Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Arts and Letters

Department of English

Teaching English as a Second Language, Master of Arts


Academic Information

This program of study combines a strong theoretical foundation in applied linguistics with practical training in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.  The principal goals of the program are to provide the linguistic foundations for English as a second/foreign language teaching, equip teachers with the practical skills needed for effective language teaching, and prepare students for further study (including doctoral-level studies) in applied linguistics and related fields. This advanced degree offers students options to pursue different combinations of required and elective classes to meet their needs.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Arts and Letters

Department of English

Teaching English as a Second Language, Master of Arts


Careers

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

The MA TESL degree provides students with the theory and practical skills needed for effective language teaching and related career paths. It also prepares students for further study in applied linguistics and related fields. The degree opens up many career opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Teacher of English as a second language (in English speaking countries) in, for example, university intensive English programs, community colleges, adult education programs, language programs for new immigrants and refugees
  • Teacher of English as a foreign language (in non-English speaking countries), in, for example, universities, private language schools, binational centers, English for academic purposes foundation programs
  • Language program coordinator or administrator
  • Test developer
  • Teacher trainer
  • Curriculum/materials specialist (for publishing houses)
  • English Language Fellow, U.S. Peace Corps teacher
  • ESL coordinator in K-12 contexts (for those who enter the program with teaching credentials)

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Arts and Letters

Department of English

Teaching English as a Second Language, Master of Arts


University Requirements

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Arts and Letters

Department of English

Teaching English as a Second Language, Master of Arts


Overview

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 Optional
Arizona Certification/Endorsement May prepare student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement based on options selected.
Thesis Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Oral Defense Oral Defense may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Foreign Language A foreign language may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
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Purpose Statement

Our TESL degree combines a strong theoretical foundation in applied linguistics with practical training in the teaching of English to people who speak other native languages. The principal goals of the program are to:

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), students will have the ability to:

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Arts and Letters

Department of English

Teaching English as a Second Language, Master of Arts


Details

Additional Admission Requirements
Master's Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Arts and Letters

Department of English

Teaching English as a Second Language, Master of Arts


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