• Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

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  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

    Program Coordinator: Linda Houts-Smith, Ph.D
    Maclean 279B, 218.477.4059

    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.

    Degree Requirements

    Program Requirements (30 credits)
    ED 602 Statistics in Education (2)
    ED 603 Methods of Research (2)
    ED 669 or TESL 669 Internship (1-10; 2 min) 
    LANG 557 Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching (3)
    LANG 693 Qualitative Research Methods (2)
    TESL 551 English Structures (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)

    TESL 696 Plan B Project (4) or TESL 699 Thesis (4) 

    Related Requirements (6-8 credits)

    K-12 teachers seeking licensure in ESL who have not previously studied a second or foreign language for one year at the college level or its equivalent are required to do so to meet Minnesota State Board of Teaching Standards. Any non-native language may be taken, and a number of options are available at MSU Moorhead or through the Tri-college system for students who must meet the requirement while pursuing the master’s degree.  These courses are offered at the undergraduate level.  Students should consult their advisors at the time of admission to determine whether they already meet the requirement or not.

    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)

    Admission Requirements