA TESOL

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/tesol/tesolma.html

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares students for employment in language teaching, program administration, and curriculum and assessment development in the US and abroad, as well as for doctoral study. The program is designed for international and domestic students with interests in a variety of language teaching contexts and research areas.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should:

  • Fill out the online application and upload the following:
    • One-page personal statement describing the applicant’s background and teaching and reserach goals as they relate to the field of TESOL/Applied Linguistics
    • Official transcript(s) from previously attended degree-granting institution(s)
  • Pay the $40 application fee 
  • Apply for graduate assistantships if interested

International applicants should also submit the following:

Program Requirements

  • Language Requirement
    • Students whose first language is English must have a minimum of two consecutive years of college-level foreign language study or an equivalent. This requirement may be met in residence, but courses taken to fulfill it will not count toward the degree.
    • Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of iBT 80 or IELTS 6.5 to be admitted to the program. Students with a TOEFL score below iBT 94 or IELTS 7 may be asked to take an English placement test upon arrival to determine whether additional academic language courses are needed. 
  • Capstone Requirement
    • Oral Defense: Requires students to conduct a primary research project and to give an oral presentation at an organized conference.
    • Thesis: Requires students to write an extensive research manuscript that contributes new knowledge to the field. To pursue a thesis, students must have faculty approval.
  • Coursework (see below)

 

Core (4 credits)

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 586 Theories of Second Language Teaching and Learning

4

Research (3 credits)

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 627 Research Methods in TESOL/Applied Linguistics

3

Methods (8 credits)

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 582 Teaching Listening and Speaking to English Learners

4

ENG 584 Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary to English Learners

4

ENG 587 Teaching Reading and Writing to English Learners

4

Practical Experience (3 credits)

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 623 Workshop for Second Language Writing Teaching Assistants

3

ENG 624 TESOL Practical Experience

3

Oral Defense Electives (15-16 credits)

Only one 500-level course may count in this category and Methods courses may not double count. Additionally, ENG 634 may be repeated.

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 582 Teaching Listening and Speaking to English Learners

4

ENG 584 Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary to English Learners

4

ENG 587 Teaching Reading and Writing to English Learners

4

ENG 589 Policies, Programs, and Assessment for K-12 English Learners

4

ENG 629 Second Language Literacy

3

ENG 633 Second Language Acquisition

3

ENG 634 Topics in TESOL/Applied Linguistics

   3

ENG 686 Second Language Assessment

3

ENG 689 Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics

3

Thesis Electives (12 credits)

ENG 634 may be repeated.

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 629 Second Language Literacy

3

ENG 633 Second Language Acquisition

3

ENG 634 Topics in TESOL/Applied Linguistics

   3

ENG 686 Second Language Assessment

3

ENG 689 Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics

3

Oral Defense Capstone (1 credit)

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 697 Oral Defense

1-4

Thesis Capstone (3 credits)

Course # Course Title
Credits
ENG 699 Thesis

1-4

Contact Information

For more information about the MA TESOL program, please contact:

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