Language teaching for practicing teachers

NAU’s MA-TESL program offers a Language Teaching for Practicing Teachers track, which offers a blend of theoretical and practical courses, ranging from linguistics to ESL methods and materials. If you’re a practicing K-12 teacher who has already earned teacher certification by the time you have completed the MA-TESL degree, this degree might be perfect for you.


Central courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Second Language Teaching and Learning
  • ESL Methods (reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar)
  • ESL Methods (speaking, listening, and pronunciation)
  • Assessment for Second Language Skills
  • Grammatical Foundations

Like other MA-TESL students, practicing teachers take Introduction to Linguistics and Sociolinguistics.

The MA-TESL Practicing Teacher track differs from the other two MA-TESL tracks by offering a capstone experience during which practicing teachers engage in a supervised classroom-based research project in their own classrooms. This capstone takes the place of a comprehensive exam.

Practicing teachers in the MA-TESL program also earn practicum credit in the confines of their own classrooms.

Arizona ESL endorsement

This program includes all the courses required for the Arizona ESL endorsement. In addition, the Arizona Department of Education requires properly documented second language learning experience.

This requirement may be met in several ways including:

  • six semester hours of study of a foreign language
  • passing the Spanish proficiency exam
  • tribal documentation of proficiency in a native language

More information

Please look at the academic catalog for more information on specific courses.

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