M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

College of Arts and Humanities
Prerequisite Course 1
LIN 501Introduction to Linguistics3
Required Courses
LAN 500Methods and Materials of Research in Second Language Education 23
LAN 504Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language 23
LAN 575Structure of Modern English 23
LIN 540Sociolinguistics 23
LAN 584Teaching Reading and Writing to ESL Students3
LAN 583Second Language Acquisition3
LAN 576Curriculum and Materials for TESL 2,33
LAN 587ESL Practicum I 33
Electives 412
Select 12 credits from the following list of courses:
Classroom Discourse
Computer Applications for Language Learning
Online Language Teacher Education
Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) PK-12
Teaching Listening and Speaking to ESL/SL learners
Teaching Pronunciation to English Language Learners
Seminar In Second Language Education
Implicit / Explicit Instruction and Corrective Feedback
Second Language (L2) Vocabulary Learning and Teaching
Culminating Assessment Portfolio and Comprehensive Exam
MA TESOL candidates must also submit a culminating assessment portfolio and take a required comprehensive examination upon completion of the required coursework. Candidates must inform the Program Director of the completion plan to schedule the examination at their earliest convenience (no later than the beginning of the final semester).
Total Minimum Credits Required36

This prerequisite course does not count toward the required 36 credits.


If you have Level I or II certification in Pennsylvania, these five courses plus ENG 569/LAN 569, can be used for the WCU PDE ESL Program Specialist Certificate, enabling you to teach ESL in Pennsylvania public schools.


Advanced course. Usually taken during the final two semesters of enrollment.


Other courses are subject to advisor approval.

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via my WCU and consult their Graduate Coordinator.  For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a sample suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LIN 501 Introduction to Linguistics (if applicable, pre-requisite course) 3
LAN 500 Methods and Materials of Research in Second Language Education 3
LAN 504 Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language 3
Elective 3
Semester Two
LAN 583 Second Language Acquisition 3
LAN 584 Teaching Reading and Writing to ESL Students 3
LAN 575 Structure of Modern English 3
Year Two
Semester Three
LIN 540 Sociolinguistics 3
LAN 576 Curriculum and Materials for TESL 3
Elective 3
Semester Four
LAN 587 ESL Practicum I 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Credits39