Course of Study in the TESOL Program

"The flexibility and variety of courses in SSU's M.A. TESOL program met my practical and academic needs and interests. The program's experienced and friendly professors helped me customize my M.A. courses and successfully finish them. Besides, students from all around the world helped deepen my knowledge and give insight into my English teaching practices and theories."

Dongseok Choi, South Korean English Teacher

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The TESOL Master's Degree program requires 30-36 semester units of coursework, depending on the candidate's chosen pathway to program completion: the thesis/project, cognate, or individualized examination. In all three pathways, graduate students take 18 units of TESOL program courses, and at least 6 units of graduate core courses. All graduate students work with a three-member committee, and most closely with the committee chair, to complete a culminating activity that is presented to the committee in a public forum.


Two years of university foreign language study or equivalent


A general linguistics course, such as English 341

TESOL Concentration Coursework (18 units):

  • EDTE 540 Theories and Research in SLA
    This course will provide an overview and critical examination of the theories and research in second language acquisition (SLA) and will explore relationships between this work and second language teaching and learning. Major theories examined will include those from cognitive, pyscholinguistic, sociolinguistic, and sociocultural perspectives.
  • EDTE 541 Advanced Pedagogical Grammar
    In this course students will gain an understanding of the grammar of English and how to use this understanding in the classroom. We will examine a variety of current perspectives and approaches to describing and teaching grammar and will explore innovative ways to integrate grammar development and communicative skill development in second and foreign language instruction.
  • EDTE 542 Teaching Multilingual Writing
    This course will investigate the theory and practice of learning to write in a second language from an applied linguistics perspective. The course will cover the theoretical developments in L1 and L2 composition, the historical development of L2 composition as a field of research, and its current research issues and pedagogical concerns.
  • EDTE 543 Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language
    The practicum is designed to provide students with an opportunity to observe an ESL teacher (s) and to have a supervised experience in teaching English learners. Students may observe in more than one type of ESL instructional setting, but will take over teaching responsibilities in one setting for a minimum of 4 weeks. A seminar accompanies the field experience.
  • EDTE 544 Advanced Methods in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
    This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of methods for teaching English to non-native speakers of English at various grade levels. Students will link theory to practice through the study of current methods for teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will also learn to create, select and evaluate materials appropriate for teaching in different settings.
  • EDTE 545 Special Topics in ESL/EFL
    These courses will vary by semester
  • Electives (6 Units for Cognate Pathway)