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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 with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
  • Other Degree Requirements: None.

Admission Deadline:

  • Fall 2018 Domestic Final Application Deadline: July 31 all required items are due.

Application Requirements:

  • General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • Application: A complete 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: A Resume is recommended if GPA does not meet minimum requirement.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation are recommended if GPA does not meet minimum requirement.
  • Statement of Purpose: A Statement of Purpose is recommended if GPA does not meet minimum requirement.
  • Test Scores: If GPA is less than a 3.0 in the last 60 hours, a GRE may be required.
  • Other: None.
  • Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
    • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
    • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
    International Applicants:
    • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
    • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
    Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.


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) 458-6619

Degree Catalog:

Degree Website:

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