TESOL Program Details

Program Structure


The academic coursework is designed to develop the knowledge base necessary for effective research and scholarship development.


Upon completion of 30 graduate credit hours, the student’s culminating activity is either the presentation/defense of a project/portfolio or the completion of a thesis. Students also have the option to complete a comprehensive exam in place of a project/thesis.

Comprehensive examination

Upon completion of 36 graduate credit hours of coursework, the student’s culminating activity is the comprehensive examination. The exam consists of both a written and oral part and tests the student's knowledge of the coursework; ability to reason, evaluate and draw supportable conclusions; and knowledge of current issues and trends within the field.


The practicum provides a supervised teaching experience in a setting appropriate to the goals of the aspiring teacher (elementary, secondary or adult). Particular attention is given to lesson planning, classroom and relationship management, and the development of self-evaluation techniques.

Program Curriculum

Graduate students enrolled in the master of arts degree program will complete coursework in the School of Education and Human Sciences as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and potentially other departments at KU. This provides the student an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in education as well as TESOL. 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.

Course Requirements


Please note: This is only a potential plan of study. Consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.

Additional requirements

  • Non-C&T elective courses: 15 credit hours

Graduate Admission

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited institution or a foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor’s degree requirements. International applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process well in advance of the application deadlines in order to ensure adequate time for processing of visa-related paperwork. Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

Application deadlines

March 1
Fall semester application deadline

Application Checklist


Applicants are required to submit the following materials and meet the following requirements before the application deadline:


  • Online application

    Complete through the KU Office of Graduate Admissions.

  • Transcripts

    One official copy of academic transcripts from each college or university attended.

  • English translation of transcripts

    Official transcripts from an international university must include an English translation in addition to an official transcript in the original language;

  • Resume or CV

  • Statement of goals

    1-2 page statement indicating how the program relates to future career goals;

  • Online letters of recommendation

    Names and email addresses of persons to be asked to complete letters of recommendation who can provide a thorough evaluation of one’s abilities at the graduate level;

  • Proof of English proficiency

    Non-native English speakers must demonstrate English proficiency with full proficiency scores.

  • Financial document (international students only)

    Required by U.S. government in order to issue the I-20 or DS-2019:

  • Application fee

    $65 for U.S. residents; $85 for international applicants.

Program Faculty

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Hyesun Cho
Associate Professor
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Lonna Summers Rocha
Associate Teaching Professor
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M'Balia Thomas
Associate Professor