Train to teach English as a second language in a variety of settings or as a foreign language abroad.
About the Program
Our M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language program is designed for current and future professionals in teaching English as a second/foreign language, and applied linguistics. The program offers a balanced emphasis on theory, research, and practice.
You'll learn the theory and practices of teaching, learning, language, the contexts of teaching and learning, and professionalism.
See our Student Handbook for more details about the program.
Internationally Respected Faculty
Because of our relatively small size (yearly cohorts of 8-12 individuals), you can count on individualized attention from professors. You'll take courses focused on theory, research, and practice taught by professors whose research specialty corresponds to the course topic. Many of these courses will also include doctoral students in SLAT and other programs. Our faculty members are internationally respected experts in the fields of socio-cognitive approaches to second language acquisition, second language writing, corpus linguistics, classroom discourse analysis, and technology-enhanced language teaching.
Program of Study
The degree requires 33 credit hours of coursework, traditionally completed in 4 semesters. See degree requirements.
In your final semester, you'll complete the Applied ESL seminar, which includes completion of a teaching portfolio and an action research project, presentation of the project, and professional development and job preparation activities.
Graduate Student Funding
Graduate assistantships may be available on a limited basis, contingent on availability of funds. We are uncertain whether such funding will be available for incoming MA TESL students for academic year 2021-22.
About a third of our graduates go on to Ph.D. studies at universities around the United States and the world. Some are accepted into the Graduate Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT).
Another third of our M.A. graduates secure employment as adult ESL instructors in the United States, for example at intensive English programs or at community education centers. Another third teach English as a foreign language outside of the United States. Job opportunities are plentiful, especially in East Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
For general information about the program, please contact the program assistant.
English Applied Linguistics Program
Department of English
1423 E. University Blvd. Rm. 445
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067 U.S.A.
Specific inquires can be directed to Jonathon Reinhardt, Program Director.