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American University, Washington D.C.
Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments
East Carolina University
Linguatower, Inc.
Northern Arizona University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Alabama
University of Texas at San Antonio


American University, Washington D.C.

Department: Language and Foreign Studies

Program: TESOL Program

Degree(s) Offered: B.A./M.A in TESOL, M.A. in TESOL (with a joint AU/Peace Corps program option), Graduate Certificate in TESOL, M.A.T. in ESOL track in conjunction with the School of Education, Teaching and Health.

Length of Program: Certificate can be completed over one summer or in 2 semesters, M.A. programs – 2 years based on full-time enrollment. Part-time and full-time students are welcome in the program.

Program Requirements: M.A. in TESOL – 36 credit hours of approved TESOL course work, completion of a teaching portfolio, an oral comprehensive examination. Thesis or non-thesis option.
Certificate in TESOL – 15 credit hours of approved TESOL course work. This program is not designed for K-12 ESOL licensure.

Courses Offered: Required courses include Principles of Linguistics, English Language Teaching I, II and III, Structure of English, Second Language Acquisition, Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom, Language Assessment, Teaching Grammar or Teaching Pronunciation, AU/Peace Corps Internship (for Peace Corps program). Electives include Reading and Writing in the ESL/EFL Classroom, Curriculum and Materials Design, Technology for Language Teaching and Learning, Independent Reading Course, Independent Study Project, Internship, Master's Thesis Seminar.

Full-time Faculty & Staff: Naomi Baron, Robin Barr (Linguist in Residence), Heather Linville, Younghee Sheen, Polina Vinogradova (Program Director), Omoladun Tyehimba (Administrative Assistant)

Requirements for Admission: Applicants to the Master's program in TESOL are subject to the minimum university requirements for admission, a GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the undergraduate major, GRE scores, and two letters or academic reference. It is strongly recommended that native speakers of English have some background in at least one other language. International students are expected to demonstrate competence in English equivalent to a score of 600 (100 on the ibt) or better on the TOEFL. Peace Corps program applicants should apply separately to American University and the Peace Corps.
For applicants to the Certificate program, a GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required. International students must demonstrate competence in English equivalent to a score of 600 or above (100 on the ibt) on the TOEFL.

Tuition, Fees & Other Expenses: Detailed information about tuition and fees is available here

Financial Aid: The program offers a limited number of merit awards that include tuition remission of up to 9 credit hours per semester and a stipend and require students to work as Graduate Assistants for up to 20 hours per week. For more information on financial aid see

General Statement: TESOL program at American University is distinctive due to its unique balance of theoretical and practical exploration and offers a variety of opportunities in TESOL. Students read and conduct research in the field of TESOL to inform their teaching practices, including planning lessons and designing assessments for English language classes. Concurrently, students are present in English language learning environments from the beginning of their TESOL course of study in such capacities as observer, tutor, and student-teacher. Faculty draw on their extensive teaching experience, research, and interaction with other cultures to provide pragmatic lessons and advice to TESOL students.

Summer Session: The program offers Summer Sessions I and II (7 weeks each) and Summer Intensive Workshop on various topics lead by visiting scholars.

Contact for Further Information:
Omoladun Tyehimba Administrative Assistant
TESOL Program
Department of Language and Foreign Studies 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-885-2582
Fax: 202-885-1356

Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments

CaMLA helps individuals and educational, governmental, and private-sector institutions meet their language assessment needs by offering a comprehensive and flexible set of the highest-quality products and services. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, CaMLA is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and the University of Cambridge, two institutions with long and distinguished histories in the field of language assessment, teaching, and research.

CaMLA works with colleges and universities, education departments and ministries, businesses, and governmental agencies around the world, delivering language assessments in more than 150 countries, and serves millions of learners worldwide, providing language-assessment products and services across a broad range of contexts, including university admissions, IEP programs, K–12 ELL programs, professional licensing, and employment.

Contact for Further Information

East Carolina University
MA in English with concentrations in Linguistics & in TESOL

Department: English

Degree(s) Offered: MA in English with concentrations in a) Linguistics (33 hrs.) or b) TESOL (33 hrs.)

Length of Program: 1.5 - 2 years

Program Description: The Linguistics and the TESOL concentrations in ECU’s English Department prepare professionals for career opportunities in both the public and private sectors, including teaching and training (junior and four-year colleges and English as a Foreign Language overseas), teaching English for Specific Purposes (e.g. language training for foreign-born employees, such as business English), and teaching and training in North Carolina public schools by those who already hold teacher licensure in other areas of expertise, among others. Delivered by a team of specialists in applied linguistics/TESOL, sociolinguistics, and theoretical linguistics, our Linguistics and TESOL curricula provide comprehensive training that meets the demand for competent professionals in these fields.

The Linguistics and the TESOL concentrations are designed to meet the needs of both working professionals and full-time students, and feature both online courses and campus evening courses. Our Linguistics and TESOL graduate students organize the annual TALGS (TESOL and Applied Linguistics Graduate Students) conference, which provides graduate students and TESL/TEFL professionals a forum to showcase their research and teaching practices (

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL is designed for qualified candidates who wish to further their education in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The certificate helps prepare professionals planning to teach English language learners (ELLs) in public/private sectors in the US or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in such contexts overseas.

Program Requirements: The Linguistics concentration requires six semester hours of core courses in addition to 15 semester hours of discipline-specific course work which may be chosen from 11 courses in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

The TESOL concentration requires 12 semester hours of core courses in addition to nine semester hours of discipline-specific course work which may be chosen from nine courses in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Each MA-level concentration requires 33 semester hours of MA-level course work plus completion of a thesis (27 + 6hrs.), or a comprehensive assessment project (CAP) (30 + 3hrs.).
The Graduate Certificate in TESOL requires six semester hours of core courses in addition to three semester hours of discipline-specific course work which may be chosen from nine courses in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Discipline-specific coursework:
Research Methods in Language Study; TESOL: Theories and Principles; TESOL: Methods and Practicum; Descriptive Linguistics; Linguistic and Cultural History of the English Language; Structure of English: Phonology and Morphology; Structure of English: Syntax and Semantics; Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers; Language and Society; Principles of Language Testing; Discourse Analysis; Writing Systems of the World; the CAP/directed reading course: Linguistics, Education, and ESL. Information on other courses offered by the English Department:

Full-time Faculty & Staff: Michael Aceto; Lida Cope; Solveig J. Bosse; Mark D. Johnson

Requirements for Admission:
Applications may be completed using the graduate school’s online application system. All applicants must submit an application form, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and a statement of purpose. International applicants must include proof of English-language proficiency (TOEFL PBT ≥ 550; TOEFL CBT ≥ 113; TOEFL iBT ≥ 80: IELTS ≥ 6.5).

For more information, visit:

Tuition, Fees & Other Expenses: Full time ( ≥ 9 semester hours) resident tuition: $6,407/academic year.
Full time ( ≥ 9 semester hours) non-resident tuition: $18,724/academic year.
International students: Estimated total expenses of $35,245/academic year (as of 2013-2014).
Current information at

Financial Aid:
Graduate research/teaching assistantships available on a competitive basis. For information on financial aid, visit

Contact for Further Information:
Dr. Lida Cope
Department of English
Bate Building #2118
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 328-6411 (phone)
(252) 328-4889 (fax)

Northern Arizona University

Department: English

Degrees Offered: Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (see below)
                            M.A. in TESL:
                            TESL Certificate:

Length of Ph.D. Program: 
4-5 years

General Statement about Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics Program: The Department of English at NAU invites qualified language professionals and researchers to apply to our Ph.D. program in applied linguistics. We define the field of applied linguistics broadly and allow flexibility in individual programs of study. Students may pursue a diverse range of issues, as suggested by the list of seminars noted below.

Courses/Seminars Offered: Language Variation and Change, Second Language Assessment, Second Language Acquisition, Classroom Research, Research Issues in English Language Teaching, Literacy, Linguistic Analysis of Discourse and Register Variation, Language Policy and Planning, Corpus Linguistics, Second Language Reading, Second Language Writing, Speech Perception and Production.

For a list of past dissertation topics, see

Core Faculty: Douglas Biber, William Crawford, Jackie Evans, Julieta Fernandez, William Grabe, Joan Jamieson, Okim Kang, Mary McGroarty, Luke Plonsky, Randi Reppen, Fredricka Stoller, Soo Jung Youn??

Affiliated Faculty: Yuly Asencion Delaney, Global Languages & Cultures; Joseph Collentine, Global Languages & Cultures; Karina Collentine, Global Languages & Cultures; Greg Glau, English; John McClure, Educational Psychology; Derek Sonderegger, Mathematics & Statistics; Roy St. Laurent, Mathematics & Statistics; James Wilce, Anthropology

Ph.D. Program Requirements: 36 semester hours of Master's-level courses and a minimum of 45 semester hours of doctoral-level seminars/courses (with general requirement of 9 hours of statistics/ research design, 9 hours of Ph.D. seminars, 12 hours of electives, and 15 hours of dissertation credit). Students must demonstrate second language proficiency through a translation examination (or some equivalent procedure).

Students must pass the Ph.D. Screening Process, which comprises completion of the NAU MA-TESL Comprehensive Examination plus completion (and submission) of an original empirical research paper. Students must write and defend a qualifying examination, which entails responding to questions provided by the student's dissertation committee. Students must write and defend a dissertation. For more on the screening process, see

Requirements for Admission: Master's degree in linguistics, applied linguistics, or a related area. To apply, students must present transcripts of all completed university-level work, current GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, an NAU Graduate Application, a curriculum vitae, and a sample publication or manuscript. Nonnative speakers of English must also furnish official scores on the TOEFL iBT or IELTS test, taken within the last 2 years; a minimum score of 100 iBT (or 7.5 IELTS) is expected.  Nonnative Ph.D. applications who earned a Master’s degree in an English speaking country still need to submit a current TOEFL or IELTS score. Nonnative applicants who are interested in a teaching assistantship must have a TOEFL iBT score of at least 104.

Tuition, Fees & Other Expenses: For current tuition and fees, see 

Students who are hired as graduate teaching assistants receive a tuition waiver, health insurance, and stipend. Students without graduate assistantships can apply for out-of-state tuition waivers.

Financial Aid: Numerous forms of financial aid are available. Graduate assistantships and partial tuition waivers are awarded competitively. Research assistantships may also be available, depending upon faculty research projects and grants. Research Awards and summer employment are available to qualified applicants. Summer teaching opportunities include Program in Intensive English classes or English Department undergraduate and graduate MA TESL classes. Travel support to present at state and national conferences is available.

For information on financial support, including graduate teaching assistantships and tuition waivers, see Financial Aid link at

Further Information: ?
Home Page: ?
Ph.D. Advisor, Department of English, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 6032, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6032 USA
Telephone: (928) 523-4911?

The Pennsylvania State University

Department: Department of Applied Linguistics

Degree(s) Offered: MA TESL and PhD

Length of Program: 2 years for MA

Program Requirements:
The M.A. TESL program consists of 36 credit hours of coursework that include a variety of experiences whose aim is to provide authentic, integrated opportunities for students to plan, teach, reflect, research, and lead in ESL and EFL programs for adult learners.

Foundations 9 credits
This group of courses is designed to develop your understandings of the social, historical, and theoretical foundations of the field of Applied Linguistics and TESL.

  • APLNG 482 Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • APLNG 484 Discourse Functional Grammar
  • APLNG 591 Second Language Acquisition

Professional Core 15 credits
This group of courses provides you with opportunities to integrate your understandings with practical experiences in ESL instructional settings.

  • APLNG 410 Teaching American English Pronunciation
  • APLNG 412 Teaching Second Language Writing
  • APLNG 493 Methods for Teaching English as a Second Language
  • APLNG 583 Methods of Language Assessment
  • APLNG 595 Internship

Methods of Research in Language and Language Learning 3 credits
A course in this area will enhance your understandings of and skills in doing research on language and language learning. Courses that you may choose include the following:

* course titles will change to be consistent w/ PhD program

Electives 9 credits
The courses you choose here will strengthen your understandings and skills in an area or areas in which you have special interests:

  • APLNG 510 - Health and Aging in Multilingual Contexts
  • APLNG 511 - Applied Linguistics and Health Sciences
  • APLNG 512 - Language and Adult Lifespan Development
  • APLNG 570 - Second Language Reading
  • APLNG 571 - FL Materials Development
  • APLNG 572 - Communication in Second Language Classrooms
  • APLNG 573 - Communicative Language Teaching
  • APLNG 575 - Language Ideology
  • APLNG 576 - Language Socialization across Home, School and Community
  • APLNG 584 - Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning
  • APLNG 588 - Computer-assisted Language Learning
  • APLNG 589 - Technology in FL/SL Education
  • other course with approval of your advisor

Teaching ESL abroad opportunities also exist, with exchange programs established in South Korea, Turkey, Chile, and Mexico. For information on these opportunities, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Contact for Further Information:

University of Alabama

Department: English Department

Degree(s) Offered: MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL

Length of Program: 2 years

Program Requirements: 10 courses (30 credit hours)

Courses Offered:
Core courses include English grammar, Linguistics, Second Language Development, TESOL Methods and Theories, Teaching Writing, Research Methodology, and Topics in Applied Linguistics/TESOL. There are a variety of elective courses students can take that are offered in the English Department as well as in other departments and colleges across the campus.

Full-time Faculty & Staff:
Catherine Davies, Dilin Liu (coordinator), Robert Nelson

Affiliated Faculty:
Alicia Cipria, Amy Dayton, Carolyn Handa, Doug Lightfoot, Miguel Mantero, Janis Nucholls, John Petrovic, Rachel Shuttlesworth

Requirements for Admission:
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.00 GPA; GRE; three letters of recommendation; a minimum of 600 TOEFL for non-native English speakers.

Tuition, Fees & Other Expenses:
See information below in the "Financial Aid" section

Financial Aid:
All admitted students are awarded a teaching/research assistantship with a tuition waiver.

General Statement:
The program provides students with both a solid theoretical foundation and practical experience in TESOL via course work and supervised teaching.

Summer Session:

Contact for Further Information:
Dilin Liu, Department of English, Box 870244, Morgan Hall 103, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, 205-348-5176;

Webpage for Further Information

University of Texas at San Antonio

Department: Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

Degree(s) Offered: Graduate Certificate in TESL; M.A. in TESL; M.A. in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies (Concentration in Bilingual Teacher Education or Bicultural Studies); Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy & Language

Length of Program: Certificate 12 months; M.A. 2 years; Ph.D. ~5 years

Program Requirements: The graduate certificate (CertTESL) requirements consist of 15 hours of coursework (5 courses) including classes in second language acquisition, teaching methods, and a teaching practicum.

The Master’s degrees (M.A. TESL, M.A. BBL) require 36 credit hours of coursework (12 courses) and a comprehensive exam. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Detailed program information for the M.A. TESL, including program of study worksheets, are available at the UTSA TESL NING.

The doctoral program (Ph.D. CLL) requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s level and includes qualifying exams, a dissertation and dissertation defense. Areas of focus within the program are applied linguistics, biliteracy, and Mexican-American/Latin@ culture. Both full-time and part-time enrollment options are available.

Full-time Faculty & Staff: Marco Cervantes, Ellen Riojas Clark, Lucila Ek, Santos Gutierrez, Francis M. Hult, Juliet Langman, Josephine Méndez-Negrete, Robert D. Milk, Marie Keta Miranda, Lilliana Saldana, Patricia Sánchez, Shannon Sauro, Peter Sayer, Howard Smith, Carmen Tafolla, Armando Trujillo, Wayne E. Wright

Requirements for Admission: Applications must be submitted online through the UTSA Graduate school. Detailed application information for each degree program is below:

M.A. – Applicants for the master’s degree must meet general admissions requirements for graduate study. In addition, candidates must submit documentation of proficiency in a second language or prior second language learning experience.

M.A. Admissions Deadlines:

Domestic Applicants: July 1st; International Applicants: April 1st


Domestic Applicants: November 1st; International Applications: September 1st


Domestic Applicants: April 1st for the May Mini-mester; May 1st for Summer Session I; June 1st for Summer Session II; International Applicants: March 1st

Ph.D. - In addition to the university’s general admissions requirements for graduate study, Ph.D. applicants must have completed a master’s degree in a related field and should submit the following: university transcripts, GRE scores, evidence of advanced proficiency in a language other than English, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and an academic writing sample. Applicants whose master’s degrees are from a non-English speaking university must also submit TOEFL scores. Further details are available here.

Ph.D. Admissions Deadline:

All Applicants: February 1st

Tuition, Fees & Other Expenses: A detailed breakdown of graduate tuition and fees for Texas residents and non-residents is available through the Graduate School website.

Financial Aid: Competitive graduate assistantships are available for several full-time Ph.D. students each year.

Contact for Further Information:

Ruben Arciniega
Student Development Specialist


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