Department of Instructional Design and Technology / TESOL

Admission Requirements and Procedures

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 is 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.

Procedures and Criteria for Admission to the Master of Arts TESOL Program

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

  • 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 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 resumé

  • Admission Essay Writing:

Topic for Admission Essay Writing:

“The best method is one which you have derived through your very own careful process offormulation, try-out, revision, and refinement” (Brown, 2002). Write a two-page essay that includes:

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. (20 points: 8 points for discussing/explaining the statement, 12 points for describing your theory and practice)

ALL application material must be sent to the Graduate School or via the Office of International Education for international students.  Click on the link below to apply to ESU's Graduate School: (for international students only)

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