Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)
The Westcliff MA TESOL program prepares you for a career in TESOL instruction or administration. At Westcliff University you will
Work with diverse students, make teaching demonstrations, and lead projects based on the latest research in the TESOL field
Build a foundation in TESOL principles for teaching and for administration
Develop your ability to think critically and problem solve creatively
Take advantage of workshops and guest speaker presentations, offered throughout the year on both online and hybrid programs.
Network with students and faculty working in diverse TESOL backgrounds
Equally important, you will learn from professors who are experienced TESOL instructors, administrators, and curriculum and program developers
MA TESOL Program produces graduates with the skills to train teaching faculty who excel in their roles as educators, creative scholars, and researchers. This program will prepare teachers for a wide variety of positions both in the US and abroad. Our students will be equipped with the specialized knowledge and field skills for teaching English to speakers of other languages. Upon graduation, they will be competent professional educators with demonstrable leadership skills.
MA TESOL Program Objectives
The following educational objectives are those of the MA TESOL Program:
Demonstrate principles of language pedagogy and of current best practices in teaching English to speakers of other languages; explain how these principles are based on research into language acquisition and the teaching of the various skill areas
Demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English at a level commensurate with the role of a language model by illustrating knowledge of the English language and skills required to explain the English language system
Apply current TESOL pedagogy in the creation of effective lesson plans for diverse groups of learners in a variety of teaching contexts; integrate new technology into these lesson plans
Explain current theories concerning the cognitive, affective, social, and cultural factors involved in the acquisition and use of second languages and apply this knowledge in effective lesson design and classroom interactions with second language learners
Identify the skills necessary for effective leadership in and outside the classroom; apply these skills to individual professional development in and outside the classroom
Integrate ethical values in learning and teaching
State Licensed through Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education (BPPE). In the final stages of national accreditation through Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).