The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides students a strong foundation in language acquisition, use, and pedagogy.
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CURRICULUMThe Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA program requires 30-36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree dependent on whether students select a thesis or nonthesis option. The thesis option consists of 30 credit hours that includes 24 credit hours of core courses, 3 credit hours of electives, and 3 credit hours of TSL 6971 Thesis. The nonthesis option requires 36 semester hours and includes 24 semester hours of core courses and 12 semester hours of electives. All students, both thesis and nonthesis, must take a written final comprehensive examination covering the core TSL courses.
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students complete the nonthesis option so that they can focus more on course
work related to specific aspects of TESOL, pedagogy, or education. The thesis
option is appropriate for those students wishing to research current issues in
the discipline or eventually pursue a doctoral program in TESOL or related
language field. By the end of the second semester, students wishing to pursue
the thesis option should speak with the program director to seek approval and a
recommendation for a thesis committee chairperson.
Our courses are
focused on theory into practice and, therefore, often have a service-learning,
practical, or applied project as an integral part of the curriculum. The TSL
6640 Research in Second Language is required and should be taken in the first
semester of study. A final cumulative course, TSL 6642 Issues in Second
Language Acquisition, is also required. TSL 5325 will help students prepare for
their comprehensive exam.
All students must take a comprehensive written
examination covering the core TSL courses. This examination is normally taken
in the last semester of graduate work and will be reviewed by members of the
TESOL Graduate Committee. A student may take the comprehensive examination only
twice, and a second examination will not be given in the same semester in which
the first attempt occurred.
Required Courses—24 Credit Hours
Eight required core courses provide a strong foundation in the content of
- TSL 5525 ESOL Cultural Diversity (3 credit
- TSL 6142 Critical Approaches to ESOL (3 credit hours)
- TSL 6250 Applied Linguistics in ESOL (3 credit hours)
- TSL 6350
Grammar for ESOL Teachers (3 credit hours)
- TSL 6440 Problems in
Evaluation in ESOL (3 credit hours)
- TSL 6642 Issues in Second Language
Acquisition (3 credit hours)
- TSL 6640 Research in Second Language (3
- TSL 5345 Methods of ESOL Teaching or TSL 6940 ESOL
Practicum (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses—3 Credit Hours
All students must take at least 3 credit hours of electives. Electives
provide for three distinct areas of interest: TESOL, linguistics, and
multicultural education. Students take their elective credit in one of these
areas depending on their interests.
- TSL 5325 ESOL Strategies (3 credit hours)
- TSL 5380 Computers and Technology
for ESOL (3 credit hours)
- TSL 5376 Reading and Writing in a Second
Language (3 credit hours)
- TSL 5940 Issues in TEFL (3 credit
- TSL 6252 Sociolinguistics for ESOL (3 credit hours)
- TSL 5601 Second Language Vocabulary Learning (3 credit hours)
- TSL 5907 Directed Independent Study (3 credit hours)
- TSL 6374 TESOL Listening,
Speaking and Pronunciation (3 credit hours)
- LIN 5137 Linguistics (3 credit hours)
- LIN 6932 Problems
in Linguistics (3 credit hours)
Multicultural Education and
- EDF 6886 Multicultural Education (3 credit
- TSL 6940 ESOL Practicum (3 credit hours)
- EDH 6305 Teaching and Learning in the Community College (3 credit hours)
- SPA 6474 Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Populations (3 credit
- TSL 5085 Teaching Language to Minority Students K-12 (3 credit
- ENC 5276 Writing/Consulting: Theory and Practice (3 credit
- ENC 5705 Theory and Practice in Composition (3 credit
- EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational
Data (3 credit hours)
Thesis Option—3 Credit Hours
- TSL 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours)
Option—9 Credit Hours
Nonthesis students must take an additional 9
credit hours of electives from the list of electives above.
Independent LearningAll students in the program are required to take TSL 6640 Research in Second Language and TSL 6642 Issues in Second Language Acquisition. Both classes have as a final project a research paper that organizes and summarizes knowledge in a chosen area of study. All classes in the program require a research paper/project allowing students to engage in independent learning.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to
this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a
sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- Two letters of
- Background questionnaire (After an application is
received, the graduate program will send the background questionnaire to the
applicant. The purpose of this questionnaire is to gain as much information
about an applicant's reason for wanting a graduate degree in TESOL. The
questionnaire also asks about the applicant's teaching experience, education,
research courses, foreign language experience, and cross-cultural
Admission to the UCF MATESOL program is competitive,
and meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission.
Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past
performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the
applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing
the degree. We strongly recommend that applicants submit their applications and
all materials well before the published due dates.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.