Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Matthew Prior, Director

The master's degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is for individuals who wish to build a career in the international field of English language teaching. Through this program, students will develop scholarly and professional understanding in four main areas that are central to TESOL: language, learning, research methods, and teaching methods. 

Students will have opportunities to study a variety of important topics, including computer assisted language learning, critical pedagogy, curriculum design, English as an international language, English for academic purposes, English grammar and grammar for TESOL, intercultural rhetoric, interlanguage pragmatics, language and identity, language testing and assessment, learning transfer, materials development, nonnative English speakers in TESOL, second language acquisition, second language phonology, second language writing, and World Englishes. 

Graduates of the MTESOL program have been successful in finding employment in a variety of TESOL-related positions locally, nationally, and internationally. When students list their degree and other credentials on a CV or other documents, it is important that they use the official degree name: MTESOL, Master of TESOL, Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Using a similar but incorrect name such as "MA in TESOL" or "MA in ESL" creates not only confusion but may be interpreted as falsely representing credentials.

Note: Prospective applicants interested in supporting bilingual and multilingual students in PreK-12 contexts in the US may wish to explore the online Master of Arts in Education (educating multilingual learners) through Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. 

MTESOL Handbook

FAQ

There are three deadlines for applications to the ASU MTESOL program:  

- January 15th (to start the program in August);
- April 15th (to start the program in August);
- September 15th (to start the program in January).

Note: The committee reviews applications shortly after the deadline. The application must be complete with all supporting documents before review. This is the applicant's responsibility. Please plan accordingly when submitting an application.

The MTESOL program is offered in person and online. For more information on MTESOL Online, check the webpage.

Applications must be made online (https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp). In the application, applicants will choose "Tempe" for campus. The following materials are required to apply for the MTESOL or MTESOL Online programs^:

1. Official transcripts. Note that applicants need a grade point average of "B" (3.0) or higher in the final two years of work leading to the bachelor's degree.
2.  A one-page, single-spaced statement of purpose. This document should explain how the ASU MTESOL program fits with the applicant's long-term goals.
3.  A resume.
4. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should provide a clear picture of the applicant's potential for successfully completing a master's degree. So, at least some of the letters should be from university professors who are familiar with the applicant's academic work and with master's level academic programs.

*The GRE is not required for this program.

^International students for whom English is not a native language must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English (Academic) score.  Please refer to the Department's English proficiency requirements.

Please refer to the Department of English Application Procedures for information on how to apply.

Tuition and Fees for MTESOL: Please use this webpage to check in-person rates https://catalog.asu.edu/tuitionandfees

Questions about the application procedure can be directed to the English Department's Graduate Programs Manager, at enggrad@asu.edu

Once admitted to the ASU MTESOL program, students need to complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved graduate-level course work which must include the following:

- LIN501-Approaches to Research (3 credit hours)
- LIN510-Linguistics (3)
- LIN520-Theories underlying the acquisition of English as a second language (3)
- LIN521-Methods of teaching English as a second language (3)
- LIN584-MTESOL practicum internship (3)+
- Electives (12): 3 credit hours of graduate credit in the English department (either LIN or APL courses); 9 credit hours of graduate credit can be from any department (e.g., English, education, international letters and cultures, speech and hearing science).^
- LIN597-Graduate Capstone Seminar (3)*

Also, students must demonstrate or provide evidence of competent knowledge of a natural language other than modern English, to be selected by the student, subject to approval of the MTESOL director. See the Language Requirements webpage for details on how to satisfy this requirement. Students whose native language is not English will have this requirement waived once the Plan of Study (iPOS) has been approved with a full committee.

*Please note that LIN 597 MTESOL Capstone will be offered only in fall starting the 2021-2022 academic year. Any MTESOL students who are planning to graduate in spring or summer should take the capstone in the previous fall. For example, students graduating in Spring 2022 must take it in Fall 2021, students graduating in Spring 2023 must take it in Fall 2022, and so on. It is advisable that students take LIN 520 and LIN 521 before taking LIN 597.

^The total of electives taken outside the English department shall not exceed nine credits. These choices must be approved by the MTESOL director.

+One course in which students can get practical teaching experience is LIN584-MTESOL practicum internship. This is a required course, so all students must take it once; but, students also have the option of taking it more than once, in which case the additional time(s) it is taken could count as an elective(s). Questions about LIN584 can be directed to the English department’s internship director (Ruby.Macksoud@asu.edu).

The program is designed to be completed in 3 semesters of full-time study plus a summer course. For example, as the following table shows, a student who starts the program in Fall 2020 could finish the program in Fall 2021, a student who starts the program in Spring 2021 could finish the program in Spring 2022, and so on:  

  Fall
2020
Spring
2021
Summer
2021
Fall
2021
Spring
2022
Summer
2022
Fall
2022
Spring
2023
LIN510
LIN520
Elective
LIN501
LIN521
Elective
Elective
 
LIN584
LIN597
Elective
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---
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LIN520
LIN521
Elective
Elective
 
LIN501
LIN510
LIN597
LIN584
Elective
Elective
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---
---
---
---
---
LIN510
LIN520
Elective
LIN501
LIN521
Elective
Elective
 
LIN584
LIN597
Elective
---
---
---
---
---
LIN520
LIN521
Elective
Elective
 
LIN501
LIN510
LIN597
LIN584
Elective
Elective

Questions about the degree requirements can be directed to the MTESOL advisor, Aya Matsuda.

More details about the content of the ASU MTESOL program are provided in the MTESOL Handbook.

Applicants should consult the Department of English Application procedures to make sure the proper steps are taken.

Applicants can also consult the list of frequently asked questions about graduate programs in the ASU English Department.

Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.

Karen L. Adams - Sociolinguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis, language and politics, language and gender, Southeast Asian languages.

Mark A. James - Curriculum, teaching, and learning in second language education, second language acquisition.

Ruby Macksoud - Internships

Aya Matsuda - World Englishes/English as an international language, applied linguistics, TESOL.

Tyler Peterson - Documentation, revitalization, and maintenance of endangered Indigenous languages, primarily in the Southwest, Canada, and Oceania.

Matthew Prior - Second language acquisition, language and emotion, socio-psychological dimensions of language use, multilingualism and identity, discourse analysis (narrative, discursive constructionism, talk-in-interaction, conversation analysis, discursive psychology), qualitative methodologies, and sociolinguistic belonging, particularly for immigrant, transcultural, and LGBTQ communities.

Kathryn Pruitt - Phonology and Morphology.

Elly van Gelderen - Theoretical syntax, Historical syntax, Grammar and history of English, Typology.