Teaching English as Second Language - M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English
113 Satterfield Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2676
english@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/english


Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language is grounded in linguistic principles, language learning theory and empirical research on language learning and teaching. It enables students to teach effectively in varied learning contexts. Students gain experience through supervised practica and have the opportunity to teach in a variety of English-as-a-second/foreign-language contexts. Graduates are prepared for international teaching, adult education and literacy positions. 

The M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language with the TESL Education concentration meets the above goals, while also preparing students as P-12 school teachers. Practica takes place in schools, and students have the opportunity to teach in a variety of contexts. 

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation)

Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. Students should consult their advisors for specific program requirements and refer to the See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Domestic applicants submit the GRE (general test) and international applicants submit the TOEFL
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A 1-2 page statement of purpose

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 550 TOEFL score (79 on the Internet-based version), minimum 77 MELAB score, minimum 6.5 IELTS score or minimum 58 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their understanding of different associated fields within TESL, including linguistics, language acquisition, pedagogy and practice.
  2. Demonstrate what they know about the field and disciplines making up TESL.
  3. Demonstrate their skills in teaching.
  4. Demonstrate their understanding of different cultural norms and practices and their ability to accommodate teaching practices based on these differences.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
ENG 63001METHODOLOGY OF TESL 3
ENG 63033THEORIES IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION 3
ENG 63040LINGUISTICS FOR THE LANGUAGE PROFESSIONS 3
ENG 63041DESCRIPTIVE GRAMMAR OF ENGLISH 3
ENG 68492PRACTICUM IN TEACHING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 13
Additional Program Requirements or Concentration Requirements21-33
Minimum Total Credit Hours:36-48
1

Students declared in the TESL Education concentration must complete field/clinical hours in P-12 schools.

Additional Program Requirements for Students Not Choosing a Concentration

[AS-MA-TESL]

Choose from the following:3
LITERATE PRACTICES AND SOCIOLINGUISTICS
THE PRAGMATICS OF CONVERSATION
HERITAGE LANGUAGES AND SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING
Choose from the following: 118
COMPUTERS IN SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING
LITERATE PRACTICES AND SOCIOLINGUISTICS 2
THE PRAGMATICS OF CONVERSATION 2
TEACHING LITERATURE AND CULTURE
SECOND LANGUAGE CURRICULUM AND TESTING
SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING
SECOND LANGUAGE READING
ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES
SECOND LANGUAGE LISTENING AND SPEAKING
HERITAGE LANGUAGES AND SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING 2
SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH METHODS
SEMINAR:LINGUISTICS
THESIS I
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21
1

Students may use 6 credit hours in appropriate graduate courses in other departments with approval of department advisor toward the 18 credit hour requirement.

2

Students may choose these courses if not chosen above.

TESL Education Concentration requirements

[AS-MA-TESL-TESE]

Concentration Requirements
ENG 51009STUDENT TEACHING 9
ENG 63044SECOND LANGUAGE READING 3
Choose from the following:15
MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION: STRATEGIES
COMPUTERS IN SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING
LITERATE PRACTICES AND SOCIOLINGUISTICS
THE PRAGMATICS OF CONVERSATION
TEACHING LITERATURE AND CULTURE
SECOND LANGUAGE CURRICULUM AND TESTING
SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING
ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES
SECOND LANGUAGE LISTENING AND SPEAKING
HERITAGE LANGUAGES AND SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING
SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH METHODS
LEARNING THEORIES
CI 67310THEORY AND PRACTICE IN THE TEACHING OF READING 3
or CI 67330 READING IN CONTENT AREAS
ADED 62146INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT 3
or CI 67105 IMPROVING CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION
Minimum Total Credit Hours:33
  • Students completing the M.A. TESL (with or without the optional TESL Education concentration) cannot be concurrently enrolled in the Graduate Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language Certificate. Students who hold either certificate may be permitted to apply 12 graduate credit hours earned in the certificate to the M.A. TESL (with or without the optional TESL Education concentration).

Graduation Requirements

The M.A. TESL degree requires 36 credit hours of coursework (48 credit hours with the concentration option) and students complete a capstone project with options of a thesis or portfolio or exams.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation)

Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. Students should consult their advisors for specific program requirements and refer the Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.