Teaching English as a Second Language Program

College of Arts and Humanities

232 Mitchell Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2640
Teaching English as a Second Language
Dr. Park, Graduate Coordinator
 

Programs of Study

The master of arts in teaching English as a second language is an interdisciplinary program contributed to by the departments of English, Languages and Cultures, Anthropology and Sociology, Communication Studies, and Philosophy. The program is designed for those preparing to teach English to students whose first language is not English; graduates of this program are also prepared to design ESL/EFL curriculum and to assess the linguistic development of second language students.  Also offered is the certificate of preparation in ESL teaching, a graduate program that leads to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s qualification for teaching ESL PK-12 in the public schools. The certificate courses may be applied toward the M.A. in TESL. Provided that entering students are precertified in a stand-alone area, this certificate qualifies graduates for public school ESL teaching in Pennsylvania. Both the M.A. and certificate programs provide background in linguistics, sociolinguistics and culture, and teaching methodology in TESL.

Master's Program in Teaching English as a Second Language

Certificate of Preparation in ESL Teaching (ESL Program Specialist Certificate)

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to a graduate program at West Chester, applicants must document background in the following areas:

  1.  Introduction to Linguistics (subject to approval by a TESL program adviser)
  2.  Proficiency in English (one of the following three options)1:
    1. TOEFL: 92 for the internet-based exam, 237 for the computer-based exam, 580 for the paper-based exam
    2. IELTS: An overall score at bend 6.5 or above, and minimum scores of 6.5 for speaking, listening, reading, and writing are preferred.
    3. WCU ELS Program
  3.  24 semester hours of a second language/English/linguistics/philosophy/communications2
  4.  Six semester hours of anthropology/sociology/psychology2
  5.  Experience in learning a second language2

Students with a TOEFL score slightly lower than 580 may be admitted provisionally to the TESL program. Provisionally admitted students will, in consultation with their adviser, select additional English language courses in order to meet this language proficiency requirement by the time of degree candidacy (after 12-15 credits).

Students who do not meet the second language or linguistics background requirements upon application for admission may be admitted provisionally and, in consultation with their adviser, will select additional courses in order to satisfy these requirements by the time of degree candidacy (after 12-15 credits). Students must pass an oral and written comprehensive examination before graduating.

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Students with a language score slightly lower than the required minimum may be admitted provisionally to the TESL program. Provisionally admitted students will, in consultation with their adviser, select additional English language courses in order to meet this language proficiency requirement by the time of degree candidacy (after 12-15 credits).

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Students who do not meet the second language or linguistics background requirements upon application for admission may be admitted provisionally and, in consultation with their adviser, will select additional courses in order to satisfy these requirements by the time of degree candidacy (after 12-15 credits). Students must pass an oral and written comprehensive examination before graduating.

All students in graduate programs are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the graduate catalog. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs(s) may be listed below.

Professors

Garrett G. Molholt (1987)

B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Frederick R. Patton (1981)

B.A., M.Ed., Temple University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Andrea Varricchio (1986)

Coordinator, Languages and Cultures

B.A., Chestnut Hill College; M.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D., Temple University

Associate Professors

Mahmoud Amer (2011)

Chairperson, Languages and Cultures

B.A., Mutah University; M.A., University of Toledo; Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Maria José Cabrera (2007)

Coordinator, Languages and Cultures

B.A., Universidad de Murcia (Spain); M.A., West Virginia University; Ph.D., Rutgers University

Assistant Professors

Jelena Colovic-Markovic (2013)

B.A., University of Belgrade; M.A., Brigham Young University; Ph.D., University of Utah

William Keith Corbitt (2013)

Coordinator, Languages and Cultures

A.A., Monterey Peninsula College; B.A., High Point University; M.A., University of Delaware; M.A., Ph.D., University of Indiana

Chui Kian Smidt (2011)

B.Ed., University of Exeter; M.A., Iowa State University; Ph.D., University of Minnesota