Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics
The MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics prepares students for careers in teaching English to nonnative speakers of English, either in the U.S. or abroad. Students with MA degrees in TESL teach adults and younger learners in a wide variety of contexts, supervise language programs, work for testing organizations, and create language teaching materials. Students choose among optional specializations listed. The degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credits, including a final thesis or creative component (3 credits) and meeting a foreign language requirement that may be fulfilled in a number of ways.
- Master of Arts (M.A.)
- Computer Assisted Language Learning (M.A.)
- Corpus and Computational Linguistics (M.A.)
- English for Specific Purposes (M.A.)
- Language Assessment (M.A.)
- Literacy in English as a Second Language (M.A.)
- Literature in English as a Second Language (M.A.)
- Teaching English to L1 Spanish Learners (M.A.)
- Demonstrate independence, reflective practices and professionalism in teaching and assessment of English as a second language
- Demonstrate knowledge of and confidence with the use of computer applications relevant to teaching English language teaching
- Formulate important research questions to for guiding investigations that contribute to theory and practice in one or more areas of applied linguistics
- Carry out research in one area of applied linguistics that will increase understanding of English language teaching
- Evaluate research in the field to identify its contribution to theory, research and practice in applied linguistics
- Communicate ideas, discoveries, and findings to others in a professional and creative manner
- Collaborate with other professionals to create and investigate new knowledge, practices and products for English language teaching
How long does it take to earn a degree?
- Median time to earn the master’s: 1.9 years (Methods)
Contact: Teresa Smiley
Graduate Studies Program, 203 Ross Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1201
Graduate College Requirements:Program Specific Requirements:
- 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
- Academic Records/Transcripts
- Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
- Proof of English Proficiency.
- 1. Three letters of recommendation (LOR)
- 2. Curriculum vitae/resume
- 3. Statement of purpose and personal goals
- 4. Application for Teaching Assistantship statement
- 5. Writing sample according to our guidelines
- NOTE: Nonnative speakers of English may NOT be required to submit English proficiency test scores (see below). Review downloadable Graduate Application Instructions document.
- Program Requires GRE: No
- Program Requires GMAT: No
- Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
- Financial Statement: Application
- English Proficiency Minimum:
TOEFL Paper (PBT) 587 TOEFL Internet (iBT) 95 IELTS 7 PTE 68 Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 115
- January 5 for fall semester entry, with applications accepted and evaluated beginning October 15. Early applications are encouraged.
October 15 for spring semester entry (no assistantships, scholarships, or fellowships available with spring admission)
This program is open to domestic and international students.
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