TESOL is an exciting, in-demand, and interdisciplinary field that draws on linguistics, bilingual education, sociology, pedagogy, cultural studies, and information technology to provide English teachers with a solid foundation in the theory and praxis of second language learning and teaching. TESOL graduates typically find employment both domestically and internationally as teachers, administrators, policymakers, materials developers, editors, cultural liaisons, and language program directors. They work in such diverse settings as schools, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, community and faith-based centers, and international businesses.
The 31-credit hour Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a professional degree that prepares you to become effective teachers of English to adult learners who speak other native languages, both in the U.S. and abroad. The M.A. in TESOL provides both a strong theoretical foundation as well as hands-on practical experiences.
Our professors are internationally recognized, award-winning scholars whose areas of expertise span an impressive array of disciplines, including second language acquisition, teacher education, language learning and technology, sociolinguistics, socio-cultural theory, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, intercultural discourse, multilingual writing, and learner identity. The International Center for Intercultural Communication, the English for Academic Purposes Program, and the Program for Intensive English offer unique opportunities for interdisciplinary work, internships, and practica in applied linguistics, health discourse, language teaching, and tutoring. Our vibrant urban setting provides students with diverse teaching experiences and employment opportunities upon graduation.
For information about the program, contact:
Estela Ene, Ph.D.
To contact the Graduate Office:
IUPUI Graduate Office
University Library, Room 1170
755 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
The 31-credit hour M.A. in TESOL is comprised of core courses, elective courses, and the completion of either a thesis or internship. Please click on the tabs above for more information. Course descriptions may be found.
M.A. students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average).
No courses with a grade of C or lower will count toward graduation requirements.
The IUPUI Graduate Office only allows the transfer of 12 credit hours from the certificate to the MA. Therefore, if you are in the certificate and decide that you want the MA as well, you should apply to the MA in TESOL Program at the same time or before you’ve reached the 12 credit-hour limit. Please always check with the Program and the Graduate Office regarding credit transfer rules at the time that you intend to apply for either the MA or the Certificate.
Applications for the M.A. in TESOL degree are accepted on a rolling basis and should meet all applicable requirements as described below. Final admission is based upon the approval of the admissions committee, which is comprised of the English Department’s Director of Graduate Studies, the Director of the M.A. in TESOL, program faculty members, and departmental administrative staff.