Master of Arts
Master of Arts with Initial Teaching Licensure
Additional ESL Licensure
Graduate Certificate for Professional Development
There are growing numbers of English language learners in west central Wisconsin, the Twin Cities, and the world. More and more, teachers and others who work with students or employees with limited proficiency in English feel that their own training and education is inadequate to meet this challenge.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls offers courses and degree plans that can prepare you to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). The courses we offer are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to meet licensure for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). In addition, teachers in Minnesota may also pursue certification upon completion of this program.
The Master of Arts degree in TESOL is designed for ESL licensed or bilingual education professionals and for those who want to teach in foreign countries or in Adult Basic Education (ABE) positions in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Students will complete 36 credits and may choose a degree plan with or without a thesis.
Those who would like to earn their initial teaching certification and then continue with their program of study to earn a master's degree in TESOL may do so. Completing both the teaching certification requirements and the degree requires 37 credits, 19 of which are at the 700 level.
In addition to the general admissions requirements for graduate study at UWRF, candidates must have either six semesters of a foreign language study at the high school or college level or demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Foreign language proficiency is determined through consultation with members of the UWRF modern languages department and on a case by case basis. If students do not meet the language requirement, they can take language courses while pursuing the degree, but those credits will not be applied to the degree.
International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 80 on the Internet-based version of the TOEFL. See additional requirements for international students.