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M.A.in TEFL/TESL

The M.A. program in TEFL/TESL provides graduates with practical, theoretical, and critical knowledge of methods for teaching the English language in various social and academic settings. The program features an integrated core in which a comprehensive understanding of the form and communicative functions of the English language is combined with both general and skill-specific (reading, writing, listening, speaking) pedagogical theories and applications. These courses are designed to promote reflective inquiry, to provide students with the necessary tools for ongoing professional growth, to serve as models of effective pedagogy, and to introduce students to the various ways in which instruction can be enhanced by contemporary technologies. The connection of theory and practice is enhanced through a variety of supervised teaching experiences, and the completion of a portfolio or thesis.

The M.A. in TEFL/TESL is a professional degree designed to enable graduates to teach English as a foreign or second language, evaluate the relative utility and validity of diverse teaching methodologies and testing procedures, adapt and/or develop materials for unique teaching/learning situations, evaluate recent EFL/ESL research and its relevance to EFL/ESL teaching and learning, and assist in the supervision of classroom teachers and in the administration of EFL/ESL programs. The program integrates pedagogy, linguistics, and classroom teaching. The program prepares graduates for TESL/TEFL teaching in the U.S. and abroad, as well as for advanced studies in applied linguistics.

To complete the M.A., students must earn a minimum of 35 semester credits and must pass an oral defense of their portfolio, project, or thesis.

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Teaching Assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Most assistantships begin in the fall semester. Please apply by January 15th for full consideration.

Degree Requirements:

  • Elective courses of 13 to 17 credits will be chosen related to the student's professional goals.
  • A 16-19-credit core of studies is required, as follows:
    • Core Courses:

    • E514 Phonology/Morphology for ESL/EFL
    • E515 Syntax for ESL/EFL
    • E526 Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language
    • E527 Theories of Foreign/Second Language Learning
    • E684 Practicum (2 to 3 credits)
    • E687 Internship (2 to 4 credits)
      • Other Requirements

        • Plan A
          • Core Studies (16-19 credits)
          • Electives (13-16 credits)
          • E699 Thesis (3 credits)
        • Plan B
          • Core Studies (16-19 credits)
          • Electives (14-17 credits)
          • E694 Portfolio (1-3 credits) or E698 Project (2 credits)

    E694 Portfolio

    Variable Credits (1-3). Up to three credits can count toward graduation. Portfolio areas to be addressed and synthesized include (at least): Language, Culture, Instruction, Assessment and Professionalism. An oral defense is required.

    Requires the completion of a form (E694) which is available in the English Department office.

    E698 Project

    Up to two credits can count toward graduation. Advisor approval is needed before pursuing this option.

    It requires the completion of a form (E698) which is available in the English Department office.

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    Native speakers of English should have experience with a foreign language or culture before admission. Non-native speakers of English must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), or 213 (computer-based), 80 (internet based), or higher before admission. The minimum IELTS score for admission is 6.5.

    In addition to course requirements outlined here, students must pass an oral defense of their thesis/portfolio/major paper.

    A research methods course is additionally highly recommended.

    TEFL/TESL faculty will assist the student in choosing appropriate courses to fulfill the student's professional goals.

    Electives

    Currently, in addition to E601: Research in TESL (3 credits), E522 Semantics, Pragmatics, and Discourse (3 credits), and E679 Community Service Learning in TESL (1 credit), electives are offered under E507: Special Topics in Linguistics and/or E634: Special Topics in TEFL/TESL.

    Note: The content for E507 and E634 courses is variable. The list below represents some of the E507 and E634 courses recently offered:

    Courses offered under E507 include:

    • Bilingualism in TESOL (3 credits)
    • Intercultural Rhetoric (3 credits)
    • Sociolinguistics (3 credits)

    Courses offered under E634 include:

    • Assessment (3 credits)
    • ESP (English for Specific Purposes) (3 credits)
    • Second Language Literacy (3 credits)
    • Vocabulary (3 credits)

    Joint M.A. in English (TESL/TEFL) and Foreign Languages and Literatures

    This program requires concurrent study in two Master's degree programs, one in English (TESL/TEFL) and the other in Foreign Languages and Literatures (French, German, or Spanish). The two sponsoring departments provide an interdisciplinary program to enhance both theoretical and applied competencies in the learning and teaching of English and foreign languages as expressions of their respective cultures. Students must earn 61 credits [Plan A] - 64 credits [Plan B] to receive both M.A. degrees.

    Teaching Assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Most assistantships begin in the fall semester. Please apply by January 15th for full consideration.

    Core Courses:

    English Department (TESL/TEFL) Requirements

    • E514 Phonology/Morphology for ESL/EFL
    • E515 Syntax for ESL/EFL
    • E526 Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language
    • E527 Theories of Foreign/Second Language Learning
    • E684 Practicum (2-3 credits)
    • E687 Internship (2-4 credits)
    • Additional electives within an emphasis (13-17 credits)
    • E694 Portfolio, E698 Project, or E699 Thesis

    Foreign Language Department Requirements

    For information on the Department of Foreign Languages’ requirements to fulfill the Joint M.A. in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures with TESL/TEFL, please visit http://languages.colostate.edu/grad/joint-ma

    Additional Requirements

    • Oral defense of your portfolio, thesis, or independent study project

    Admission to the joint M.A. program requires an undergraduate major or equivalent proficiency in a foreign language; graduation requires reading knowledge of an additional foreign language. Non-native speakers of English must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 80 (internet based), or higher before admission. The minimum IELTS score for admission is 6.5.