Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MSEd

The M.S.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), housed within the Educational Linguistics Division, provides a foundation in the practical, theoretical, and professional aspects of the field of language education with a focus on English language teaching. The M.S.Ed. in TESOL prepares students to teach English in settings where English is a second, foreign, or international language. The program emphasizes the many roles and functions of English language education in the political, social, and academic climate of today’s globalized world. TESOL’s course of study combines the theoretical and practical aspects of the field while emphasizing the motivations and needs of immigrants who settle in English-speaking nations, international scholars and professionals, and students in countries where English is a second or foreign language. In-depth study and field-based practice prepare  students to identify and analyze learner needs, design tailored language curricula, and use a variety of evidence-based teaching and assessment practices.


A total of 12 course units are required for the TESOL MSEd.1,2 All courses must be at the 500 level or above.

Core Courses 3
EDUC 527Approaches to Teaching English and Other Modern Languages1
EDUC 528TESOL Practice Teaching 41
EDUC 537Educational Linguistics1
EDUC 542TESOL Classroom Fundamentals 51
EDUC 546Sociolinguistics in Education1
EDUC 670Second Language Development1
EDUC 679Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking for Applied Linguistics 51
TESOL-related Elective
Select 3 electives3
Distribution Requirement
Select 1 Distribution Requirement course 61
EDUC 563TESOL Seminar (Final Semester of Coursework) 3,71
Total Course Units12

Required Milestone:

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by passing a comprehensive examination in their area of study. The examination/portfolio/thesis serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their coursework and fieldwork. Comprehensive formats vary.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.