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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA-TESL)

Bicultural-Bilingual Studies  |   Master's Degree

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Purpose of Program

The MA-TESL is a specialized professional degree that enhances a students current qualifications and prepares them for advanced careers in the field of English language teaching. Students will learn methods, techniques and strategies to help them design and deliver effective programs and lessons for students of all ages, from early childhood through adulthood. With this degree, students have the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to multilingual students in the U.S., or can go abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL). A distinctive emphasis of the program is its holistic view of the English language as a component of a student's bi- or multi-lingualism. Dynamic, hands-on courses explore how humans learn second languages, the social and political implications of English in a globalizing world, and best practices for an approach to language teaching that values linguistic and cultural diversity.

Program Options

Three programs of study options allow students to tailor the degree to meet their specific career goals:

    • An electives option provides a strong focus on educational practice through courses covering a wide range of teaching methods.
    • A thesis option emphasizes research and/or preparation for advanced study at the doctoral level.

    • A certification option prepares students to teach within the public school system and meets all Texas Education Agency (TEA) requirements for EC-6 ESL Generalist Certification Initial Teacher Certification

Completion of 36 semester credit hours is required (including a minimum 21 semester credit hours of ESL courses and 9 hours of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies courses).

Career Opportunities

The MA-TESL is widely recognized as an advanced professional qualification in the field of English language teaching. Graduates of the program become teachers/instructors, curriculum developers and program coordinators in diverse settings such as elementary, middle and high schools (with teacher certification), universities and community colleges in the U.S. and abroad, government/military schools, school districts and regional service centers, private international language schools, community-based language programs for immigrants and refugees, corporate training/consulting, and non-profit organizations.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • International students must have a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper) or 79 (Internet)
  • Proficiency or experience learning, using, studying or speaking a language other than English
  • Be in good academic standing at the last institution attended

** Students who do not meet the mimimum admission requirements should contact the program's Student Development Specialist andconsult the Graduate School Catalog for more information, special, or conditional admissions

** Students must complete the MA-TESL / TESL-C Application

Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking

For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)


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