TEFL/TESL

Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

TEFL/TESL

Teaching Certificate

There are several options for pursuing graduate study in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TEFL/TESL) in the Department of English. One option is the M.A. in English program with a graduate curriculum exclusively focused on TEFL/TESL. A second option is the Joint M.A. program with the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures which allows students to pursue two graduate programs combined, leading to two M.A. degrees—one in English with a specialization in TEFL/TESL, and one in foreign languages. The third option is a graduate certificate.

A wide variety of experience is possible: designing web sites, writing articles and book reviews, teaching students in literacy programs, writing and editing newsletters and brochures for non-profit agencies, etc. You may generate your own position in a field of interest, or you may pursue established local, regional, or national internship opportunities. We expect that at least 80% of your duties will be directly related to your degree work and career objectives.

M.A. in English with specialization in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language

The MA 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, project, or thesis.

The MA 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 assessment procedures, adapt and/or develop materials for unique teaching/learning situations, evaluate recent research in applied linguistics 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 TEFL/TESL work in the U.S. and abroad, as well as for advanced studies in applied linguistics.

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

This program requires concurrent study in two Master’s degree programs, one in English (TEFL/TESL) and the other in Languages, Literatures and Cultures (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] or 62 credits [Plan B] to receive both M.A. degrees.

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), 80 (internet based), or higher before admission. A minimum IELTS score for admission is 6.5, or 53 for PTE Academic.

For information on the requirements for the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures to fulfill the Joint M.A. degree, please see the TEFL/TESL Masters Checksheet

Certificate Program: TESOL Education

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language (TEFL/TESL) provides graduates with practical, theoretical, and critical knowledge of the English language and of methods for teaching it in various social and academic settings. The program features a comprehensive understanding of the form and communicative functions of the English language, 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.

For additional information about the program, visit the Gainful Employment Page or contact Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker at t.nekrasova_beker@colostate.edu.

TEFL/TESL Graduate Student Organization

You can get involved in the community and exercise leadership skills through the TEFL/TESL Graduate Student Organization–a CSU registered student organization. To find out more, visit the Student Experience page, or contact Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker at t.nekrasova_beker@colostate.edu.