College of Arts and Letters2013-2014

Department of English

Teaching English as a Second Language - Language Teaching for Practicing Teachers, Master of Arts

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2014

We designed this academic plan for practicing teachers who either have K-12 certification or will by the time they complete this plan.


What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language - Language Teaching for Practicing Teachers?

If you’re a practicing teacher who has earned, or is in the process of earning, teacher certification and are looking to enhance your skills, our program is perfect. You’ll take a blend of theoretical and practical courses, ranging from linguistics to English as a Second Language (ESL) methods and materials.

You’ll also be offered courses in assessment for second language skills, fundamentals of second language teaching, and grammatical foundations. This program can culminate in a capstone experience with real-world applications: you can engage in a supervised classroom-based research project in your own classroom instead of taking the comprehensive exam. You also earn practicum credit in the confines of your own classroom. The program includes all the course requirements for the Arizona ESL endorsement.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Publisher
  • International educator
  • Test developer
  • Community college instructor

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

Minimum Units for Completion 37
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Arizona Certification/Endorsement Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.
Foreign Language A foreign language is required.
Research Individualized research is required.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement or essay
Master's Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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