The Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (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, and serves as a foundation for doctoral-level studies.
We believe that our commitment to offering the appropriate course work in a variety
of formats, including entirely online, makes it possible for students with differing
needs to achieve their educational goals efficiently.
Having a state-issued ESOL K-12 license or any subject teacher license with the TESOL
endorsement is a plus to teach K-12 schools, adult education centers, overseas, or online:
ANCILLARY K-12 ESOL LICENSURE
Students who complete the M.A TESOL, Praxis 5362 (English to Speakers of Other Languages),
an AELS background check, and the required IDEAS professional development modules
can apply for an ancillary K-12 ESOL teaching license.
Certified Arkansas teachers can add an endorsement in English as a Second Language
by completing the four courses listed below and passing the Praxis 5362 examination.
Each course is offered at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. For additional
information contact Dr. David Bell, Arkansas Tech's Licensure Officer.
Flexible only four of ten courses are prescribed. There is no set sequence of courses
Multiple entry points Students may start the degree fall, spring, or summer
We offer three summer sessions (3 weeks in May, 5 weeks June-July, 5 weeks July-August)
HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities
Some courses offer students opportunities to integrate their experience with English
Local students are able to take advantage of opportunities to observe instruction
in our writing center, local ESL classrooms, or the adult education center.
SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN
Demonstrated knowledge of TESL methodology.
Ability to generate writing that demonstrates an advanced ability to analyze and synthesize
Ability to conduct original research.
Demonstrated knowledge of linguistic theories of second language acquisition.
Demonstrated awareness of how cultural factors affect second language acquisition.
Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school
code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.