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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Master's in TESOL at KU

The Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)* at the University of Kansas School of Education is an interdisciplinary program by nature, and is designed to produce graduates who possess a high level of knowledge of contemporary theories, pedagogies and research in TESOL curriculum and instruction. Program graduates will demonstrate:

  • Skill in teaching all students;
  • Understanding of and ability to act on research;
  • Practice shaped by pedagogical content knowledge;
  • An ability to serve as a building and professional leader. 

Benefits of the program include:

  • Program Reputation - KU’s Master’s in TESOL is offered through the KU School of Education, which recently ranked 8th in the nation was according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools. 
  • Customizable Curriculum - With only a minimum of 12 credit hours required in curriculum & instruction, students work with their faculty advisors to choose coursework that aligns with their individual professional needs and personal goals. 
  • Professional Network – Instructors and fellow graduate students will offer a broad-based knowledge of the field, lifelong friends and fellow colleagues from their programs. 
  • Nationally-accredited Program - The KU School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.

Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts degree program will complete coursework in the School of Education as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and potentially other departments at KU. Students will complete coursework in areas such as linguistics, anthropology and sociology, for example. This provides the student an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in education as well as TESOL.

*This program is a Master of Arts degree in curriculum & instruction with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)​. The program does not lead to initial nor advanced licensure in the state of Kansas.

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