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The TESOL concentration allows students to pursue coursework that focuses on the teaching of English as a Foreign/Second Language. The concentration prepares students for teaching English across many contexts, including international work in English Language instruction.

Concentration Requirements

Graduate students in TESOL are required to complete 30 credit hours of course work. Required courses include 18 credit hours of:

  • ENG 826: Approaches to Graduate Studies in English
  • ENG 680: Intro to Linguistic Science
  • ENG 685: Modern Grammar and Usage/Structure of English
  • ENG 830: Second Language Teaching and Learning
  • ENG 813: Studies in English Pedagogy: TESOL Curriculum and Methods
  • ENG 676: Practicum


In addition, graduate students will take 12 credit hours of electives from a range of disciplines (e.g., applied linguistics, rhetoric, composition theory and pedagogy, literature, education, and statistics). Electives include:

  • ENG 810 (Studies in Language and Linguistics) (e.g., Discourse Analysis, Dialectology, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Corpus Linguistics)
  • ENG 811 (Studies in Composition and Rhetoric) (e.g., Composition Theory for Multilingual Writers, Transnationalism in Literacy Studies)
  • ENG 683 (History of the English Language)
  • ENG 682 (Traditional English Grammar)
  • ENG 648 (Theories of Rhetoric and Composition)
  • ENG 652, 653, 654, 655, 662, 663, 664, 625, 691, 692, 693, 694, 695, 697, 875, 813 (various Literature seminars)
  • SLP 813 (2 credit hours; Assessment & Intervention in Diverse Populations)
  • COMM 602 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 603 General Semantics
  • AEP 839 Research Design (for thesis option)
  • AEP 931/931L Intermediate Statistics for Research/Lab

Thesis and Comps

MA candidates in TESOL have the option of completing a thesis in place of 3-6 credit hours of elective coursework. They are also required to pass a comprehensive exam. With careful planning, the MA concentration in TESOL can be completed in one year (including the summer semester).

Employment Prospects

Successful graduates of this concentration may be considered for employment at our partner institutions in China: Sias International University and Shenyang Normal University. Our international faculty teach composition (English 101 and 102). We encourage our graduates to apply for these teaching positions whenever there are openings.


The English Department offers a limited number of competitive assistantships, which primarily involve duties in the Writing Center. Each assistantship carries a full tuition remission for 9 credit hours per semester (excluding fees) and a stipend of $10,000 per year. Assistantship funding is renewable for a further year based on performance and availability. Tuition reimbursement is at the in-state level only, and out-of-state and international applicants should be prepared to cover the remainder of the tuition. Please see the Graduate School's website for tuition and fees.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in English or Linguistics from a regionally accredited university or its equivalent.
  • Non-native speakers of English must provide proof of their language proficiency.

How to apply:
Contact Dr. Eric Leuschner and apply online at the Graduate School application website.

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