MA Teaching English to Speakers Of Other Languages

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The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) program is designed especially for monolingual English speaking teachers, paraprofessionals and pre-service teachers who have English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classrooms, and want to know how to better serve those students. Educators working with individual, small groups or whole classes of ELLs will benefit from this program. Teachers who have a teaching license from the Colorado Department of Education may use this opportunity to seek a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages(TESOL).

The MA TESOL degree is 30 semester hours or 10 courses. The first eight courses (24 semester hours) are applicable to the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Endorsement (CLDE) through the Colorado Department of Education. The last two courses are the core/research classes that complete the MA in TESOL.    The Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language Certificate (TESL/TEFL) is a 12 credit hour  program.  Students would take only CURR 5701, 5703, 5705 and 5713.

MA TESOL, Endorsement and TESL/TEFL Admissions Checklist

Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1

Complete the electronic online application: Apply Now!

Obtain three letters of reference

Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended

Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements)

Current résumé

Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure

Interview with department faculty member

Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program.

**If you have questions about the program before or during the Admissions process, or would like more programmatic information, call 719-255-4996 or

Additional items of note for International applicants:
English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office.

Applicants with any post-secondary course work from an international higher education institution that is recognized by their country’s Education Ministry must submit a course-by-course foreign degree evaluation by member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, AACRAO ( or World Education Services/WES

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities.

MA Courses

>>Course Rotation Schedule

Core (6 credits)

LEAD 5700 - 3 Introduction to Research and Statistics
CURR 5090 -3 Research Project

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Endorsement (24 credits, for CLDE endorsement)

CURR 5700-  3 Introduction to Linguistically Diverse/Multicultural Education
CURR 5701-  3 Materials and Methods in Linguistically Diverse/Multicultural Education*
CURR 5702 - 3 Literacy for All Learners
CURR 5703 - 3 Assessment: Methods, Materials and Theories for ELL's*
CURR 5704 - 3 Practicum in Linguistically Diverse/Multicultural Education
CURR 5705 - 3 Second Language Acquisition: Capstone*
CURR 5707 - 3 Pro-Seminar: Parent and Community Involvement
CURR 5713 - 3 Language and Linguistics*

*TESL/TEFL courses (12 credit hours) required for the online certificate. All credits may be applied to the MA TESOL within 5 years of taking the first course.