St. Cloud State University

College of Fine Arts and Humanities

English - TESL


St. Cloud State UniversitySchool of Graduate Studies720 Fourth Avenue South

Stewart Hall 257

Saint Cloud, MN 56301

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - English, TESL emphasis., Licensure in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program will prepare you to teach students in the United States and throughout in the world. A campus-wide focus on cultural diversity will introduce you to a community of learners in a local context. You will learn the intricacies of linguistics and teaching from specialists who have lived, worked and taught throughout the world. You will have the opportunity to put your skills to work in a graduate assistantship at St. Cloud State's English for Academic Purposes program or the Intensive English Center, a program that trains more than 100 English language learners from more than 15 countries each year. These two centers offer 50 assistantships each year. 

Program Highlights

  • Courses available in the on campus and online.
  • The licensure program is available on campus or online with a previous Minnesota license, the K-12 ESL licensure program course can be completed online. 
  • 22 percent students are from diverse U.S. backgrounds and 28 percent are international students. 
  • Graduates receive professional credentials.
  • The on-campus program can be taken in conjunction with a K-12 ESL licensure for the State of Minnesota.
  • 50 graduate assistantships available for qualified applicants. 
  • The federally-sponsored TEACH Grant program offers up to $4,000 per year for students seeking K-12 ESL licensure​.
  • 1+1 options offered in conjunction with partner institutions in Korea. 
  • A Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages graduate certificate also available. 



International Student Requirements:

In addition to submitting an application, application fee, GRE/GMAT scores if required by program, and 3 letters of recommendation, international students must also submit scores from a language admission exam and financial documentation stating that the student has the funds to cover the cost of graduate study. Qualifying language admission exams and required scores are as follows: TOEFL: 213 on the computer exam, 550 on the paper exam or 79 on the iBT with no subscore under 17; Michigan Placement Test: 80; IELTS: 6.5.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36-39

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 344.74 resident/538.86 non-resident. 428.74 online USD

In State Tuition (per year): 9170 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 13829 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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