Admission Requirements

Applicants to the TESL program will include individuals who are:

  • fluent speakers of English
  • hold the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree
  • MA graduates from the University of Kentucky or another university
  • currently enrolled in a UK world language or education program
  • classroom teachers seeking professional development
  • second-career professionals
  • international students 

Admission Requirements

  1. completion of application questionnaire
  2. For non-native speakers of English:  Applicants who are native speakers of a language other than English must demonstrate proficiency in English with a rating of a TOEFL iBT score of 88.
  3. For native speakers of English: Evidence of four semesters of college level instruction in a second language, or its equivalent. 
  4. GRE exam scores (The requirement to present GRE scores has been waived for MATESL applicants for fall 2021)
  5. minimum 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA, and a minimum 3.0 GPA in any previous graduate work
  6. letters of recommendation
  7. interview by a member of the program faculty

All program inquiries should be addressed to:

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

Phone:  859-257-7025

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

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Application Deadline:  February 1, 2018

Concurrent Degree:  The TESL program can be combined with any MCLLC MA Program

Go to:  MCLLC Graduate Programs/Concurrent Graduate Degree Options

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