Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MTESOL


At a Glance: program details



Are you interested in language and the pursuit of an exciting career teaching English anywhere in the world? This flexible program (offered in-person or online) is supported by supervised internships, and you'll work closely with expert faculty in linguistics and applied linguistics to develop your professional skills and knowledge.

Program Description

Degree Awarded: MTESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The MTESOL program is for individuals who desire to build a career in the international field of teaching English as a second or additional language. Students develop scholarly and professional knowledge and skills in four central areas: language, learning, teaching and research.

Students have opportunities to study a variety of key topics, including second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, critical pedagogy, curriculum design, global Englishes, teaching English as an international language, English for specific purposes, English grammar, intercultural rhetoric, discourse analysis, interlanguage pragmatics, language and identity, language testing and assessment, learning transfer, materials development, non-native English speakers in TESOL, second language phonology and second language writing.

Matthew Prior, Director

Kira Assad, Program Manager (MTESOL Online)

Samantha Franze, Graduate Academic Advisor (MTESOL On-Ground)

Faculty in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

The master's degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is for individuals who wish to build a career in the international field of English language teaching. Through this program, students will develop scholarly and professional understanding in four main areas that are central to TESOL: language, learning, research methods, and teaching methods.

Students will have opportunities to study a variety of important topics, including computer assisted language learning, critical pedagogy, curriculum design, English as an international language, English for academic purposes, English grammar and grammar for TESOL, intercultural rhetoric, interlanguage pragmatics, language and identity, language testing and assessment, learning transfer, materials development, nonnative English speakers in TESOL, second language acquisition, second language phonology, second language writing, and World Englishes.

Graduates of the MTESOL program have been successful in finding employment in a variety of TESOL-related positions locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Note: The MTESOL program does not offer certification to teach in US K-12 public schools. For more information on certification to teach in the Arizona public school system, current students may contact the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at GradEdPrep@asu.edu. You may also want to view ASU's licensure information or MLFTC's student success site. For other licensure requirements, please contact your state’s Department of Education.

When students list their degree and other credentials on a CV or other documents, it is important that they use the official degree name: MTESOL, Master of TESOL, Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Using a similar but incorrect name such as "MA in TESOL" or "MA in ESL" creates not only confusion but may be interpreted as falsely representing credentials.

Prospective applicants interested in supporting bilingual and multilingual students in PreK-12 contexts in the US may wish to explore the online Master of Arts in Education (educating multilingual learners) through Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. 

Culture of Respect: Graduate students are expected to treat their peers, faculty, and staff with respect and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Disrespectful behavior on the part of students toward any member of the ASU community will not be tolerated. Students can expect to be treated with courtesy and professionalism, and the same is expected of them. Students are welcome to contact the department with any questions or concerns.

The Tempe campus and ASU Online Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) degrees have specific information related to the campus the student is attending. See the Degree Details accordions at the bottom of this page for detailed information.



Degree Details

MTESOL Online

Admission

See the Application Deadlines tab for dates to apply.

Applications must be made online (https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp). In the application, applicants will choose "online" for campus. The following materials are required to apply to the MTESOL Online program^:

  • Official transcripts. Note that applicants need a grade point average of "B" (3.0) or higher in the final two years of work leading to the bachelor's degree.
  • A one-page, single-spaced statement of purpose. This document should explain how the ASU MTESOL program fits with the applicant's long-term goals.
  • A resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation. These letters should provide a clear picture of the applicant's potential for successfully completing a master's degree. So, at least some of the letters should be from university professors who are familiar with the applicant's academic work and with master's level academic programs.

*The GRE is not required for this program.

^International students for whom English is not a native language must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English (Academic) score.  Please refer to the Department's English proficiency requirements.

Please refer to the Department of English Application Procedures for information on how to apply.

Tuition and Fees for MTESOL Online: Students whose campus is online will be charged the graduate tuition online rate. Students will also pay a program fee of $225 per credit hour. This fee supports the development, construction and maintenance of the online courses. Each session students will also pay a FA Trust fee and a tech fee. For a breakdown of the tuition and fees, please see ASU Online What it Costs. Take a look at our Fund Your Graduate Education webpage for funding details.

Questions about the application procedure can be directed to the English Department's advising team at enggrad@asu.edu.

Requirements

Once admitted to the ASU MTESOL program, students need to complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved graduate-level course work. The program requirements include (with the exception of the capstone and internship, classes can be taken in any order):

  • LIN 501 Approaches to Research (3 credit hours)
  • LIN 510 Linguistics* (3)
  • LIN 520 Second Language Acquisition Theory (3)
  • LIN 521 Methods of teaching English as a second language (3)
  • LIN 584 MTESOL practicum internship+ (3) - cannot be taken in the first two semesters of the program and requires specialized course registration with at least three-months processing time (please plan accordingly)
  • Electives^ (12): 6 credit hours of graduate credit in the English department (either LIN or APL courses); 6 credit hours of graduate credit can consist of other LIN or APL courses, or with prior approval, ENG courses or courses outside the English department (e.g., education, school of international letters and cultures, speech and hearing science, psychology).
  • LIN 597 MTESOL Capstone (3) - taken in the final semester of the program in session B

MTESOL Online Course Rotation (subject to change) - current
MTESOL Online Course Rotation (subject to change) - begins Fall 2024
ASU Online courses are set up in 7.5 weeklong sessions (session A and session B) within each 15 weeklong semester (session C).

Also, students must demonstrate or provide evidence of competent knowledge of a natural language other than modern English. See the Language Requirements webpage for details on how to satisfy this requirement. International students whose native language is not English will have this requirement waived once the Plan of Study (iPOS) has been approved with a full committee.

*Credit can only be earned for LIN 510 Linguistics or BLE 537 Linguistics for Educators. Note that MTESOL students are required to take LIN 510. Students who have taken or plan to take BLE 537 should consult their graduate advisor.

^Pre-Approved Electives (offerings of the courses may vary per semester): APL 557 Computer-Assisted Language Learning, APL 558 Computer-Assisted Language Learning Praxis, LIN 517 History of English, LIN 522 Grammar, LIN 523 Language Testing and Assessment, LIN 524 Curriculum Design, LIN 591 Topic (repeatable for credit when topics vary; for example, Teaching English as an International Language, Native Speakerism, English for Specific Purposes. For further topic information, see LIN 591 Topic Descriptions.)

^Beginning Spring 2024, 6 credit hours of electives must be either LIN or APL courses and 6 credit hours can consist of other LIN or APL courses, or with prior approval, ENG courses or courses outside the English department. Those admitted before Spring 2024 still have the option to complete 3 credit hours of either LIN or APL courses and 9 credit hours of other LIN or APL courses, or with prior approval, ENG courses or courses outside the English department.

+Practicum Internship

The LIN 584 MTESOL Practicum Internship is a required, supervised independent-study (self-driven) academic course for 3 credit hours. Students in the course are expected to complete 150 hours of TESOL practicum internship work in order to earn the required credit hours. Although the course is offered in session A, the TESOL practicum internship work and academic coursework is completed over 15 weeks of the semester (approximately 10 hours of onsite internship work per week), in order to accommodate different practicum internship experiences and student work schedules. LIN 584 is a course in which students are expected to apply their MTESOL academic knowledge and training and technical TESOL skills, and so the course cannot be taken in the first two semesters of the MTESOL program.

As an experiential-learning MTESOL Practicum Internship, LIN 584 provides a real-world context (both within and outside of the US) for English language teaching, observation, tutoring, curriculum design, and/or materials development. Along with completing 150 hours of TESOL practicum internship work, MTESOL students in LIN 584 are expected to complete graded and supervised academic coursework through (a) a required course textbook, (b) weekly group reflection work, (c) a professional TESOL e-portfolio, and (d) a final academic paper. There are also mandatory virtual meetings with the course instructor throughout the semester.

Please note that all LIN 584 MTESOL Practicum Internship work sites must have a clear TESOL focus, and unlike other academic courses in the MTESOL program, LIN 584 requires the completion of specialized course registration and (practicum internship approval) legal paperwork for ASU and the department of English at least 3 months in advance of the start of the course.

To start the LIN 584 MTESOL Practicum Internship approval and paperwork process, contact the Director of Internships and the course instructor at ruby.macksoud@asu.edu.

MTESOL On-Ground

Admission

The deadlines are July 22nd (fall admission) and Dec 15th (spring admission).

Note: The committee reviews applications shortly after the deadline. The application must be complete with all supporting documents before review. This is the applicant's responsibility. Please plan accordingly when submitting an application.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) in English must apply online and submit the following:

  1. Three letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with their work.
  2. One to two page, single spaced statement of purpose.
  3. Resume or vita.
  4. Graduate Admissions application.
  5. Academic writing sample.
  6. Official transcripts.

*The GRE is not required for admission

International students must have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score report sent to the Graduate College. Please refer to the English Proficiency Score requirements.

Foreign Language Requirement

See the Department of English Application Process for more information.

Requirements

Once admitted to the ASU MTESOL program, students need to complete a minimum of 30 hours of approved graduate-level course work which must include the following:

  • LIN 501 Approaches to Research (3 credit hours)
  • LIN 510 Linguistics (3)^
  • LIN 520 Second Language Acquisition Theory (3)
  • LIN 521 Methods of teaching English as a second language (3)
  • LIN 584 MTESOL practicum internship (3)+
  • Electives (12)~: 6 credit hours of graduate credit in the English department (either LIN or APL courses); 6 credit hours of graduate credit can consist of other LIN or APL courses, or with prior approval, ENG courses or courses outside the English department (e.g., education, school of international letters and cultures, speech and hearing science, psychology).
  • LIN 597 MTESOL Capstone (3)*

Also, students must demonstrate or provide evidence of competent knowledge of a natural language other than modern English. See the Language Requirements webpage for details on how to satisfy this requirement. International students whose native language is not English will have this requirement waived once the Plan of Study (iPOS) has been approved with a full committee.

*Please note that LIN 597 MTESOL Capstone will be offered only in fall starting the 2021-2022 academic year. Any MTESOL students who are planning to graduate in spring or summer should take the capstone in the previous fall. For example, students graduating in Spring 2022 must take it in Fall 2021, students graduating in Spring 2023 must take it in Fall 2022, and so on. It is advisable that students take LIN 520 and LIN 521 before taking LIN 597.

^Credit can only be earned for LIN 510 Linguistics or BLE 537 Linguistics for Educators. Note that MTESOL students are required to take LIN 510. Students who have taken or plan to take BLE 537 should consult their graduate advisor.

+One course in which students can get practical teaching experience is LIN584 MTESOL practicum internship. This is a required course, so all students must take it once, but students also have the option of taking it more than once, in which case the additional time(s) it is taken could count as an elective(s). Questions about LIN584 can be directed to the English department’s internship director (Ruby.Macksoud@asu.edu).

~Beginning Spring 2024, 6 credit hours of electives must be either LIN or APL courses and 6 credit hours can consist of other LIN or APL courses, or with prior approval, ENG courses or courses outside the English department. Those admitted before Spring 2024 still have the option to complete 3 credit hours of either LIN or APL courses and 9 credit hours of other LIN or APL courses, or with prior approval, ENG courses or courses outside the English department.

The program is designed to be completed in 3 semesters of full-time study plus a summer course. For example, as the following table shows, a student who starts the program in Fall 2021 could finish the program in Fall 2022, a student who starts the program in Spring 2022 could finish the program in Spring 2023, and so on:  

  Fall
2021
Spring
2022
Summer
2022
Fall
2022
Spring
2023
Summer
2023
Fall
2023
Spring
2024
LIN510
LIN520
Elective
LIN501
LIN521
Elective
Elective
LIN584
LIN597
Elective
---
---
---
---
---
LIN520
LIN521
Elective
Elective
LIN501
LIN510
LIN597
LIN584
Elective
Elective
---
---
---
---
---
---
LIN510
LIN520
Elective
LIN501
LIN521
Elective
Elective
LIN584
LIN597
Elective
---
---
---
---
---
LIN520
LIN521
Elective
Elective
LIN501
LIN510
LIN597
LIN584
Elective
Elective

Questions about the degree requirements can be directed to the MTESOL advisor, Aya Matsuda.

More details about the content of the ASU MTESOL program are provided in the MTESOL Handbook.

Applicants should consult the Department of English Application procedures to make sure the proper steps are taken.

Applicants can also consult the list of frequently asked questions about graduate programs in the ASU English Department.

Important Notice to Current International Students: In order for international students to maintain good standing for their VISAs, they must take a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester (i.e., 3 classes), 6 of which should be face-to-face classes.

Accelerated Degree Option (4 + 1)

Accelerated master's (previously called 4+1) degree programs combining undergraduate and graduate coursework in your senior year for dual credit, you'll save up to an entire year of schooling and receive both degrees in as little as five years.


Degree Requirements

30 credit hours including the required capstone course (LIN 597) and a foreign language exam

Required Core (12 credit hours)
LIN 501 Approaches to Research (3)
LIN 510 Linguistics (3)
LIN 520 Second-Language Acquisition Theories (3)
LIN 521 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3)

Other Requirement (3 credit hours)
LIN 584 Internship (3)

Electives or Research (12 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
LIN 597 Capstone (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
The foreign language requirement must be completed during the program prior to the master's degree being awarded.

The capstone is overseen by a director chosen from the Department of English linguistics and TESOL faculty.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants may have undergraduate majors in the following fields, but are not limited to these: anthropology, applied linguistics, cognitive science, communication, comparative languages and literatures, education, English literature, history and law.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. statement of purpose
  4. resume
  5. two letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English and has not graduated from an institution of higher learning in the United States must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of their current residency. Applications will not be processed without valid proof of English proficiency; official scores must be sent to ASU in order for the application to be processed.

Applicants must submit a one-page, single-spaced, well-considered statement of purpose in which they explain how their experience and training have prepared them for the program, their aims and purposes in pursuing the MTESOL degree, and their plans for the future.

Two letters of recommendation are required. A third letter is optional. The letters should provide a clear picture of the applicant's potential for successfully completing a master's degree, so at least one of the letters should be from a university professor who is familiar with the applicant's academic work and with master's level academic programs.


Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

BA - English (Linguistics)

Prepare yourself to thrive in a global society by exploring the origin and use of language in a variety of cultures. Enter an exciting field of study that prepares you for a multitude of careers.

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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Application Deadlines

Fall

Session
Modality
Deadline
Type

Session A/C
In Person
July 22nd
Final
Session A/C
Online
July 24th
Final
Session B
Online
September 18th
Final

Spring

Session
Modality
Deadline
Type

Session A/C
In Person
December 14th
Final
Session A/C
Online
December 11th
Final
Session B
Online
February 12th
Final

Summer

Session
Modality
Deadline
Type

Session A/C
Online
April 18th
Final
Session B
Online
June 3rd
Final


Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate and apply theories, key concepts, methods, and materials in second language teaching.
  • Apply theories and pedagogical knowledge to evaluate and create real-world teaching, materials development, or related professional practices in TESOL.
  • Synthesize and apply theories, research, and key concepts in second language learning and development.

Career Opportunities

Language professionals with training and expertise in TESOL remain in high demand in the U.S. and abroad. TESOL-related skills are valuable in businesses and institutions, as well as to individuals of a wide range of linguistic and cultural contexts who rely on the ability to learn, teach and communicate effectively in a globally connected world.

Career examples include:

  • adult education teacher
  • consultant
  • English language or foreign language teacher
  • international aid worker
  • materials designer or developer
  • program and curriculum developer
  • refugee English coordinator
  • teacher trainer

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

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Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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