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TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Degrees

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – TESOL

Program Information

Make a difference in the lives of students both in the United States and abroad with the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). With this degree from Campbellsville University, you will develop the skills you need to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in the United States or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) abroad. With our emphasis on being a truly global program, we developed our curriculum to explore both the mechanics of language and the importance of culture. The Master’s in TESOL is offered fully-online or as a hybrid, giving students access to a flexible learning experience.

Course Offerings

This program includes 36 – 39 credit hours of study. Although the completion time will vary, the program can be completed in as little as a year depending on start date.

Non-thesis Program Required Courses (36 credit hours, 3 credit hours each)
TSL 500 – Introduction to Linguistics
TSL 510 – Language and Culture
TSL 520 – Linguistic Phonetics
TSL 630 – Contrastive Analysis
TSL 640 – Second Language Acquisition
TSL 650 – ESL / EFL Assessment
TSL 660 – Materials and Methods I: Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation
TSL 661 – Materials and Methods II: Reading, Writing and Grammar
TSL 670 – Discourse Analysis
TSL 680 – Modern English Grammar
TSL 690 – TESL Practicum
TSL 691 – Research Paper

Thesis Program Required Courses (39 credit hours)
Includes all of the courses in the non-thesis track minus TSL 691 and with the addition of the following
TSL 696 – Thesis (6)

Campbellsville University’s graduate programs have received acclaim from respected resources like U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” and TheBestSchools.org. We are also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). No matter which pathway you choose to reach your educational goals, Campbellsville University is an excellent option for graduate studies.

Our MA TESOL program is facilitated by a phenomenal group of full-time and adjunct faculty, led by Director Eduardo Trindade (eltrindade@campbellsville.edu). We invite you to explore our master’s program in more detail — thank you for visiting Campbellsville’s College of Arts & Sciences.

This program is also available in a 100% online format. Learn more about Campbellsville University’s online Master of Arts in TESOL.


TESL Certificate

The TESL Certificate is for undergraduate students who would like to be prepared to work with students who are non-native speakers of English. This 13-hour option is offered completely online.

TESL Certificate program includes 5 courses with a total of 13 hours of course work, and has a 30-hour field experience component built in.

These courses are:

TSL 240           Language and Culture
TSL 250           TESL Assessment and Testing
TSL 340           L2 Acquisition
TSL 440           Applied Linguistics And English Grammar
TSL 460           TESL Methods And Materials for P-12 Teaching

Study Abroad Opportunities

The TSL 460 Materials and Methods course is offered in May can be an intensive study and work program abroad.  Through a study abroad experience, students will be able to put into practice the information gained from their coursework as they work in a three-week English teaching experience.  This “hands-on” experience allows students to fulfill their 30-hour practicum requirement while completing required coursework and learning about a new culture!

Career Possibilities

“I am currently waiting to go on the mission field.  I am going to Brazil to teach ESL at a Christian school called Amazon Valley Academy.  I am going through a mission organization called Network of International Christian Schools. This mission organization only hires people with a bachelor degree and only certified teachers.  Without my ESL certification I wouldn’t have this opportunity!  I hope this encourages those that are in the ESL certification/endorsement program and also sparks interest in other students!”

– Christie Bagley, 2008 C.U. Graduate

For more information about the TESL Certificate program, contact Eduardo Trindade at (270) 789-5084 or eltrindade@campbellsville.edu.

Careers in TESOL

  • Director or Administrator of ESL Program
  • Developer of English Materials for a Company
  • Academic Adviser
  • Government Agency Adviser
  • Private Language Arts Tutor
  • Foreign Language Lecturer
  • University Professor
  • Development Editor
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • ESL Instructor
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