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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)

    Additional Information


    Graduate Application Form
    Teaching English as a Second Language Application form