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Master of Arts in TESOL

With your passion for language and teaching, you’ve got the opportunity to make a difference in your school, workplaces and organizations. The Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) provides a theory-informed curriculum with real-world applications.

Through intentional discussions with your peers and faculty with diverse backgrounds, you’ll gain new insight that deepens your knowledge and experience as you collectively prepare to serve, whether in education, health care, business or ministry. Align your learning with what you’re passionate about by taking one of four specializations and earning one of three micro-credentials. With the curriculum and instruction specialization, you can also move forward in earning an ESL endorsement.

With an M.A. in TESOL, you can fuel your authentic compassion for helping others achieve the potential you see in them.

Format

  • CUAnytime

Location

  • Online

Program Length

  • 20-22 months

Credit Hours

  • 33

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Estimated total cost is $19,225. Explore the full breakdown for more information.

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Specializations

With your choice of one of four specializations, you’ll advance your knowledge and experience in the unique field that you currently work in or aspire to join as an educator.

Curriculum and Instruction—Advance your role as an educator as you pursue the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) K-12 ESL endorsement. Within this specialization, you’ll choose one of two tracks that earn you a micro-credential: second language writing instruction or culturally and linguistically responsive teaching.

English for Health Care—Enhance communication and service within the health care industry with this specialization focused on teaching English to health care workers. Be prepared to serve with health care institutions as an English teacher or program director. You can also move forward by earning a micro-credential in academic coaching.

English for Business and Organizations—Empower others with the English language in business environments. Serve in a variety of sectors, whether for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations or professional sports. With this specialization, you’ll also have the opportunity to earn a micro-credential in academic coaching.

Cross-Cultural Ministry—Learn to teach English language learners within a cross-cultural context. Serve locally or internationally in organizations, missions or churches. You’ll also be able to earn a micro-credential in academic coaching.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Official college and/or military transcripts
  • Minimum 2.7 G.P.A. in undergraduate work
  • Professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation on provided forms
  • International Students: TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Application ($25 fee)

Next Program Start

Take your next step as an educator on your own schedule. By taking one course at a time, you’ll move forward in your career and personal goals without having to stop for traditional semester breaks.

Cohort Start Date

CUAnytime / Jan. 18, 2022

Course Schedule

Courses in the M.A. in TESOL program empower you with foundational language learning theories, practices and experience while tailoring your studies to where you aspire to serve. Discover various methodologies in TESOL, theories and models of second language acquisition and much more.

Achieving your goal of a degree is closer within your reach as a graduate of Cornerstone University’s traditional undergraduate program. Take advantage of applying courses you’ve previously taken to count toward your advanced degree. Learn more about this exclusive opportunity to earn your degree quicker by visiting our advanced standing page.

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Core Courses

LIN-565 TESOL Methodology I

An examination of various methods and techniques used to teach language components (i.e., grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) and language skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening and speaking). Practice in developing and implementing balanced and effective language lesson plans will be provided along with evaluating and selecting appropriate ESL teaching materials.to match various ESL audiences and teaching contexts.

LIN-525 Introduction to Linguistics

An introduction to the nature and structure of human language. Topics focus on the goals, techniques and subject matter of modern linguistics.

LIN-555 Sociolinguistics

An examination of language in its social and cultural contexts. This course presents the basic socio-cultural variables (such as gender, age and social status) and shows their relation to language use and language learning. Areas covered in the course include bilingualism, dialectology, language variation and style with their relation to multilingual educational situations.

LIN-556 Second Language Acquisition

An examination of the process of learning a second language. This course surveys current SLA theory and learning models. Emphasis is given to the ways these theories and models shape pedagogical practices in ESL classrooms. Linguistic, cognitive, affective, cultural and social factors influencing the acquisition of another language are explored.

LIN-566 TESOL Methodology II

A continuation of methods study with a specific focus on aspects of course development, curriculum design and assessment, such as how to correctly assemble a specific curriculum for class and implement it. The course also reviews assessments available, how to decide which assessment to use and when to use it. The students explore their own personal focus as well as their methodology and philosophy of teaching to help self-evaluate themselves as teachers and to use the resources provided in class to address issues. Prerequisite: LIN-565.

LIN-568 TESOL Methodology III

A focus on the methods of teaching speaking (including pronunciation), listening, reading and writing skills with particular focus on the micro-skills involved in each. The course will both analyze these four primary linguistic skills individually and in conjunction with each other. Students will practice techniques aimed at strengthening their learner’s language abilities by connecting the various combinations of skills such as reading with writing and speaking with listening.

LIN-557 Action Research

An evaluation of claims based on research by reviewing current best practices as indicated by meta-research and discussing implications for TESOL. Action research that can be implemented in a TESOL setting and used for professional reflection and improvement of instruction is emphasized. Among the methods included are local data collection, structured interview, open-ended interview, case study, reflective case study, portfolio assessment and use of technology for self-assessment.

LIN-594 TESOL Capstone

A capstone course designed to allow students to integrate various principles of the TESOL program. This course includes two possible tracks: Thesis or Non-Thesis. Students seeking a Michigan Department of Education endorsement are required to choose the Non-Thesis option, which includes 60 hours of practicum.

Curriculum and Instruction—Second Language Writing Instruction

Within this specialization, you’ll pursue an ESL endorsement to serve your students in a K-12 environment. Through practical course work, you’ll also earn a micro-credential in second language writing instruction.

LIN-571 Pedagogy of L2 Writing Instruction and Assessment

This course will provide K-6 and 7-12 grade teachers with a theoretical and pedagogical framework for (1) identifying and addressing the needs of second language writers in their classrooms and (2) establishing assessment strategies that effectively provide feedback to L2 writers and assessment washback for teachers. This course framework will build on recommended evidence-based teaching strategies related to writing fluency and the writing process development, including writing for a variety of purposes, using a Model-Practice-Reflect instructional style and using student assessment to inform instruction.

LIN-572 Grammar and Vocabulary Instruction for L2 Writers

This course will provide K-6 and 7-12 grade teachers with the theoretical and pedagogical framework for (1) identifying the structural and lexical needs of their second language writers and (2) developing instructional strategies and assessment that effectively target and assess these needs. This course framework will build on recommended evidence-based teaching strategies (from What Works Clearinghouse) related to word-level and sentence-level issues of second language writers including learners’ orthographic, lexical and grammatical instructional needs.

LIN-558 Materials Development and Integration

An application of second language learning and teaching principles to the analysis, adaptation, development and integration of materials for the ESL/EFL classroom. Among the resources explored are media, realia, computers and the internet for all language skills, including reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Pedagogic rationale for materials and their use with a specific group of learners is emphasized.

LIN-559 TESOL Lab

In this course participants will apply their theoretical learning within their own classroom environments via a lab course. This course will follow a three or four-member peer-coaching format through which students will choose focus areas of instruction that they would like to grow. They will then work through a teach, record, reflect, share and peer-coach process with their team. The goal is individual growth through peer encouragement and accountability.

Curriculum and Instruction—Linguistically Responsive Teaching

Within this specialization, you’ll pursue an ESL Endorsement to serve your students in a K-12 environment. Through practical course work, you’ll also earn a micro-credential in culturally and linguistically responsive teaching.

LIN-573 Culturally Responsive Teaching

This course prepares educators in all grade levels and content areas with culturally responsive teaching strategies for learners at all levels. The course covers the value of identifying the needs of diverse learners and then adapting instruction in a culturally appropriate way to support groups and individuals. This course is based on current best practices and evidence-based instructional strategies.

LIN-574 Linguistically Responsive Teaching

This course prepares educators in all grade levels and content areas with linguistically responsive teaching strategies for learners at all levels. The course covers the value of identifying the needs of diverse learners and then adapting instruction in a linguistically appropriate way to support groups and individuals. This course is based on current best practices and evidence-based instructional strategies.

LIN-558 Materials Development and Integration

An application of second language learning and teaching principles to the analysis, adaptation, development and integration of materials for the ESL/EFL classroom. Among the resources explored are media, realia, computers and the internet for all language skills, including reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Pedagogic rationale for materials and their use with a specific group of learners is emphasized.

LIN-559 TESOL Lab

In this course participants will apply their theoretical learning within their own classroom environments via a lab course. This course will follow a three or four-member peer coaching format through which students will choose focus areas of instruction that they would like to grow. They will then work through a teach, record, reflect, share and peer coach process with their team. The goal is individual growth through peer encouragement and accountability.

English for Health Care

Empower learners in a health care environment with the experience to teach and coach. Within this specialization, you’ll complete coursework to earn a micro-credential in academic coaching.

LIN-575 Language and Communication Skills for Healthcare

This course will focus on developing needs analyses, individual development plans and a curriculum that is designed to meet required English, communication and testing competencies. The course will focus on graduate-level health care professionals, but the principles and methods discussed will provide insight and application to other health care professions.

LIN-576 Introduction to Academic Coaching

This course will explore and define academic coaching. Some of the topics will include the benefits of coaching, characteristics of a coach, coaching relationships, guidelines, communication with students, healthy boundaries, protocols for conducting coaching sessions, learning theories and styles and the academic coaching process.

LIN-557 Issues in Healthcare for ESL Professionals

This course will overview the scope of medical education and professional development of health care professionals. It will address the growing trend of international medical graduates, and other health professionals, in the United States. This trend has created a need for increased awareness, education and training. Students will have a broad understanding of the practice of medicine and its training, competencies and licensing. Research and employment opportunities will be discussed.

LIN-558 Materials Development and Integration

An application of second language learning and teaching principles to the analysis, adaptation, development and integration of materials for the ESL/EFL classroom. Among the resources explored are media, realia, computers and the internet for all language skills, including reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Pedagogic rationale for materials and their use with a specific group of learners is emphasized.

LIN-559 TESOL Lab

In this course participants will apply their theoretical learning within their own classroom environments via a lab course. This course will follow a three or four-member peer coaching format through which students will choose focus areas of instruction that they would like to grow. They will then work through a teach, record, reflect, share and peer coach process with their team. The goal is individual growth through peer encouragement and accountability.

English for Business and Organizations

Elevate your career with the practical experience and skills gained through this specialization. Through these courses, you’ll also be able to earn your academic coaching micro-credential to continue to add value and explore opportunities to serve your students and organization well.

LIN-578 Language and Communication Skills for Business and Organizations

Business and organization communication skills range from basic writing, speaking, reading and listening to planning and negotiation and everything else in between. This course is designed to take knowledge from TESOL methods and apply them to specific teaching settings in providing a needs analysis of an English language learner (ELL), including language level and learning goals, and to create a learning plan to match those goals.

LIN-576 Introduction to Academic Coaching

This course will explore and define academic coaching. Some of the topics will include the benefits of coaching, characteristics of a coach, coaching relationships, guidelines, communication with students, healthy boundaries, protocols for conducting coaching sessions, learning theories and styles and the academic coaching process.

LIN-579 Business and Organization English Field Praxis

This course draws learning into authentic application and continues in the TESOL Lab course. In this course students will network and establish contact with the ELL with whom they will work in the TESOL Lab course. After connecting with the ELL, students will create and perform a full needs analysis that will translate into the creation and implementation of a learning plan in the lab course.

LIN-558 Materials Development and Integration

An application of second language learning and teaching principles to the analysis, adaptation, development and integration of materials for the ESL/EFL classroom. Among the resources explored are media, realia, computers and the internet for all language skills, including reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Pedagogic rationale for materials and their use with a specific group of learners is emphasized.

LIN-559 TESOL Lab

In this course participants will apply their theoretical learning within their own classroom environments via a lab course. This course will follow a three or four-member peer coaching format through which students will choose focus areas of instruction that they would like to grow. They will then work through a teach, record, reflect, share and peer coach process with their team. The goal is individual growth through peer encouragement and accountability.

Cross-Cultural Ministry

Continue your passion for service and teaching in cross-cultural ministry. By journeying through this specialization, you’ll also be able to earn a micro-credential in academic coaching.

LIN-582 Language and Communication Skills for Cross-Cultural Ministry

This course is designed to take knowledge from TESOL methods and apply them to specific teaching settings in providing a needs analysis of an English language learner (ELL), including language level and learning goals, and to create a learning plan to match those goals.

LIN-576 Introduction to Academic Coaching

This course will explore and define academic coaching. Some of the topics will include the benefits of coaching, characteristics of a coach, coaching relationships, guidelines, communication with students, healthy boundaries, protocols for conducting coaching sessions, learning theories and styles and the academic coaching process.

LIN-583 Cross-Cultural Ministry English Field Praxis

This course draws learning into authentic application and continues in the TESOL Lab course. In this course students will network and establish contact with the ELL with whom they will work in the TESOL Lab course. After connecting with the ELL, students will create and perform a full needs analysis that will translate into the creation and implementation of a learning plan in the lab course.

LIN-558 Materials Development and Integration

An application of second language learning and teaching principles to the analysis, adaptation, development and integration of materials for the ESL/EFL classroom. Among the resources explored are media, realia, computers and the internet for all language skills, including reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Pedagogic rationale for materials and their use with a specific group of learners is emphasized.

LIN-559 TESOL Lab

In this course participants will apply their theoretical learning within their own classroom environments via a lab course. This course will follow a three or four-member peer-coaching format through which students will choose focus areas of instruction that they would like to grow. They will then work through a teach, record, reflect, share and peer coach process with their team. The goal is individual growth through peer encouragement and accountability.

Program Learning Outcomes

Inspire your students to reach their potential as you cultivate your mind through a curriculum that weaves theory and practice in the field of TESOL. As you learn alongside your supportive community, you’ll develop skills in areas of TESOL such as technology, methodologies and social contexts. Empowered with these abilities, you’ll bring positive change for your students and community.

I am a better teacher, person and Christian. I was blessed with classmates from all over the world who opened up my mind and heart to so many different countries, cultures and languages.

Jane Porter (M.A. ’19)

Faculty

Our faculty in the M.A. TESOL program are passionate about growing together in cultivating thriving communities. With their diverse experiences ranging from K-12 education to the mission field, they eagerly seek to engage in meaningful collaboration as you pursue influence in your own context.

Related Programs

At PGS, we’re passionate about welcoming you into a learning community designed to help you reach your full potential. In addition to our M.A. in TESOL program, we also offer non-degree programs and other graduate programs as you live out your vocational calling in serving and teaching others.

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