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MS 4.01.76

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Phone: (210) 458-4331

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Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

This program of study is designed for students interested in teaching English as a Second Language to children or adults in schools and programs in the United States or in international settings. It is an interdisciplinary program that presents systematic instruction in applied linguistics, second language acquisition theory, and Teaching English as a Second Language program implementation. Students must take at least 24 semester credit hours of Teaching English as a Second Language courses and 9 hours of Bicultural-Bilingual studies courses. The Master's degree is offered under two options: thesis and non-thesis.

Why pursue an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language?

  • MA-TESL degree is internationally recognized as the terminal degree in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language.
  • MA-TESL faculty have extensive teaching experience in K-12 and adult education contexts in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe; are creative and talented teachers who possess expertise in the courses they teach; and are internationally recognized scholars who maintain active research agendas in the field.
  • MA-TESL students include current, former, and future K-12 teachers and adult educators from the United States and around the world.

Degree Requirements

  • Degree candidates are required to successfully complete a 36-semester-credit-hour program. Upon completion of at least 30 semester credit hours of coursework, the candidate is required to pass a comprehensive examination.
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
  • Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language degree cannot concurrently be enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language program.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree Bachelor's degree
 Other Degree Requirements None.
Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not required.
 Letters of Recommendation Not required.
 Statement of Purpose Not required.
 Test Scores Not required.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 85 or 64 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other Applicants who do not meet University-wide requirements for unconditional admission may be admitted conditionally if scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), letters of recommendation, and/or previous work in the field provide evidence of academic potential.


Career Options Available for an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language graduate:

  • Teaching English language learners in K-12 schools (MA-TESL can be combined with an accelerated teacher certification program)
  • Career advancements for current K-12 teacher
  • Adult ESL (community-based programs, college and university-based programs, U.S. military programs, private schools, etc.)
  • ESL and ELL Program administrative positions in K-12 and adult education
  • International ESL/EFL programs (K-12, adult, public and private schools, colleges, and universities)
  • Private Tutoring and Consulting

Research taking place in the M.A. - TESL program

  • Computer assisted second language acquisition
  • Impact of U.S. federal and state language and education policies on language minority students.
  • International language policy
  • Linguistic landscapes
  • Language maintenance, shift, and loss
  • Effective policies and programs for language minority students
  • Heritage language education
  • Language contact and Language Variation

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Eric Uriegas
Telephone: 210-458-6619

Graduate Advisor of Record: M. Sidury Christiansen, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-4426

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Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • Courses are offered in the evenings (6 PM to 8:45 PM) to fit the schedules of working professionals
  • Daytime courses are available in the summer
  • This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus