Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


Program Description

The M.A. TESOL program is designed to prepare educators to meet the unique needs of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in K-12 schools and in colleges/universities in the United States and abroad. Graduates of this master’s program will be eligible for the Michigan Department of Education’s ESL endorsement.

This program is designed to meet the needs of teachers who:

  • Are seeking to advance in their careers by obtaining a master’s degree.
  • Would like to learn about second language acquisition theories and teaching methodologies.
  • Are interested in becoming ESL teachers in K-12 schools and/or colleges and universities in the United States and other countries.
  • Desire to teach in schools with a significant population of English learners.
  • Desire to become a district ESL coach or coordinator (requires MDE ESL endorsement).
  • Plan to teach in English language institutes for international students in colleges and universities.

Reasons to choose our program:

  • Program completion leads to a State of Michigan ESL endorsement for teachers with initial teaching certificate.
  • Provides a comprehensive program to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students in K-12 settings and colleges/universities based on current theory and research.
  • Prepares educators to collaborate and engage in dialogue with content-area and general education colleagues to better serve the academic and linguistic needs of ESL students.
  • Equips educators with knowledge of effective instructional methodologies to address ESL students’ academic and linguistic needs.
  • Develops educators who are able to analyze and modify instructional materials and assessments depending on students’ English proficiency.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • One page statement explaining applicant’s interest in this master’s degree program.
  • Three professional letters of reference.
  • Meet university requirements for graduate level admissions for domestic and international students.
  • For international students, minimum iBT TOEFL score of 89 with a minimum subscore of 20 for writing or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum subscore of 6 for writing. Provisional admission would require a minimum iBT TOEFL score of 70 and a minimum IELTS score of 6.

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Program Requirements

Students will complete a planned program of study consisting of 30 credits of coursework for the master’s degree, 24 of which would lead to the Michigan Department of Education’s ESL endorsement to be added to an initial teaching certificate. An overall program grade point average of 3.0 or better is required to continue in this master’s program.

TESOL Graduate Certificate Coursework (30 hours)

Program course requirements
Course numberCourse titleCredits
TEL 5150 Introduction to ESL/Bilingual Education 3
TEL 5200 Linguistic Principles for ESL and Bilingual Education 3
TEL 6210 ESL Teaching Methods 4
TEL 6220 Standards and Assessments in ESL Education 3
TEL 6310 Advanced ESL Teaching Methods 4
TEL 6320 Advanced Standards and Assessments in ESL Education 4
TEL 6350 Research Methods in TESOL 3
TEL 6450 Capstone in TESOL 3
Elective (choose one of the following)
LS 5100
KS 6300
TEL 6700

Differences in Literacy, Language and Learning
Teaching Reading in a Diverse Society
Special Topics in TESOL
  Total Credits: 30


For more information, please contact Dr. Selena Protacio or Dr. Virginia David.