Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

30 Credits

About the Program

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA

The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) program is designed especially for teachers, paraprofessionals, and pre-service teachers who have English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classrooms and want to know how to better serve those students. Educators working with individuals, small groups, or whole classes of ELLs will benefit from this program. Teachers who have a teaching license from the Colorado Department of Education may use this opportunity to seek a MA TESOL.

Focus of Study

This program prepares teachers to better understand and support their students who are learning English as a second or additional language. Courses focus on understanding the stages of language and literacy development as well as methods and materials of instruction and assessment that support multilingual learners. Coursework focusing on the English language strengthens the foundational language knowledge of teachers. Additionally, coursework stresses the importance of family and community engagement for the multilingual students.

Program Requirements

The MA TESOL degree requires 10 courses (30 credit hours). 

The first 8 courses (24 semester hours) are applicable to the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Endorsement (CLDE) through the Colorado Department of Education. The last 2 courses are the core/research classes that complete the MA in TESOL.

Program Coursework


CLDE Courses 

24 Credit Hours

  • CURR 5700 - Introduction to ESL/Multicultural Education
  • CURR 5701 - Materials and Methods: Linguistically Diverse/Multicultural Education
  • CURR 5702 - Literacy for All Learners
  • CURR 5703 - Assessment: Methods, Materials, and Theories for ELLs
  • CURR 5704 - Practicum in Language and Literacy
  • CURR 5705 - Second Language Acquisition: Capstone
  • CURR 5707 - Pro-Seminar: Parent and Community Involvement
  • CURR 5713 - Language and Linguistics

Core Courses 

6 Credit Hours

  • LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research and Statistics
  • CURR 5090 - Master’s Research Project


Courses are offered on a cohort basis, beginning every even-numbered summer semester.

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Details

Financial Aid Priority Date: March 1

  1. Complete the UCCS Graduate Application.
    • All applicants (international & domestic) pay the application fee
    • Obtain three letters of reference
    • Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended
    • Prepare a career goal statement
    • Current résumé (please include relevant paid work and volunteer experience where applicable)
    • Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure
    • Interview with the department faculty member
  2. Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program.

**If you have questions about the program before or during the Admissions process, or would like more programmatic information, please contact us at (719) 255-4996 or education@uccs.edu

Career Goal Statement

Please describe why you have applied to your respective program and want to be a professional educator. Please be sure to include personal and professional information that supports this decision. Your statement should be at least two pages in length, double-spaced. Make sure to include your name and the program you are applying to in your goal statement.


Official Transcripts
Domestic students: Have one official transcript of all higher education course work ever completed to date (undergraduate and graduate GPA must be included on transcripts), sent from the institution you attended directly to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Office of Admissions (electronically or by postal services). 
Postal Services: 

  • UCCS Office of Admissions 
    1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
    Colorado Springs CO 80918-3733
  • Electronically: ugapp@uccs.edu
  • For other documents if needed: gradinfo@uccs.edu

Additional Resources for International Applicants: 
English Proficiency must be demonstrated by providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based).

Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country’s Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services http://www.naces.org/members.htm), AACRAO (http://aacrao.org/) or World Education Services/WES https://www.wes.org/).

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.