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, project, 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 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 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 33 semester credits and must pass an oral defense of their portfolio, project, or thesis (see below). The TEFL/TESL faculty will assist students in choosing appropriate courses to fulfill their professional goals.

 

M.A. in TEFL/TESL Degree Requirements:

Required: 33 credits of core, elective, and thesis, project, or portfolio courses.

Plan A

  • Core Studies (18 credits)
  • Electives (12 credits)
  • E699 Thesis (3 credits)

Plan B

  • Core Studies (18 credits)
  • Electives (12 credits)
  • E694 Portfolio (3 credits) or E698 Project (3 credits)

Core Courses (18 credits):

  • 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
  • E528 Professional ESL Teaching: Theory to Practice
  • E638 Assessment of English Language Learners

Elective Courses (12 credits):

  • E507 Special Topics in Linguistics
  • E522 Semantics, Pragmatics and Discourse
  • E601 Research in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • E634 Special Topics in TEFL/TESL
  • E679 Community Service Learning in TESOL (1 credit)
  • E607/E687/E684 (only three credits of these courses can count toward the degree)

 

Notes: (1) E601 Research in Teaching English as a Second Language is highly recommended, especially for students who plan to complete E699 (Thesis); (2) E507 and E634 are variable topic courses. Students are expected to take 9 credits of E507/E634 courses. The list below represents some of the E507 and E634 courses recently offered:

Courses offered under E507 (3 credits):

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Language across Cultures
  • Sociolinguistics

Courses offered under E634 (3 credits):

  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP): Issues in Curriculum Development
  • Computer Applications in Linguistics
  • Vocabulary

 

E694 Portfolio (3 credits):

Portfolios consist of essays on essential areas of professional knowledge and experience. The areas to be addressed and synthesized include (at least): Language, Culture, Instruction, Assessment, and Professionalism. An oral defense is required.

This option requires the completion of a form (E694), which is available in the English Department office.

E698 Project (3 credits):

Projects allow students to develop original curricula, syllabi and teaching materials for courses or series of courses they actually teach or envisage teaching. Projects must reflect current research and best practices in the field. Advisor approval is required before pursuing this option. An oral defense is required.

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

E699 Thesis (3 credits):

Theses allow students to explore areas of interest in linguistics, pedagogy, or language learning and acquisition. A thesis requires original research. Advisor approval is required before pursuing this option. An oral defense is required.

This option requires the completion of a form (E699), which is available in the English Department office.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available on a competitive basis in the English Department and with INTO CSU. Most assistantships begin in the fall semester. Please apply by January 15th for full consideration.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Applying students should possess a B.A. in any field from an accredited university or college, with a GPA of at least 3.00 out of 4.00. Applicants with lower GPAs will be considered if they have considerable pertinent experience.

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

ACCELERATED PATHWAY PROGRAM:  

INTO CSU offers an Accelerated Pathway Program to the M.A. TEFL/TESL degree program. The Pathway program is designed for international students interested in the M.A. TEFL/TESL who do not yet meet the requirements for admission. It requires successful completion of a Study Skills course (EAP 153 Writing for International Graduate Students), E514 Phonology/Morphology for ESL/EFL, and E526 Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language. Click here for information on the Pathway Program.

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 (TESL/TEFL) 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.

Following are the requirements for the TEFL/TESL portion of the joint-M.A. degree:

English Department (TEFL/TESL) Requirements (30 credits):

  • 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
  • E528 Professional ESL Teaching: Theory to Practice
  • E638 Assessment of English Language Learners
  • Electives (9 credits)
  • E694 (Portfolio), E698 (Project) or E699 (Thesis)

 

Additional Requirements for the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures:

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 click here.

Updated on 5/18/2016.