Master of Arts in Teaching of 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:
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Over 90 percent of our MA-TESL graduates have obtained
ESL/EFL teaching positions. Graduates have taught in many countries, including:
- Saudi Arabia
Our graduates have also been employed in:
- adult education
- community colleges
- programs for refugees
- K-12 public schools
- US Defense Language Institute
Our grads have worked as literacy volunteers with:
- US Peace Corps
- adult education programs
Publishing house positions
Our graduates have worked as curriculum specialists or
- Cambridge University Press
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
TESL / Applied Linguistics Faculty
MA-TESL and PhD in Applied Linguistics Handbook
Please see the academic catalog for the most recent information regarding courses and academic plans.
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.
Graduate Student Association of Applied Linguistics
MA TESL Comprehensive Exam Information Sheet
Comprehensive Exams from previous years: 2015 (January, August), 2014 (January, August), 2013 (January, August), 2012 (January, August), 2011 (January, August), 2010 (January, August)
Find information on financial aid,
including graduate assistantships and tuition waivers.
Learn more about the available graduate assistantships.