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M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Northeastern Illinois University
Program overview
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates



Program description

M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Unpack the science behind teaching English. Step up your teaching skills for a growing population of adults who want to learn English.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is the application of linguistics to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. The M.A. in TESOL program gives students an understanding of the nature of language, culture, instruction, assessment, and professionalism, and their interrelationships. The program prepares students to teach English in the United States or overseas.

Program Benefits

Within the U.S., Northeastern’s graduates teach ESL in public and private schools, as well as in the city in community colleges and adult education programs. English language learners are the fastest-growing group of students in the U.S. today.

Admission requirements

General admission requirements

  • Submit a completed application.
  • Submit a non-refundable application fee accompanying the application. The application fee can be in the form of a check, money order or bank draft payable to Northeastern Illinois University. If paid in cash at the Student Payment Services Office, the receipt should be attached with the application package.
  • Possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or recognized international college or university.
  • Provide current official transcripts. Transcripts and examination scores must be official and received in an envelope sealed by the sending institution or electronically via credential third-party transcript provider. Hand-carried transcripts will be considered official as long as they are delivered in the sealed envelope. Transcripts become the property of the University and cannot be released.
  • Meet the requirements of the specific program to which they are applying.

International student requirements:

  • Submit application for admission with a $30 application fee to the Admissions Office. We encourage students to apply online for faster processing.
  • Submit current official copies of transcripts of schools attended within the United States. All transcripts from non U.S. colleges or universities must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) sent to the Admissions Office.
  • Arrange to have official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to the Admissions Office. You must pass the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 (masters admission requires 550) or you must pass the computerized version of the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 173 (master admission requires 213) or the internet based test with minimum score of 61 (masters admission requires 79). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL. An IELTS minimum score of 6 (masters admissions 6.5) is required.
  • Masters applicants must also submit 2 letters of recommendation, statement of goals and objectives, and any additional documents required by the program.
  • Your file will be reviewed for admission decision when the application, fee and all academic documents, such as transcripts and test scores are received. However, an I-20 will not be issued until the Requirements for I-20 Processing have been met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

Course Requirements in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


  • Principles Of Linguistics For Teachers
  • Structure Of Modern English
  • Advanced Linguistic Analysis


  • Language Variation
  • Pragmatics (or another culture-related course, in consultation with the advisor)

Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction

  • Techniques Of Teaching English As A Second Language
  • One other course, in consultation with the advisor


  • Principles Of Language Assessment


  • Theories Of Teaching English As A Second Language
  • Second Language Acquisition

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Career opportunities

The M.A. in TESOL prepares you for careers in areas such as:

  • Pre-K-12 public and private schools
  • Teaching/instruction (community college levels)
  • Continuing adult education
  • Program administration
  • Curriculum development

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Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a public university that is more than 150 years old. It attracts students and faculty from over 100 countries. Its main 67-acre campus is a welcoming oasis located in a safe residential neighborhood on the...

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Northeastern Illinois University

5500 North St. Louis Avenue
60625 Chicago
United States of America

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