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English, MA: TESOL

ENGLISH OPENS DOORS  With the teaching strategies you’ll gain from our master’s program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), you’ll be prepared for a world of opportunities.

Teach and Cultivate Minds, Globally

The MA program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages uniquely focuses on theory-to-practice teacher preparation, empowering you as a teacher-scholar to conduct your own individualized research and preparing you to excel in a variety of teaching scenarios, from community college classrooms to teaching abroad, or even pursue a doctoral degree.

What the MA in TESOL offers:

  • The TESOL master's program situates teaching English as an international language (TEIL) as a social, cultural, historical, and political endeavor, giving you full insight into TEIL as a contextually driven practice.
  • For a two-semester course sequence, you'll work with mentor faculty in the classroom. You can gain field experience in several ways, such as designing lesson plans and working hands-on with students in small groups.
  • Graduates of this program are uniquely qualified for a range of teaching experiences either at home or abroad, excelling as both teachers and scholars in their field.

New! Graduate Certificate Program

Become a Teacher ofEnglish as an International Language in just two semesters (18 credits)

The TESOL Graduate Certificate of Recognition (GCoR) Program prepares you to teach English abroad. You'll take a set of core courses that situate teaching English as a social, cultural, historical, and political endeavor in a variety of educational institutions outside the United States. You'll also with specific materials (teaching videos, media clips, etc.) describing the cultural and educational backgrounds of the target countries to help you understand how English is learned and used. 

The TESOL GCoR was created for persons who have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and are interested in teaching English abroad.  Students who complete the program and wish to pursue a master’s in TESOL can apply credits earned through the certificate program toward completion of the master's program if they enter the master's program within two years of finishing the certificate program. 

Contact Us

Dr. Gloria Park
Program Coordinator, MA in TESOL; TESOL GCoR
346 Sutton Hall 
(724) 357-3095

Dr. Sharon K. Deckert 
Director, Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL 

Margaret Shotts
Secretary, Graduate Studies in English 

  Composition and TESOL Faculty and Staff 

  • Graduate English
  • Leonard Hall, Room 111
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705-1094
  • Phone: 724-357-2264
  • Fax: 724-357-3056
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.