To acquire the degree, a candidate must complete 36 credit-hour graduate coursework (12 courses) and pass a comprehensive examination.


  1. Required TESOL Courses: 15 hrs
    TESL 5013 Pedagogical Grammar
    TESL 5103 Studies in Linguistics
    TESL 5423 Methods of TESOL
    TESL 5513 ESL and EFL Assessment
    TESL 6873 Practicum in TESOL

  2. Specific Language Issues and Skills: 9 hrs
    Select from the following:
    TESL 5113 American English Phonology
    TESL 5143 Instructional Strategies in Writing
    TESL 5713 Psycholinguistics
    TESL 6103 Foundations of Reading
    TESL 6363 Language and Culture

  3. Education Core: 6 hrs
    (9 hours for international/probationary students)
    ELED 5023 English Language Learning in the Classroom
    TESL 5373 Research and Writing
    ABS 6813 Personality and Human Development
    GRED 6903 Methods of Research

  4. Suggested electives: 6 hrs
    (3 hours for international/probationary students)
    TESL 5413 Technology and Language Learning
    TESL 5163 Issues in TESOL: Curriculum/Materials Development
    TESL 5163 Issues in TESOL: Second Language Acquisition
    TESL 5163 Issues in TESOL: Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning
    TESL 5163 Issues in TESOL: Theory and Methods of Teaching Second Language Writing
    TESL 6983 Thesis in TESOL

Comprehensive Examination:
All candidates for the M.A. in TESOL are required to complete successfully a comprehensive examination, usually scheduled in the student’s last semester of course work. Format, times, and location will be announced early in the semester. Applications and instructions for the examination are available in the division of education office. Applications must be signed by the advisor and the program director. A copy of the completed application is required for entry into the examination room.

Thesis Option
Before electing the thesis option as part of the requirements for the M.A. in TESOL, a candidate must demonstrate the following qualifications:

  1. The candidate must possess a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
  2. The candidate must have completed Methods of Research with an A (not A-) both in the course and on the research proposal in the course.
  3. International student candidates must demonstrate an adequate writing proficiency by scoring 600 or above on the TOEFL (260 or above on the computerized version), scoring 5 or above on the Test of Written English, and performing acceptably on the essay examination administered by the division thesis committee.

Candidates who have met the above qualifications and elect the thesis option must fill out a thesis application and obtain approval from their advisors and the program director. A thesis advisory committee will then be formed for the student who has been approved to write a thesis. Candidates who choose the thesis option will be required to complete the minimum of 33 hours plus 3 hours of thesis.

Normally, students are expected to complete the thesis during the semester of enrollment. However, the research design for the problem may be such that one semester is Petree College of Arts and Sciences 45 not sufficient for completion of the study. In this case, the student must secure the approval of his or her thesis advisory committee, and an “X” will be recorded. Except for extreme extenuating circumstances, the extension may not exceed one semester. If the “X” is not converted to a grade by the end of the extension period, the student will be required to re-enroll in the Thesis in TESOL (TESL 6983).

Re-enrollment of more than one time will not be permitted without filing a new plan of study, which must be approved by the thesis advisory committee.

Thesis Submission and Style
Theses that have been approved by the thesis advisory committee must be submitted to the TESOL department at least three weeks before commencement. Exceptions must have prior approval of the thesis advisory committee. The writing style of the thesis must comply with the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Manual.


For certificate candidates, the following 6 TESOL core courses (18 credit hours) are the only requirement:

      TESL 5013: The English Language: Structure and Usage
      TESL 5103: Studies in Linguistics
      TESL 5423: Theory and Methods of TESOL
      TESL 5513: ESL/EFL Assessment
      TESL 6873: TESOL Practicum.
    And any one of the TESOL cultural studies or specific linguistics/skills courses