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Master of Arts & Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

  • A Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA TESL) will prepare you for 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 for 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, you should consult licensing boards in the state in wish to work to determine whether the MA TESL will meet the requirements in that state. MSUM also offers a graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.

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  • Benefits of an MSUM MA in Teaching English as a Second Language
    Holistic career preparation
    The TESL graduate degree will prepare you to teach in the entire field of ESL, from K-12 to colleges and everything in between.
    Strong connections
    Because the program is offered face-to-face, you will cultivate valuable personal and professional relationships with peers and faculty representing all areas of TESL. Additionally, MSUM faculty are highly credentialed with quality ESL teaching experience in multiple settings.
    Excellent value
    A graduate degree in TESL from MSU Moorhead is a smart investment, combining affordability with outstanding, personalized teaching. MSUM is significantly more affordable than Minnesota private colleges, private for-profits or University of Minnesota campuses.
    Active partnerships
    The TESL program maintains active partnerships with local K-12, post-secondary, intensive English, and adult basic education programs, providing you ample resources and networking opportunities.
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    Careers & Outcomes

    MSUM graduate TESL pass rates for the MTLE are 100 percent, meaning you will be highly qualified and exceptionally prepared to assume teaching positions in any environment you choose.

  • Affordable + Value =
    A Smart Investment
    MSU Moorhead is an excellent value. Compare MSUM’s tuition to other private and for-profit colleges and even public universities, and you’ll see we are competitively priced. Our graduates prove the value of our programs.
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