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 
  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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