The English Applied Linguistics (EAL) program offers courses in the fields of Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) and Applied Linguistics, with particular emphasis on second language acquisition, language pedagogy, second language writing, and technology, especially where these fields focus on English. EAL faculty are nationally and internationally recognized scholars in these fields.
The EAL Program offers a 30 credit hour, internationally recognized Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MATESL) degree program, designed for current and future professionals in TESL/TEFL and applied linguistics, that combines theory, research, and practice. The EAL program is the only academic unit at the University of Arizona authorized by the Arizona Board of Regents to offer graduate degrees in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language to adults (CIP 13.1401). Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available.
The program also offers an on-campus or online 15-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language, as well as courses in sociolinguistics and TESL for undergraduates, an undergraduate concentration for English majors, and spoken academic English courses for undergraduate and graduate non-native speakers.
The program is affiliated with the Graduate Interdisciplinary PhD in SLAT, and successful MA graduates are offered preferential consideration for admission into SLAT.
The program does not offer State of Arizona K-12 ESL endorsement, although some courses may count towards it. Check the College of Education for information on state teaching endorsements.