The MA in TESL is designed to prepare teachers to teach the English language to English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 classrooms in the United States, as well as students in countries where English is not a primary language.
Teachers will acquire knowledge about theory and concepts in second language acquisition and be equipped with methodological skills to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Informed by constructivist approaches to teaching and learning, teachers will develop the abilities to design curriculum and assessments that meet specific standards for different learning situations in countries and cultures around the world.
The coursework in this MA in TESL program meets the standards defined by Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) and is nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to prepare teachers to teach English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL or EFL).
“The MA TESL was one of the best decisions in my professional life. The program not only helps me grow as a teacher, but it also opens doors to lifelong learning, discovery of new ideas, and meaningful life experiences.”
TESL, '19, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Why choose Webster University for the MA in TESL?
DJ Kaiser, PhD, director of Teaching English as a Second Language talks about the timeline, courses, and global interaction of Webster's TESL program.
Webster University's worldwide context allows interaction with learners from around the world through online education and/or study at one of the university's many international campuses.
Choose from one of the three areas of emphasis
This emphasis is internationally recognized and granted by Webster University. It will qualify you to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL). It also includes the TEFL Certificate, which is highly valued in the international market.
This emphasis is currently offered at Webster’s campuses in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Athens.
At Webster, your education is flexible and portable.
Five terms in an academic year make it easy to tailor your education to your life. Courses are offered in both semester and 8- or 9-week periods, and can consist of multiple modalities with our assortment of in person, hybrid, and online course options. Webster also offers a variety of degree, certificate, and non-degree programs.
For 40 years Webster has been building a network of campuses to serve local communities, now serving more than 10,000 students across 50 residential, metro, military, and international locations. Our students can start their degree at one location and finish it at another, or seamlessly work on their degree while studying abroad.
“Being a tutor with SLC was one of the most rewarding opportunities of my life. This experience helped me deepen my passion for teaching.”
MA in TESL, '21, Fulbright ScholarStudent Literacy Corps in St. Louis
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Highlights from the School of Education
Webster Athens Students Participate in International Conference
January 24, 2022
Webster Tashkent Holds 2021 Graduate Student Commencement
January 5, 2022
Webster Tashkent Wraps English Summer School Grant Project
October 6, 2021