Department of Instructional Design and Technology / TESOL

Master's Degree in TESOL Program


 Program Information

 TESOL Teacher Licensure



 Admission Requirements

 PRAXIS Content Test

 TESOL Teached Ed Standards

 For More Information

 Resources in Applied Linguistics

 Job Opportunities



The TESOL Teacher education program reflects the mission of The Teachers College and personnel preparation unit of Emporia State University.  The unit developed a new conceptual framework titled “The Professional” with program goals, outcomes, and assessment procedures that build on our earlier program goals, outcomes and assessment procedures.  This new conceptual framework captures the continuing philosophy that for educators to help all students learn, they must have a command of content, critical ideas and skills, and the capacity to reflect on, evaluate, and learn from their practice so that it continually improves.  The unit embraces the idea that while successful professionals can be highly effective in different ways, common proficiencies draw on shared understanding of how to foster student learning.  

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The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The ESOL teacher licensure program is accredited by KSDE and the teacher education unit of ESU is accredited by NCATE.

Licensure Level and Subject: The program is designed to allow Kansas-certified teachers to apply 15 credit hours to obtain a licensure in TESOL. However, it is NOT required to have a teaching certification to join the MATESOL program.


Job Opportunities


Are you a resident of the state of Kansas and attending a Kansas postsecondary institution?  Are you enrolled in the MATESOL or TESOL Licensure Program?

If your answer is yes to both questions, then you may qualify for one or both of the following scholarships or financial incentives.  Check the following links for more information and contact either KBOR or KSDE if you have questions regarding either of these opportunities. 

KBOR’s Teacher Service Scholarship Program (The deadline for this one is May 1st)

At the following link teachers can find information on the TESOL Licensure Reimbursement Opportunity being offered by KSDE.  They need to check the second box on the right-hand side of the website.  The application and guidebook are located there.  Questions regarding this incentive should be directed to Ms. Michele Hayes at


TESOL Teacher Education Standards

Standard #1 The teacher ESOL understands the contributions of general and applied linguistics to second-language education, including the understanding of the sound system, forms, structures, and the lexicon of English.

Standard #2 The teacher of ESOL understands the fundamentals, similarities, and differences of first- and second-language acquisition.

Standard #3 The teacher of ESOL acknowledges the diverse, historical tapestry of cultures that make up the United States and the role language plays in the development of cultural identities.

Standard #4 The teacher of ESOL effectively communicates with students parents, and members of various cultural groups in the community.

Standard #5 The teacher of ESOL understands the importance of using language in socially and culturally appropriate ways by developing communication skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing, and representing visually across the curriculum.

Standard #6 The teacher of ESOL understands and uses formal and informal first-and second-language assessment techniques to evaluate the progress of English language learners, including knowledge and use of assessment tools to determine program placement, exit criteria, and participation in state assessments.

Standard #7 The teacher of ESOL understands and uses a broad range of methodologies to provide academic learning experiences for English language learners, understands and uses strategies that encourage full participation of English language learners in the school environment, and understands the foundations of second-language instruction.

Standard #8 The teacher of ESOL demonstrates a high level of proficiency in English commensurate with the role of an instructional model.

Standard #9 The teacher of ESOL understands and uses a variety of methods and techniques suitable for second-language instruction for English language learners with special needs, including the ability to adapt existing materials in collaboration with teachers of students with exceptionalities to meet the needs of all English language learners.

Standard #10 The teacher of ESOL understands and uses a broad range of literacy methodologies, programs, and assessment tools for English language learners and acknowledges the important role of family literacy in second language acquisition.

For more information:

For tuition cost and registration, contact the Office of Distance Education620-341-5385.

For more information about this program, contact the ESU Graduate Office.

or contact

Ms. Janet Schneider

Senior Administrative Assistant

IDT-TESOL Department

Teachers College

Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle (Campus Box 4037)
Emporia, KS 66801
Office: Visser Hall 328
Phone: 620-341-5829