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

Between Classes

The M.A. in TESOL is available to the full range of graduate students, domestic and international, who are interested in advancing their knowledge of and credentials in the teaching of English language learners. We believe that our commitment to offering the appropriate course work in a variety of formats and locations will make it possible for students with differing needs to efficiently achieve their educational goals.

M.A. TESOL Examination

M.A. TESOL students who are not practicing licensed teachers and who do not complete the TESOL Practicum as part of their degree program are required to complete the MA TESOL Examination as part of their degree. The examination is administered three times a year on the first Saturdays of April, August and November. Click this link to access the application to take the M.A. TESOL Examination.

Examination Dates

The M.A. TESOL Examination will be administered on the following dates

  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Examination Committee

Each student selects a TESOL Examination committee by identifying three courses he or she has taken as part of the M.A. TESOL and submitting this course list to the English and World Languages Department Head. If the list is approved, the Department Head solicits an examination question or questions from the professors who taught the courses selected by the student. A student may select two courses taught by the same professor, but each student's examination committee must comprise at least two professors. With the permission of the Department Head a student may elect to take only one or two parts of the examination on a specific examination date.

The Examination

The M.A. TESOL Examination consists of three parts. Each part concentrates on one of the three courses identified by the student and approved by the Department Head. Students will be given 90 minutes to complete each section.

Each part will be graded pass or fail by the graduate professor who wrote the question or questions for that particular part. Students must pass all three parts of the examination.

Students will be notified of examination results within two weeks of the examination date.

Retaking Examinations

A student who fails some portion of the examination may retake the failed parts or parts at the next scheduled administration or at a special administration scheduled at the discretion of the Department Head.

A student who fails one or more parts of the examination on a second attempt may petition the Department Head for a third (and final) chance. A student does not have an automatic right to take the examination a third time. A student whose petition is denied may appeal the decision to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Contact Information

For further information regarding this degree or how the changes to the degree requirements might affect you contact the Program Director

Carl Brucker
Department of English and World Languages
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR 72801
(479) 968-0484