Program Coordinator: Scott Stevens

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 Requirements

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).

Affiliated Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff affiliated with the TESL program are:

Learn More

For more information about this program, please contact Scott Stevens, program coordinator, at You may also request more information or contact us with questions through our online form.