Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A. in TESOL)
The program offers advanced and up-to-date knowledge in ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language) methodologies, techniques, strategies and critical thinking teaching across the curriculum. It also includes the use of multimedia technology in the second language acquisition process, and the application of multiple forms of assessment.
The program explores research design methods and writing conventions in the field of TESOL. It also delves deep into the social, cultural, historical, and very personal arenas within sociolinguistics, educational leadership and community involvement. Equally, it explores the practical foundation in linguistics, and its sub-branches, for teachers who want to apply basic linguistic knowledge and research findings to their practice in the classroom or in course and curricula design.
The program has been designed to complement and expand upon the ESL certification requirements in Pennsylvania and other states. This program also will provide an unquestionable “highly qualified” status to its graduates.
The program consists of 12 courses of three credits per course, to be taken in a predetermined fashion.
Therefore, a total of 36 credits are required to complete the M.A. in TESOL program. There are 9 required courses including a Practicum and Masters Project/Thesis, supplemented by 3 elective courses to be selected from the menu of such courses offered at various times.
Note: Students earning the M.A. in TESOL will also receive ESL certification in Penna. ---provided that the student meets state requirements. To be ESL certified in Penna., a teacher must first hold a currently valid teaching certificate (Instructional Level 1 or 2) or, alternatively, the student must have successfully completed all required PRAXIS exams in Penna. in pursuit of his/her teaching certificate.