The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages is designed to prepare teachers for careers in teaching English as a second or foreign language in the United States or abroad. Students study the formal aspects of language, its acquisition and use, and gain knowledge and experience in current theories, approaches, and methods of language teaching and language assessment.
To be admitted to the M.A. TESOL program, a student must have an undergraduate major or minor in English, Linguistics, Language Arts, Reading or a Foreign Language with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Applicants with TOEFL scores of 213 CBT, 550 PBT, or 79 IBT and above, IELTS scores of 6.5 and above, or a MELAB score of 78 or higher, may be granted regular admission. Some programs, however, require higher TOEFL scores and others require all admitted international students to take an English proficiency test after arriving on campus. Applicants with majors in areas not related to language will be considered on an individual basis. In addition, two years of college foreign language study (or its equivalent) are required.
Applicants with TOEFL scores from 173 to 210 CBT, 500 to 549 PBT, or 61-78 IBT, IELTS scores of 5.5 or 6, or MELAB scores ranging from 69-77 may be granted conditional admission. Upon arrival at the university, they will be required to take an English proficiency test administered by CMU's English Language Institute (ELI). The results of the test will be used to determine the number of courses they will be required to take through the ELI. Such conditionally admitted students will be allowed to take a restricted number of courses in their academic disciplines concurrently with the ELI courses and must complete all required ELI courses by the end of their first year at CMU. Once satisfactory proficiency in English has been demonstrated, as determined by ELI policies these restrictions will be removed. Please note that students are required to pay tuition for ELI courses just as they would for any other CMU course.
Degree Requirements Students must complete 30 semester hours, 24 hours in core courses, and 6 hours in electives. Students must pass a comprehensive examination. A Plan B paper is required.
Required Courses (24 hours):
TESOL Materials, Assessment, Curriculum (3)
Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (3)
English Phonology for Language Teachers (3)
English Grammar for Language Teachers (3)
Applied Linguistics in Written Communication (3)
Seminar in English Linguistics (3) *
Practicum in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) (3)
* The remaining 3-6 credits may be taken as elective course credits.
For more information about degree requirements, visit the CMU Academic Bulletins.