Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)

The study of TESOL provides preparation for helping others improve their abilities to use English and thereby to function successfully where English is used — whether in K–12 classrooms or in community, business, professional or artistic and cultural settings. 

New cohort to begin Fall 2015

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Program highlights

  • Designed primarily for individuals who wish to teach overseas, at community colleges and intensive English programs, and for K-12 teachers wishing to upgrade their skills and employability.
  • Offers a direct opportunity for multicultural and international experiences, as well as service to the community.
  • Courses are designed using the Quality Matters set of professional standards based upon research, best practices and national standards for course design.

Please note: Some courses may be applied toward the Iowa English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement. In addition to coursework, ESL students must have a minimum of 12 hours of supervised teaching at both the K–6 and 7–12 endorsement levels, at least one of which must include ESL.

Convenient course delivery

Courses are offered using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system and online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. Courses meeting in the fall and spring semesters are taught in eight-week modules on Thursday evenings.

While most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our online courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.

Our faculty

TESOL faculty members are actively involved in and passionate about the profession. They conduct and publish research, present papers throughout the world and provide exceptional course experiences. With great importance placed on teaching, faculty members put student needs first as they provide opportunities for academic/professional development, empowering students to succeed in their careers.

Career opportunities

A graduate degree in TESOL prepares students for an exciting future. With an increasing demand for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, TESOL graduates will continue to have a wide variety of career possibilities. UNI graduates are teaching in more than 25 countries.

Recent graduates of the program include

  • Teachers of English in the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and Asia
  • K-12 teachers in the U.S. (licensure required)
  • English teachers in community colleges and in Intensive English programs in the U.S. and abroad
  • Professionals in government agencies and on grant-funded projects developing curricula and evaluating English teaching programs