MA Teaching English to Speakers Of Other Languages
Master of Arts: Teaching English to Speakers Of Other Languages
The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) program is designed especially for monolingual English speaking 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 an individual, 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 Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages(TESOL).
The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) program is designed especially for monolingual English speaking 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 individual, 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 Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages(TESOL).
The MA TESOL degree is 30 semester hours or 10 courses. The first eight courses (24 semester hours) are applicable to the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Endorsement (CLDE) through the Colorado Department of Education. The last two courses are the core/research classes that complete the MA in TESOL. The Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language Certificate (TESL/TEFL) is a 12 credit hour program. Students would take only CURR 5701, 5703, 5705 and 5713.
Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1
Complete the electronic online application: Apply Now!
- 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 department faculty member
Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program.
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).
UCCS Office of Admissions
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs CO 80918-3733
Additional items of note for International applicants:
English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office.
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 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.
Core (6 credits)
LEAD 5700 - 3 Introduction to Research and Statistics
CURR 5090 -3 Research Project
Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Endorsement (24 credits, for CLDE endorsement)
CURR 5700- 3 Introduction to Linguistically Diverse/Multicultural Education
CURR 5701- 3 Materials and Methods in Linguistically Diverse/Multicultural Education*
CURR 5702 - 3 Literacy for All Learners
CURR 5703 - 3 Assessment: Methods, Materials and Theories for ELL's*
CURR 5704 - 3 Practicum in Linguistically Diverse/Multicultural Education
CURR 5705 - 3 Second Language Acquisition: Capstone*
CURR 5707 - 3 Pro-Seminar: Parent and Community Involvement
CURR 5713 - 3 Language and Linguistics*
*TESL/TEFL courses (12 credit hours) required for the online certificate. All credits may be applied to the MA TESOL within 5 years of taking the first course.
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