Become a Leader in Language Teaching
You understand the importance of teaching and you’re ready to make a positive impact on learners around the world. Pursue your master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and take the next step in your development as a teacher of English.
What Will You Learn?
The master’s in TESOL program at IUP is research-driven and will prepare you to teach English as an international language.
- Gain valuable direct classroom experience. Working with faculty members, you will observe and teach plurilingual students.
- Learn in community. The program is based on a cohort model. Over the course of two academic years, you’ll take required and elective courses with a group of fellow TESOL master’s students.
- Explore the bigger context. Study how English as a global language is situated in the sociopolitical context. Together, we’ll investigate issues of power and how these forces are connected to learning and teaching English as a second language.
Imagine Your Future
By earning your master's in TESOL, you’ll be well prepared for a variety of rewarding opportunities—and, you’ll stand out in a competitive market. Here are just a few possible paths after graduation.
- Secure a teaching position abroad or in a US community college.
- Enter a doctoral program in applied linguistics, composition, curriculum and instruction, or writing/rhetoric.
- Join a publishing company specializing in English as a Global Language and utilize your expertise developing texts and materials.
- Become a leader in a nonprofit or government agency.
Classes and Requirements
The MA TESOL consists of 36 credit hours, immersing you in the complexities of English as a global language.
What You’ll Study
- First year, fall semester: Requirements are Introduction to TESOL; ESOL Teaching Methodology, Materials, and Instructional Technology; and Introduction to Research in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.
- First year, spring semester: Second Language Acquisition; Second Language Literacy; and Cross-Cultural Communication.
- Second year, fall semester: Observation in Teaching English plus two electives.
- Second year, spring semester: Practicum in TESOL plus two electives.
Choose your electives based on your interests. Possibilities include: Global Englishes; Language Teacher Identities; Research and Practice in the Teaching of College Composition; and Language and Social Context.
Full Academic Catalog Listing
The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.
Choose the format that works best for you and launch a fulfilling career teaching English as a second language.
Early Admission for IUP Undergraduates
Early admission is possible. Learn more about the early admission process.
Explore the one-year TESOL graduate certificate of recognition program.
Teach and Learn
If you’re interested in teaching while studying, it’s possible to take courses for two consecutive semesters; seek a teaching position outside the US; and return to IUP within two years to finish the master's in TESOL program.