MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages now offers a Master’s degree in TESL.  This program offers courses in linguistics, second language acquisition and teaching pedagogy, including a variety of opportunities for hands-on learning through course projects, practica and a teaching internship.

The program requires 36 graduate credits and can be completed in one and a half years.  We accept applications for Summer and Fall terms.  

Application:  TESL MA applications are processed through the Graduate School. 

Go to:     (Deadline:  February 1, 2017)

The TESL program can be combined with any MCLLC MA: MCLLC Graduate Programs/Concurrent Graduate Degree Options

TESL Graduate Certificate: The TESL Graduate Certificate (12 cr.) is designed to provide an introduction to the core pedagogical issues and practices in teaching English as a second or foreign language. A TESL (or TESOL) Certificate is a recognized teaching credential in many international educational contexts. The Graduate TESL Certificate curriculum requires 9 graduate credit hours of course work in the TESL program and a supervised teaching practicum (3 cr.). Contact the TESL Director, if you are interested in applying to this program. 

Application: TESL Graduate Certificate applications are processed through the Graduate School.

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English Language Requirement:  Non-native English speakers must have a TOEFL score of 88 (or higher) in order to be eligible to apply to the TESL  program.   


   All inquiries should be directed to: 

Dr. Francis Bailey
Director of TESL MA Program
Associate Professor
Modern and Classical Languages
1051 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky,
Lexington, KY 40506

Phone:  859-257-7025

Officers of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures are:

1055 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506-0027
ph: 859-257-3761
fax: 859-257-3743

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