MA in TESOL program is designed to prepare teachers of English as a second or foreign language for a variety of classrooms. The program offers sound foundations in theoretical and applied linguistics, educational theory and practice, as well as in cultural aspects of language learning, teaching, and assessment. It exposes students to a wide array of pedagogical methods used in second or foreign language teaching, testing, and assessment. The program also provides students with an opportunity to practice their knowledge in classroom settings during a practicum. The cultural aspects of language learning, teaching, testing, and assessment are emphasized throughout the curriculum. The MA in TESOL consists of 13 required courses that total 32-33 semester hours. The courses fall into two broad categories: theoretical foundations and pedagogical methods. Madonna University also recommends the ESL endorsement (NS) to existing Michigan teaching certificates. Graduate ESL endorsement has been granted by the State of Michigan Board of Education. Teachers who are interested only in the ESL endorsement have an option of completing the 28 credit hours of the designated course work that meets the requirements for this endorsement, along with the required examination from the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification. The Madonna MATESOL program distinguishes itself from other similar programs by its small size classes, personal attention given to students, graduate ESL endorsement, and the emphasis on literacy acquisition in English as a second language. Students who are specifically interested in the pedagogy of reading and writing may supplement their regular course work with electives available in the Master of Arts in Teaching program in literacy education.
All Madonna programs are accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission.
International Student Requirements:
1. Official school records including subject studied, grades and degrees earned, graduation dates and copy of diploma - Students are required to submit an official transcript of credits from each institute, college, or university attended. - applicants may be required to submit transcript evaluation result by World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluation (ECE) 2. Official test results indicating English proficiency. - TOEFL score of at least 550 (Paper-Based), 79-80 (Internet Based); MELAB score of 77, or IELTS score of 6.5.; - Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be required to take an English placement test administered by Madonna University. Based on the test result, students may be considered for conditional admission and be required to take English language classes. - This requirement is waived for applicants from countries where English is the native language.