Teaching English in Secondary Schools (TESS) (MA)

Express your interest

Please complete the online interest form on the Overview tab to express your interest in joining a Teaching English in Secondary Schools (TESS) MA cohort. The next cohort is scheduled to begin Summer 2015. We will use the information you provide to send you program updates, including important information about application deadlines. 

Apply for admission

Applications are currently being accepted for the cohort beginning Summer 2015. We encourage you to apply for admission to graduate studies through the University of Northern Iowa as soon as possible. Applications received by June 1, 2015, will receive full consideration.

Former UNI students: The online application requires logging in with your CatID credentials. If you have forgotten your username or passphrase, contact us at CESP-Consult@uni.edu or 800-772-1746 and let us know that you are interested in applying for the TESS MA program.

Need help with your UNI application?

Contact us at 800-648-3864 or Distance@uni.edu for assistance. Additional resources are also available from the UNI Graduate College.

  • Complete the online Application for Graduate Study (click to open application in a new window)
  • Please note that you are applying for admission in the category of Degree Status for Summer 2015
  • The program for which you are applying is Teaching English in Secondary Schools - MA
  • Entrance exams are not required. 
  • Note that if you have received a degree from UNI, you do not have to pay the non-refundable $50 application fee or request transcripts.
  • International students: Please contact Linda Jernigan at linda.jernigan@uni.edu or 319-273-5925 for specific instructions.

Additional materials required:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample

Send additional materials to:
Office of Admissions
University of Northern Iowa
002 Gilchrist Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018

What to expect

When your application for graduate study is complete, you will receive confirmation from UNI Admissions staff that they have received and forwarded your application and transcripts to the Department of Languages and Literatures for review. 

The department will review your application materials and contact you about your admission status. Following admission to the program, you will be provided enrollment information as it becomes available.