M.A. TESOL Program Objective
The M.A. TESOL is a professional degree designed for those who wish to work with learners of English. The educational objective is to prepare teachers of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for work outside the American public school setting. The successful student will have theoretical and practical knowledge about those factors that constitute a sound ESOL program, for example, human language learning, language in its socio-cultural settings and uses, language program structures, and support for achievement of learner objectives.
Additional Information about TESOL
If you are considering a career in TESOL – or are simply curious – you can find additional information at our TESOL as a Discipline page.
All M.A. TESOL students must demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language prior to unconditional admission to the degree program. Those without such background may pursue study of a foreign language at UT Arlington concurrent with probationary enrollment in the M.A. TESOL program.
The program includes course study and a comprehensive examination, for a total of 36 credits.
Core Courses: There are 8 required courses (24 credits) in Linguistics and TESOL.
Elective Courses: There are 4 elective courses (12 credits), to be selected in consultation with the graduate advisor. At least two of the elective courses must come from the Department of Linguistics and TESOL inventory. Examples include the following, but others may be taken, too. (Please consult your advisor before selecting electives):
Up to 2 of the remaining elective courses (6 credits) may be an appropriate course offered by another department. Examples include the following, but other courses may be eligible, too. (Please consult your advisor before selecting electives):
(Program requirements on your MyMav registration program will supersede the requirements posted on this page.)
M.A. Comprehensive Examination
The M.A. Comprehensive Examination should be taken during the final long semester of study; exceptions to this policy must be approved by your graduate advisor. Starting in the Fall of 2010, the TESOL examination format will consist of a portfolio of professional materials, a brief teaching demonstration, and an exit interview.
The Comprehensive Examination is given twice each year, in the fall semester (early November) and the spring semester (early April); a specific exam date will be announced at the beginning of each semester.
After receiving the results of their Comprehensive Exam, students must file a Final Master's Exam Report (pdf)cod with the Graduate School.
Department of Linguistics & TESOL