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  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Graduate Studies

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  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

    Program Coordinator: Linda Houts-Smith, Ph.D
    Maclean 279, (218) 477-4059
    houtsli@mnstate.edu

    Program Description

    The Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA TESL) is a degree for individuals who wish to practice teaching ESL/EFL in a classroom setting in a variety of contexts: K-12 schools, intensive English language programs, adult basic education programs, or community college programs. It is intended to prepare individuals who have previous training or experience in a related field, such as education, English, or other language study. While the master’s degree may lead to an add-on K-12 license in ESL for already certified teachers, it will not provide initial preparation for individuals who do not hold an existing license. Since licensure requirements vary from state to state, students should consult licensing boards in the states where they wish to work to determine whether the MA TESL will meet the requirements in the state of the student’s choice.

    Admission Requirements

    The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to:
    Graduate Studies Office
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Ave. S.
    Moorhead, MN 56563

    1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
    2. Completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study form.
    3. Completed Teaching English as a Second Language Application form.
    4. Essay on professional experience and future goals.
    5. Writing sample; two to three page sample from an argumentative, persuasive, or informative paper you wrote in English.
    6. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for full status, undergraduate GPA of 2.75 for provisional status.
    7. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended to be sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Studies Office.
    8. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    9. Study of second or foreign language completed prior to admission or during Master’s degree.

    *Note: International applicants must meet additional requirements specified in graduate studies bulletin.


    Degree Requirements

    1. Minimum of 36 semester credits.
    2. Students wishing to transfer credits from other institutions or have taken courses before admission to the graduate program should refer to the Residence and Transfer of Credit section for further information.
    3. 3.0 grade point average
    4. Master’s thesis, or Project satisfied through Plans A or B.

    Course Requirements

    Core Requirements (10 credits)
    ED 602 Statistics in Education (2)
    ED 603 Methods of Research (2)
    LANG 693 Qualitative Research Methods (2)
    TESL 699 Thesis (4)
    or
    TESL 696 Plan B Project (4)

    Program Requirements (20 credits)
    TESL 551 English Structures (3)
    LANG 557 Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching (3)
    TESL 625 Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language and Literacy (3)
    TESL 654 Pedagogical Grammar (3)
    TESL 670 Designing ESL Courses (3)
    TESL 675 Assessment in TESL (3)
    or
    LANG 575 Second Language Assessment (3)
    ED 694V Internship in Education (1-10; 2 min)

    Related Requirements (6-8 credits)
    K-12 teachers seeking licensure in ESL who have not previously studied a second or foreign language are required to do so to meet Minnesota State Board of Teaching Standards. Any non-native language may be taken, including Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Latin, American Sign Language, for one academic year. These courses are offered at the undergraduate level.

    Restricted Electives (6 credits)
    Choose from:
    TESL 555 Oral Discourse Structures (3)
    TESL 556 Written Discourse Structures (3)
    TESL 627 Cultures in Schools (3)
    TESL 672 Content-based Instruction (3)
    TESL 690 Special Topics (1-4)
    TESL 697 Independent Study (1-4)
    TESL 698 Continuing Study (1)

     

  • Master of Arts in TESL

     

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     Admission Requirement

     Instructions

    1.

    Online graduate application

     Graduate Online Application

    2.

    $20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants

    After you complete the Graduate Online Application:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status”
    • Select eServices at the top of the page. You will be able to pay the application fee using a credit or debit card.
     

    3.

    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

    Contact ALL  the colleges and universities you have attended and have your transcripts sent to: 

    Graduate Studies Office  
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7 Ave. S. 
     
    Moorhead, MN 56563 

    You do not need to order transcripts from MSUM or other MnSCU institutions. See Transcript Policy for more details.

    4.

    Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major is required

    The Graduate Studies Office and the TESL Department will check this item once we have received all of your transcripts.

    5.

    Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 for full admission; 2.75 GPA for provisional admission

    The Graduate Studies Office and the TESL Department will check this item once we have received all of your transcripts.

    6.

    Study of second foreign language- completed either before or after admission to program

     

    7.

    Teaching English as a Second Language Application Form

    The department application form is a fillable PDF.  Complete the form, save it on your computer, and upload it to the Graduate Online Application site as follows:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status” 
    • Look under “Program Specific Requirements”
    • Click on “Upload Now” button by the Program Application requirement and follow the instructions
     

    8.

    Essay

    Prepare an essay stating professional experience and future goals.  Put your name on all pages. Upload it to the Graduate Online Application site:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status” 
    • Under “Program Specific Requirements”, click on “Upload Now” button  for the “Essay”
     

    9.

    Writing Sample

    Prepare a 2-3 page argumentative, persuasive, or informative paper in English.  Put your name on all pages.  Upload it to the Graduate Online Application site:

    • Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
    • Select “Check Status” 
    • Under “Program Specific Requirements”, click on “Upload Now” button  for the “Writing Sample”
     

    If you have any questions about the application process, 
    please call the Graduate Studies Office at: 
    218-477-2134

    If you have specific program questions, please contact the program coordinator: 
    Linda Houts-Smith, Ph.D., 218-477-4059, houtsli@mnstate.edu