Department of Instructional Design and Technology / TESOL

The Master of Arts degree program in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) is designed to serve the increasing need for Teaching English as a Second and/or Foreign Language nationally at the college and public school level and internationally in private and public institutions world-wide. This program prepares its graduates to fill many jobs in this area both nationally and internationally. This program was the first of its kind in the state of Kansas.

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

Admission Requirements and Procedures

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Adequate preparation in the proposed area of specialization (to be determined by the program specialized committee members).
  3. A grade point average of not less than 2.75 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study.
  4. International Students must submit a 550 TOEFL score as part of the admissions criteria.
  5. Submission of official transcripts from each institution attended.
  6. Payment of a non-refundable application fee.
  7. Three letters of recommendation written by persons with knowledge of the candidate’s potential for success in graduate school.
  8. A one-page essay career goal statement.
  9. A copy of an updated resumé.
  10. Admission Essay Writing - topic for the essay:

"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.