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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Chui Kian Smidt

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at West Chester University is an interdisciplinary program designed to educate and prepare candidates for a career teaching English to non-native English speakers. Students are prepared to address the factors and issues which inform second language education and become highly capable instructors of English as a Second Language for a variety of learners in a variety of contexts including public schools (PK-12). Our graduates have the skills necessary to function as effective language and literacy educators and community leaders among diverse populations both within the U.S. and abroad.




The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESL) is an interdisciplinary graduate program which allows students to take courses across a number of departments including: Languages and Cultures, English, Literacy, Communicative Disorders, and various programs within the College of Education. The Master of Arts program is primarily designed for those preparing to teach English to learners whose first language is not English, and for pre-certified teachers who wish to develop their field-related expertise in the area of second language teaching, curriculum design, assessment, language program development, and educational leadership and advocacy.

ESL Program Specialist Certificate

The PDE ESL Program Specialist Certificate Program (PDEEPS) is designed to qualify pre-certified teachers to teach ESL in PA public schools, in cases where a primary teaching certification is already in place at the time of application to the program. Therefore, PDEEPS applicants should have previously student taught and earned formal (stand-alone) certification from the PDE in another area before entering this program. Applicants to PDEEPS are required to first earn Instructional I certification in an alternate subject area (e.g., K-12 Spanish or French, Secondary English, Social Studies) recognized by the PDE in order to apply for the necessary qualification for teaching ESL in the public schools in Pennsylvania.


Program Highlights

The MA TESL is a 36-credit program. The PDEEPS is an 18-credit program, all of which can count towards the MA TESL.


What can I do with this degree?

  • English language instructor (e.g., at domestic universities and at universities and language academies abroad)
  • Program coordinator for ESL programs
  • PK-12 ESL specialist

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