Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The first of its kind in the state of Kansas, Emporia State's Master of Arts graduate program in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to serve the increasing need for Teaching English as a Second and/or Foreign Language nationally at the college and public school levels and internationally in private and public institutions. This program prepares its graduates to fill many jobs in this area.

The program offers 36 hours of in-depth graduate study in the areas of applied linguistic. Some of the courses offered are TESOL Methodology, Language Assessment and Evaluation, Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Cross-cultural Communication, TESOL Research Methods, Computer-Assisted Language Learning in TESOL, Individual Differences in Second Language Learning, Composition Theory and Rhetorics, and Literacy/Reading Theory and Practice.


Admission Requirements and Procedures

The following are admission requirements for MA TESOL degree seeking students:

  • a completed application to Graduate School
  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • adequate preparation in the proposed area of specialization (to be determined by the program specialized committee members)
  • a grade point average of not less than 2.75 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study
  • international students must submit a 550 TOEFL score or equivalent as part of the admissions criteria
  • submission of official transcripts from each institution attended
  • payment of a non-refundable application fee
  • three letters of recommendation written by persons with knowledge of the candidate’s potential for success in graduate school
  • a one-page essay career goal statement
  • a copy of an updated resume
  • Admission essay on the topic: "The best method is one which you have derived through your very own careful process of formulation, try-out, revision, and refinement” (Brown, 2002). Write a two-page essay including:

A. First, a critical discussion of this statement.

B. Second, a description of your own ESOL/EFL methodology which includes your views/theory about:

1) What language is,

2) How a second language is acquired, and how it can be effectively taught.

The essay will be worth a total of 20 points, 8 points for discussing/explaining the statement, 12 points for describing your theory and practice.

All application materials must be sent to:

Emporia State's Graduate School


Emporia State's Office of International Education (for international students)


Note: 15 credit hours of the MATESOL may be applied toward a licensure in TESOL, but ONLY IF you are a Kansas certified teacher.


Requirements for Degree Candidacy

Students who have met the admission requirements, submitted an approved degree plan/advisement form, and completed a minimum of six credit hours of course work in the graduate program will be admitted to degree candidacy.


Requirements for Program Completion

  1. Successful completion of all 21 Core Course credits.
  2. Successful completion of all 12 Program Electives credits.(Students who choose to do the 6-hour thesis will take only 9credit hours from Program Electives and will NOT take any Open Elective credit hours).
  3. Successful completion of 3 Open Elective credits (unless the candidate chooses the thesis option).
  4. Successful completion of the TESOL Content PRAXIS Exam(Code 5361) with a score of 138 or higher. Information about this exam is available at: http://www.ets.org/prazis/ks.
  5. All candidates must complete the degree with a total GPA of 3.0 (grades of C will have to be balanced with A’s and B’s to achieve an overall 3.0 GPA). Otherwise, the candidate will be advised to re-take a class (or classes) to meet this condition.
  6. A total of 36 credit hours must be completed for both thesis and non-thesis option candidates.
  7. When a candidate is conditionally admitted, they are given a list of courses in which they MUST earn a grade of “B” or better before they are officially admitted to the program.
  8. All candidates must file an "Intent to Graduate Form" with the Graduate School by the following deadlines:
    March 1 for Summer graduation,
    July 1 for Fall,
    November 1 for Spring.

    Please visit the following website to complete and submit this form http://www.emporia.edu/grad/graduating-students/intent-to-graduate.html. Please note that this form is to be completed the semester before you anticipate graduation.
  9. Required practicum – After a candidate has successfully completed Admission to Program of Study requirements and has been approved by the appropriate chair or graduate TESOL advisor, and also completed all practicum pre-requisite courses, the candidate is permitted to participate in practical field experience inTS735 (either section A or Section B, depending on whether theyare education majors eligible to obtain a Kansas ESOL licensure or not). Candidates who are eligible to seek an ESOL licensure are supervised by ESU and school supervisors and are placed in a public school setting through ESU’s Office of Field Placement and Licensure. Otherwise, they will take section B of TS735 which will prepare them with practical and hands-on experiences in, for example, the Intensive English Program at ESU or a similar program. Placement process and approval is done by the TESOL program director and faculty supervising this type of TESOL practicum.
  10. For students seeking a Kansas teaching license through theirMA TESOL program (in TS735 Section A) and based on the candidate’s performance and input from the University supervisor and off-campus supervisor, the University supervisor assigns a grade for the field experience. The candidate is required to have a minimum grad of “B” in the field experience before being allowed to proceed to the Program Pre-completion decision point.
  11. For students who are NOT seeking a Kansas teaching license in their MA TESOL program, based upon the candidate’s performance and input from the University Practicum Supervisor (in section B) and off-campus supervisor, the instructor assigns a grade for the hands-on experience. The candidate is required to have a minimum grade of “B” in the field experience before being allowed to proceed to the Program Pre-completion decision point.