UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Master of Arts in TESOL with Teaching License

Overview of Program

We offer two options to earn a master's degree along with a teaching license in TESOL. One option is for those individuals who want to get their initial teaching license along with the Master of Arts degree. The second option is for teachers who already possess a teaching license and want an additional license in TESOL while also earning a Master of Arts degree.

Degree Plus Initial License

Degree Plus Additional License


Program Curriculum for Master's Degree and Initial Teaching License

Students who would like to earn their initial teaching license and then continue with their program of study to earn a master's degree in TESOL would begin by applying for admission to Teacher Education. Assuming all the prerequisites and corequisites have been fulfilled, completing both the teaching license requirements and the MA degree requires 58-64 credits of coursework plus 12 credits of student teaching for a total of 70-76 credits.

Prerequisites or corequisites:
Required knowledge that may be obtained through coursework but credits will not count toward the MA in TESOL.
ENGL 320 or ENGL 520 Structure of English, 3 credits
ENGL 322 or ENGL 522 Acquisition of Language, 3 credits
Demonstrated proficiency of a single foreign language (two years of high school study, four semesters of university study, or another means)

Required TESOL Courses for the Teaching license, 18 credits:
ENGL 511 Intro. to Linguistics (may substitute ENGL 720 Educational Ling.), 3 credits
ENGL 560 Theory and Methodology of TESOL, 3 credits
ENGL 573 Techniques in Tutoring: Practicum (may substitute TESL 779, Internship), 3 credits
ENGL 620 Pedagogical Grammar, 3 credits (Prerequisite: ENGL 520)
ENGL 675 Assessment and Testing in TESOL, 3 credits
TESL 767 Teaching ESOL Reading, 3 credits

Required Teacher Education Courses for the Teaching License, 16 credits:
TED 740 The Historical, Philosophical, & Multicultural Foundations of Ed., 4 credits
TED 745 Educational Psychology, 6 credits
SPED 530 The Exceptional Child, 3 credits
TED 428 Techniques of TESOL, 3 credits

In addition to these graduate-level courses, students will complete 12 credits of student teaching (TED 472 Student Teaching in Elementary Education, TED 473 Student Teaching in Middle School, and TED 475 Student Teaching in Secondary Education) and a licensure portfolio as specified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For more information on initial teaching licensure, visit the Teacher Education web page.

Additional TESOL Courses Required for the Master of Arts Degree, 18-21 credits
ENGL 651 Phonetics and Phonology, 3 credits
ENGL 701 Writing, Reading, Presenting Research, 3 credits
ENGL 720 Educational Linguistics, 3 credits (not required if already taken in place of ENGL 511 under teaching license)
TESL 763 Words, Meaning, and Vocabulary Teaching, 3 credits
TESL 765 Language and Culture, 3 credits
TESL 789 Topics in TESOL, 3 credits
TESL 793 Plan B Paper, 3 credits, or TESL 799 Plan A Paper, 3 credits

Electives (0-3 credits)
Chose one if TESL 779 has not been substituted for ENGL 573.
ENGL 521 The English Language: History and Culture, 3 credits, or
ENGL 650 Non-Native Speakers in the Midwest, 3 credits, or
TESL 779, Internship (if not substituted for 573 above), 3 credits, or
ENGL 789, Topics in TESOL (repeatable with different topics), 3 credits


Program Curriculum for Master's Degree and Additional Teaching License

Students who would like to earn an additional teaching license and then continue with their program of study to earn a master's degree in TESOL would begin by applying for admission to Teacher Education. Assuming all the prerequisites and corequisites have been fulfilled, completing both the additional teaching license requirements and the MA degree requires 42-48 credits of coursework plus 0-6 credits of student teaching, depending on the subject of the current license.

Prerequisites or corequisites:
Required knowledge that may be obtained through coursework but credits will not count toward the MA in TESOL.
ENGL 320 or ENGL 520 Structure of English, 3 credits
ENGL 322 or ENGL 522 Acquisition of Language, 3 credits
Demonstrated proficiency of a single foreign language (two years of high school study, four semesters of university study, or another means)

Required TESOL Courses for the Teaching license, 18 credits:
ENGL 511 Intro. to Linguistics (may substitute ENGL 720 Educational Ling.), 3 credits
ENGL 560 Theory and Methodology of TESOL, 3 credits
ENGL 573 Techniques in Tutoring: Practicum (may substitute TESL 779, Internship), 3 credits
ENGL 620 Pedagogical Grammar, 3 credits (Prerequisite: ENGL 520)
ENGL 675 Assessment and Testing in TESOL, 3 credits
TESL 767 Teaching ESOL Reading, 3 credits

In addition to these courses, students will complete 0-6 credits of student teaching (TED 472 Student Teaching in Elementary Education, TED 473 Student Teaching in Middle School, and TED 475 Student Teaching in Secondary Education) and a licensure portfolio as specified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For more information on initial teaching licensure, visit the Teacher Education web page.

Additional TESOL Courses Required for the Master of Arts Degree, 18-21 credits
ENGL 651 Phonetics and Phonology, 3 credits
ENGL 701 Writing, Reading, Presenting Research, 3 credits
ENGL 720 Educational Linguistics, 3 credits (not required if already taken in place of ENGL 511 under teaching license)
TESL 763 Words, Meaning, and Vocabulary Teaching, 3 credits
TESL 765 Language and Culture, 3 credits
TESL 789 Topics in TESOL, 3 credits
TESL 793 Plan B Paper, 3 credits, or TESL 799 Plan A Paper, 3 credits

Electives (0-3 credits)
Chose one if TESL 779 has not been substituted for ENGL 573.
ENGL 521 The English Language: History and Culture, 3 credits, or
ENGL 650 Non-Native Speakers in the Midwest, 3 credits, or
TESL 779, Internship (if not substituted for 573 above), 3 credits, or
ENGL 789, Topics in TESOL (repeatable with different topics), 3 credits

For More Information  

Linda Jacobson
Program Manager
715-425-3190
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