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    Nov 28, 2022  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
    
American University Catalog 2022-2023

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA)


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Offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures , College of Arts and Sciences .

Admission to the Program


Applicants to the master’s program in TESOL are subject to the minimum university requirements for admission to graduate study. Further, a grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the undergraduate major and two letters of academic reference are required. It is strongly recommended that native speakers of English have some background in at least one other language. Applicants whose native or first language is not English must demonstrate proof of language proficiency by submitting satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test. Part-time as well as full-time students are welcome in the program.

Degree Requirements


  • 36 credit hours of approved TESOL graduate work
  • Completion of a teaching portfolio compiled during course of study
  • An oral comprehensive examination taken after completion of all required graduate work and the teaching portfolio
  • Nonthesis or thesis option with grades of B or better in all courses

Course Requirements


Combined Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA)


American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor’s/master’s programs:

  • Undergraduates with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA will be considered for the combined program
  • Applications must be accompanied by two letters of academic reference and a statement of purpose
  • Students should discuss their interest in the program with the TESOL MA director before submitting a formal application

Note: This program is not designed for K-12 ESOL licensure.

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