Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language
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Our TESL degree combines a strong theoretical foundation in
applied linguistics with practical training in the teaching of English to people
who speak other native languages.
The principal goals of the program are to:
- provide the linguistic theory necessary for
- equip teachers with the practical skills needed
for effective language teaching
- prepare students for further study in English
language teaching, applied linguistics, and related fields
The MA-TESL program has three tracks:
Length of program
The MA-TESL program is a
one-and-a-half to two-year course of study. If you have a teaching
assistantship, you should plan on a two-year commitment.
TESL / Applied Linguistics Faculty
MA-TESL and PhD in Applied Linguistics Handbook
MA TESL Catalog Information
The NAU academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source. Please see the academic catalog for the most recent information regarding courses and academic plans.
Graduate Student Association of Applied Linguistics
MA TESL Comprehensive Exam Information Sheet
Comprehensive Exams from previous years: 2016 (January, August), 2015 (January, August), 2014 (January, August), 2013 (January, August), 2012 (January, August), 2011 (January, August), 2010 (January, August)
MA-TESL Writing Requirement Form
Find information on financial aid, including Tuition Waivers and Graduate Assistantships.
Employment after GraduationRead more
Over 90 percent of our MA-TESL graduates have obtained
ESL/EFL teaching positions. Graduates have taught in many countries, including:
Argentina, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Morocco, Namibia, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Uzbekistan
Our graduates have also been employed in:
- adult education
- community colleges
- K-12 public schools
- intensive English programs
- programs for refugees
- US Defense Language Institute
Other EFL positions
Our graduates have worked with:
- US Peace Corps
- US State Department English Language Fellow (ELF) Program
Other ESL-related positions
Our graduates have worked as curriculum specialists, test-item developers, or
- Cambridge University Press
- Educational Testing Service (ETS)
- Second Language Testing, Inc.