• MA in TESOL Program Details

    Courses and Degree Requirements

    Hamline’s Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA in TESOL) is a flexible degree program that allows you to complete coursework at your own pace and can be finished in as few as 20 months (six terms).

    Total Credits: 36 (28 in core courses and 8 in area of concentration)

    Core Courses: (28 credits)

    • ESL 8100 - Linguistics for Language Teachers* (4 credits)
    • ESL 8110 - Language and Society* (4 credits)
    • ESL 8120 - Pedagogical Grammar and Discourse* (4 credits)
    • ESL 8130 - Exploring Learner Language and Second Language Acquisition* (4 credits)
    • ESL 8150 - Advanced Linguistic Analysis (4 credits)
    • GED 8400: Research Design (4 credits)
    • GED 8490: Capstone Project or GED 8495: Capstone Thesis (4 credits)

    Candidates need to show that they have learned a language other than English. The minimum requirement is either two years in high school or two semesters in college, documented with a transcript. Candidates whose first language is not English, or who have acquired another language in other ways, should discuss their case with Hamline staff.

    Areas of Concentration

    Teaching Adults: (8 credits)

    The MA-TESOL with an Adult concentration prepares you for a dynamic global and local career working with community colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, international corporations and NGOs, private language schools in teaching or administration, community-based ESL programs, and Adult Basic Education programs.

    • ESL 7620 - TEFL Certificate Course (8 credits)


    • ESL 8105 - English Teaching Practices (4 credits)
    • ESL 8107 - Course Design and Assessment (4 credits)

    Teaching K-12: (8 Credits)

    This concentration is for candidates who are also pursuing a K-12 ESL teaching license. The additional MA course work prepares you to effectively advocate for learners, collaboratively address academic language needs, and lead within your school and beyond. (*Courses with asterisks can be applied to the Minnesota K-12 ESL teaching license. All teachers must meet licensing requirements in the state where they teach.)

    • ESL 7700 - Teacher Leadership in TESOL (2 credits) 
    • ESL 7753 - Testing and Evaluation of English Language Learners (2 credits)
    • ESL 7776 - ESL Methods (4 credits)