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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Master of Science


Program Purpose

The Master of Science degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares graduates for careers as instructors, professors, curriculum developers, and tutors of English language.  It is a practical, career-oriented degree that provides the necessary education for graduates to pursue careers in a variety of contexts, both in the United States and abroad.  The comprehensive nature of the courses offered make it possible for students with some language teaching experience, as well as those new to the field, to develop the content knowledge and instructional skills to be successful in TESOL. The degree is offered fully online to allow students from around the world to use their local contexts for teaching experience and to accommodate a variety of demands on students’ time.

Please note: This degree does not provide the necessary credential to teach in public elementary and secondary schools in the United States.  Applicants interested in those teaching positions should visit Wilmington University’s ESOL Literacy website.


Program Competencies

In addition to the University’s graduate graduation competencies, students will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

  1. Research and theory of second language acquisition and how both apply to classroom instruction in a variety of ESL/EFL contexts
  2. Current principles, practices, and methodologies for teaching and assessing ESL/EFL in a variety of contexts
  3. Linguistic features of the English language and their application to the ESL/EFL classroom, including phonology, syntax, and pragmatics
  4. How culture impacts the ESL/EFL classroom and how to foster culturally responsive learning environments
  5. Advanced ESL/EFL teaching methodology focusing on the acquisition of English for academic purposes
  6. Language policy and practice in the United States and other major regions of the world


Degree Requirements

Core Courses

The following courses are required in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Master of Science degree program.

TEL 6000 Theories of Language Learning

TEL 6110 Foundations of TESOL Methods

TEL 6220 Application of TESOL Methods

TEL 6500 Linguistics for TESOL

TEL 7210 Academic Reading & Writing

TEL 7215 Academic Listening & Speaking

TEL 7330 Technology & Language Learning

TEL 7440 Language Assessment

TEL 7575 Culture in Language Learning

TEL 7770 Global Contexts of ESL

TEL 8100 Capstone: Teaching English



This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2018 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.