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Teaching English as a Second Language, Master of Arts in English emphasis

Program Details

Since 1993, over 100 students have completed the Master of Arts in English: Teaching English as a Second Language at St. Cloud State University. Graduates from this program are now English language learner teachers in school districts throughout Minnesota and in other states such as Arizona, Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. They are also Adult Education ESL teachers in Minnesota, Community and Technical College ESL teachers in Minnesota, TEFL teachers in China, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Emirates. They are also foreign language teachers of Chinese and Japanese for both adults and children in the United States, and Ph.D. students at Ball State University, Michigan State University, Northern Arizona University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. 

This program focuses on K-12 ESL teaching in the US, Teaching EFL internationally, having a strong linguistic foundation, intercultural communicative competence for teachers, and interactive models of education. 

Nine highly qualified faculty members from the English Department in the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Teacher Education in the School of Education provide a wide variety of linguistics and applied linguistics courses for this degree program. These faculty members have lived, worked, and taught throughout the world, all speak more than one language, and bring together well over 100 years of teaching experience. 

There are two options to take in this program the thesis or the non-thesis option. With the thesis option students must take nine credits of research courses, 15 credits of pedagogy courses, six credits of linguistic courses and six credits of elective courses making that a total of 36 credit hours. Within the non-thesis option students must take six credits of research courses, 15 credits of pedagogy courses, nine credits of linguistic courses, and six credits of electives making that also a total of 36 credit hours.


  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in previous undergraduate and graduate records.
  • Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last half of undergraduate work.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission