MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Graduate School Department

Degrees offered

Certificate
Master's

Campuses

Main Campus
Anne Arundel Community College
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC)

Summary

The demand for teachers of English as a second or modern world language—both in the United States and abroad—is higher than ever.  The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides an advanced Program of Study for professionals who wish to pursue careers in teaching English as a second or modern world language.  Through graduate study in pedagogy, linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and second language teaching methodology, this Program develops competencies essential for English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) educators.

Courses in pedagogy introduce students to state-of-the-art practices in education, as well as relevant research in education, enabling students to build a research-based approach to language teaching. In addition, courses in linguistics introduce students to current knowledge with regard to both first and second language acquisition, which will allow students to develop a sound theoretical foundation for their future language teaching practices. Students also study specific issues in applied linguistics and sociolinguistics relevant to the ESL/EFL classroom, such as linguistic variation. Finally, through various methodology and assessment courses, students develop practical skills required for excellence in teaching English as a second or foreign language.

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) consists of six core courses, which are required for all students enrolled in the Program. Students' additional course requirements depend on their choice of concentration.

Program of Study

The Program offers two concentrations. The first prepares students to teach ESOL in U.S. public schools (K-12). The second prepares students for teaching ESOL in post-secondary education, in addition to non-traditional educational settings, such as adult education ESL programs, or EFL (English as a Foreign Language) programs abroad.

K-12 Concentration

The K-12 Concentration prepares students to teach ESOL in U.S. public schools (grades K-12). Candidates pursuing the K-12 concentration will complete a 39-credit Program of Study including a year-long student teaching internship in a Maryland public school. Certification candidates must also complete an ePortfolio and pass the Praxis II exam to earn Maryland K-12 ESOL Certification.

Post-Secondary Concentration

The Post-secondary Concentration prepares students to teach ESOL in post-secondary education, in addition to non-traditional educational settings, such as adult education ESL programs, or EFL (English as a Foreign Language) programs abroad. Candidates pursuing the Post-secondary Concentration will complete a 33-credit Program of Study including a practicum experience where they work with adult learners in the community.

 


Courses

MA in TESOL (Initial K-12 Certification) (39 Credits)

          EDU-508 Issues in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (3)
          EDU-519 Human Development and Learning (3)
          EDU-543 Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
          EDU-545 Principles of Linguistics (3)
          EDU-546 Methods and Materials for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (3)
          EDU-547 Assessing Second Language Acquisition (3)
          EDU-548 Language Learning (3)
          EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
          EDU-586 Techniques of Teaching Reading & Writing to English Language Learners (3)
          EDU-596 English Grammar for English as a Second Language Teachers (3)
          EDU-611 Internship (6)
          SPE-526 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (3)

MA in TESOL (Post-Secondary Education) (33 Credits)

          EDU-508 Issues in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (3)
          EDU-543 Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Educational Research (3)
          EDU-545 Principles of Linguistics (3)
          EDU-546 Methods and Materials for TESOL (3)
          EDU-547 Assessing Second Language Acquisition (3)
          EDU-548 Language Learning (3)
          EDU-556 Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
          EDU-586 Teaching Reading and Writing to English Language Learners (3)
          EDU-596 English Grammar for ESL Teachers (3)

          EDU-697 Language and Intercultural Communication for Changing Populations (3) or
          EDU-698 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity (3)

          EDU-595 Practicum*

*If candidates obtain 150 documented hours of teaching adults in the community, they may choose an EDU 500 elective to complete the 33-credit program.