Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.A.
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University offers qualified students the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Degree. Though this program can be taken entirely online, students have the option of completing the program on-site, or in some combination of the two. APU continues its faith-based focus, combining the theory of compassionate Christian service with a strong academic and practical preparation for language teaching.
During this program, students will listen to qualified faculty share their experiences while catering coursework to the students' needs, goals, and interests. Project-based coursework will aid students in formulating a working philosophy of language learning and teaching, so that graduates will be able to effectively teach English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
Degree candidates should learn to organize interactions, activities, and tasks for their future students. It is important that those enrolled understand social and cultural contexts and their importance in shaping language development. Candidates combine theory and experiential learning, engaging in practice-teaching and student-teacher observation. By the end of the program, students will develop a portfolio that demonstrates their competency in teaching English as a second language. Graduates may be able to find opportunities to teach English in public and private sectors both within and outside of the United States.
To complete this program, those enrolled must earn a total of 36 credits. Courses must be taken in sequence and students are able to start online delivery in either the Spring or Fall session. One three-credit class is dedicated to the formulation of a TESOL Portfolio. This will contain evidence of mastering the 15 competencies upon which the program is built. Courses include Second-language Pedagogy, Reflective Teaching, Language Learning Through Technology, and Teaching English Grammar.
Degree Level: Master
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
The School of Education receives accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Applicants must possess: A bachelor’s degree
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required. (Applicants for the TESOL programs are not required to have undergraduate majors in fields such as English, linguistics, or education; however a strong background in one of these is recommended.)
A minimum 3.0 GPA
A 3.0 baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required. [Applicants with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be considered for provisional admission.]
A TOEFL score of 600 or above (nonnative speakers only)
Nonnative speakers of English must score 600 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 100 on the IBT, and must pass a test of written English. Applicants who score between 550 and 600 (213-249 on the computer-based TOEFL; 79-99 on the IBT) may be granted conditional admission, but will be required to complete TESL 500 English for Internationals (3 units) during their first semester of graduate work.
University College of Azusa Pacific University supports a wide range of distance education programs, including master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and post-graduate certificates. University College (also known as Azusa Pacific University College) is a result to the merger of Azusa Pacific Online University and the School of Adult and Professional Studies. University College is a four-year, primarily associate’s, private not-for-profit school, with its main location in Glendora, California. Azusa Pacific University approved the formation of this independent institution with an intended goal of providing more flexible learning options for nontraditional students, including online and evening class sessions. Following the Christian-centered principles of Azusa Pacific University, University College’s purpose statement is: “We create for people a new hope for the future by investing in lives through learning pathways that are Christ-centered, flexible, and accessible.”
Azusa Pacific University, the parent school of University College, is a four-year, private Christian-based higher educational institution, located in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa, California. The institution first opened in 1899, as the Training School for Christian Workers. The school has continued to grow and now operates as one of the largest Christian universities within the United States. Azusa Pacific University supports over 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.
University College follows a trimester calendar with year-round classes that offer accelerated programming. Each traditional 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week sessions allowing for greater flexibility. Online coursework is asynchronous and hosted on the Moodle learning management platform.
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