Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MTESOL
Accelerated Program

The Department of English at Arizona State University offers a professional program leading to the MTESOL. This well-established, specialized degree program provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to teach English to speakers of other languages in various parts of the world (including the United States). The focus of the program is on theories and methods of language teaching and the aspects of linguistics that teachers need for effective classroom performance. The master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is intended for those who wish to build a career in the field of English language teaching.

Established in 1969, the MTESOL program has graduated students from various countries and regions in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Melanesia, the Middle East and throughout the United States. The program features internationally known faculty members whose expertise includes computer assisted language learning, curriculum design, English for academic purposes, English as an international language, English grammar and grammar for TESOL, intercultural rhetoric, interlanguage pragmatics, language testing and assessment, materials development, nonnative English speakers in TESOL, second language acquisition, second language phonology and second language writing. Also, these faculty have extensive practical experience designing and teaching ESOL courses in the US and internationally, including general English courses for students of all ages, academic English courses for university students, settlement English courses for refugees and immigrants, and occupational English courses.

Graduates of the MTESOL program have been successful in finding employment in a variety of TESOL-related positions locally, nationally and internationally. Many also continue on to pursue doctoral degrees at Arizona State University and elsewhere.

There are three deadlines for applications to the ASU MTESOL program:  

  • January 15th (to start the program in August);
  • April 15th (to start the program in August);
  • September 15th (to start the program in January).

Applications must be made online (http://graduate.asu.edu/admissions), and require the following supporting documentsa:

  • 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 webpage for the Department's English proficiency requirements.

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

Questions about the application procedure can be directed to the English Department's Graduate Programs Manager, at enggrad@asu.edu

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines: April 15 for fall admission; September 15 for spring admission

Applications require the following steps:

  1. Meet with your undergraduate academic advisor to express your interest and verify that you meet the following criteria: Be a BA English (linguistics) major, with 75 credit hours, a 3.5 GPA in the major, and a 3.0 GPA overall. Please fill out the 4+1 Pre-Application form (41-pre-application-form.pdf). You will need your undergraduate advisor's signature on the form and to then bring the completed form to the Graduate Program Specialist in LL542 before applying.
  2. Once you have received your advisor’s approval and submitted your pre-application form to the Graduate Program Specialist, you will complete a graduate application to the MTESOL program. Such an application requires students to submit an online application to Graduate Education (https://webapp4.asu.edu/dgsadmissions/Index.jsp) along with the following documents:
    1. 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.
    2. A resume.
    3. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the English department.  
  3. The MTESOL admissions committee will review your file and let you know whether you have been admitted to the accelerated BA/MTESOL program shortly after the submission deadline.

Karen L. Adams - Sociolinguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis, language and politics, language and gender, Southeast Asian languages.

Mark A. James - Curriculum, teaching, and learning in second language education, second language acquisition.

Ruby Macksoud - Internships

Aya Matsuda - World Englishes, Teaching English as an international language, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Matthew Prior - second language acquisition, language and emotion, socio-psychological dimensions of language use, multilingualism and identity, discourse analysis (narrative, discursive constructionism, talk-in-interaction, conversation analysis, discursive psychology), qualitative methodologies, and sociolinguistic belonging, particularly for immigrant, transcultural, and LGBTQ communities.

Kathryn Pruitt - Phonology and Morphology.

Elly van Gelderen - Theoretical syntax, Historical syntax, Grammar and history of English, Typology.

Degree Offered

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MTESOL
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Tempe, Online

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadline

THREE deadlines: September 15 for spring, and January 15 and April 15 for fall.

How to Apply

See the  Application Procedures tab above. 

Questions? Contact enggrad@asu.edu

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