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School of Education

M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language

M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

The M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) prepares students to teach in classrooms with English Language Learners and to teach English as a second language in colleges and language institutes in the U.S. and abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue the degree as full-time students and all students will complete a teaching practicum.

Current UD English majors can complete the M.A. in one year through the 4+1 program in TESL.

Program Coordinator: Scott Stevens

The M.A. in TESL program is 33 credits and students can pursue teacher certification during the program.

The following information is for students entering the M.A. in TESL program in Fall 2014 or later. Please see the previous program policy statement for program requirements if you began the M.A. before this time.

Education Core Courses (9 credits)

  • EDUC 623: Applied Human Development in the Schools
  • EDUC 740: Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners
  • EDUC 741: Diversity in ESL Classrooms

Linguistics and TESL Courses (18 credits)

  • LING 676: Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
  • LING 677: The Structure of English
  • FLLT 622: Language Syllabus Design
  • FLLT 624: Second Language Testing
  • EDUC 672: Teaching English as a Second Language
  • EDUC 647: Advanced Methods in Teaching ESL

Teaching Practicum (6 credits)

Students who are not seeking teacher certification complete EDUC 742: Practicum in TESL while students who are seeking teacher certification complete EDUC 750: Graduate Teaching Internship (student teaching).

All applicants should complete the UD online graduate applicationAdditional information can be found at our How to Apply page.

The final application deadline for Fall semester is June 1. However, UD English majors who are applying for the 4+1 program should apply by November 1 of their junior year.

For information about graduate tuition, visit UD’s graduate tuition page for CEHD programs.

Some items specific to the M.A. in TESL program include:

    Please do not send any transcripts to the School of Education.
  • GRE scores are required. However, there is an exception for UD English majors who are applying to the 4+1 program, and 4+1 applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • Students whose native language is not English must submit official score reports of the TOEFL or IELTS test. The minimum acceptable score for the paper-based TOEFL is 600; the minimum acceptable score for the Internet-based TOEFL is 100. The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is 7.0.
  • A resume is required. All graduate programs require the submission of a resume.
  • The M.A. in TESL  program does require a specific question be answered for the personal statement or essay section of the application. The question of M.A. in TESL candidates to be answered is:

You should present a carefully planned and written statement of one to two pages in length describing what led you to pursue a degree in TESL, any past work in TESL or TEFL, your expectations of the University of Delaware M.A. in TESL program, and how you intend to use the degree to fulfill your professional career or further educational aspirations. Please include additional information you feel important for the graduate committee to know about you. If you are currently registered in a graduate program at this or another university, please explain why you wish to leave. The personal statement must be submitted electronically as part of the admissions application.

Cohort Scheduling

Because the University of Delaware’s M.A. in TESL degree is designed as a cohort program that fosters cooperation and collegiality among candidates, the admissions committee generally admits students only for the Fall semester. Requests for a Spring admission will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with requests being directed in writing to Dr. Scott Stevens (sstevens@udel.edu) by October 1. If the request is approved, complete applications for Spring admission must be received no later than November 1.

Program Faculty

The faculty and staff affiliated with the TESL program are: