Language teaching for practicing teachers

If you’re a practicing teacher who has already earned teacher certification by the time you have completed the MA-TESL degree, this degree might be perfect for you.

The MA-TESL practicing teacher track offers a blend of theoretical and practical courses, ranging from linguistics to ESL methods and materials.


Central courses include:

  • assessment for second language skills
  • fundamentals of second language teaching
  • grammatical foundations

The MA-TESL practicing teacher track differs from the other two MA TESL tracks by offering a capstone experience where you’ll engage in a supervised classroom-based research project in their own classrooms.

This capstone will take the place of a comprehensive exam. You’ll also earn practicum credit in the confines of your own classroom.

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.

Graduate Student Association of Applied Linguistics