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English: Teaching English as a Second Language

The MA degree in English: TESL prepares pre-service and in-service teachers of speakers of English as a second language (ESL), or a foreign language (EFL), to teach second language literacy, culture, and communication skills.

Deadline for Application

Fall: Sept. 1, Winter: Dec. 15, Spring: Mar. 1, Summer: June 1

Special Program Requirements

  • GRE score
  • If English is not first language: (1) TOEFL score of 580 (paper), 237 (CBT) or 92 (iBT) and (2) personal or telephone interview with graduate program director
  • Submit an 800-1,000 word expository essay explaining what in their background (formal education, professional experience, personal life, as appropriate) has led them to apply to the MA in English-TESL program and what they hope to accomplish by completing a degree in this area.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • All students must demonstrate a reading competence in a foreign language appropriate to their program of study at a level equivalent to completion of one year of college foreign language. Competence may be demonstrated through coursework, a standardized test or a written test arranged with the Modern Languages Department. Students may also satisfy the foreign language requirement by successfully completing ENGL 530 - Old English, with a grade ≥ 3.0.
  • March 1 application deadline for fall admission for those seeking a graduate service appointment as a teaching assistant. Students seeking a graduate service appointment should submit an additional application letter expressing their interest and any teaching experience they have.

Contact Information

Dr. LaVona Reeves
203 Patterson Hall
Cheney, WA 99004

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