Admission + Graduation Requirements
Admission + Graduation Requirements
Admission Requirements and Procedures
The following is required for admission to the Master of Arts in TESOL:
- Admission to Emporia State University Graduate School.
- Official transcripts of all college work.
- GPA of 2.75 or more based on the 4-point scale in last 60 hours of college course work for those completing a master’s degree or in the last 30 graduate hours from a previously completed master’s degree.
All application materials must be sent to:
Note: 15 credit hours of the MATESOL may be applied toward an endorsement 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
- Successful completion of all 21 Core Course credits.
- 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).
- Successful completion of 3 Open Elective credits (unless the candidate chooses the thesis option).
- Successful completion of the TESOL Content PRAXIS Exam (Code 5362) with a score of 149 or higher. Information about this exam is available at: www.ets.org/praxis/ks. ESU houses a Testing Center that administers the PRAXIS Exam, learn more here.
- 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.
- A total of 36 credit hours must be completed for both thesis and non-thesis option candidates.
- 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.
- 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 note this form is to be completed the semester before you anticipate graduating.
- 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 in TS735 (either section A or Section B, depending on whether they are education majors eligible to obtain a Kansas ESOL endorsement or not). Candidates who are eligible to seek an ESOL endorsement 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.
- For students seeking a Kansas teaching license through their MA 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.
- 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.