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Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Courses

Southwest Minnesota State University is offering a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). The TESL emphasis is also available as a licensure if you are not looking for a full master's degree. For a licensure in TESL you can take the 27 credits from the TESL emphasis without taking the core education courses required for a master's degree.

This emphasis will prepare teachers to meet the state requirements for ESL instruction. The emphasis will increase knowledge and skills in research-based practices for working with English-language learners. The program contains 30 total credits, including 8 three-credit classes and a 3 credit practicum. This program will lead to a K-12 ESL license in Minnesota.

The TESL emphasis is offered as a blended program utilizing both on-campus and online learning. 


CORE COURSES (36 Credits)

ED 622: Research in Education 3cr.
ED 623: Professional Planning & Assessment 2cr.
ED 624: Research Project Design 3cr.
ED 625: 21st Century Brain-Based Teaching & Learning 3cr.
ED 627: Research Project Implementation 2cr.
ED 632: Linking Pedagogy & Content 3cr.
ED 635: Content & Curriculum Development 3cr.
Total 19 Credits


Choose 15 credits from the following 7 courses:
ED 502: Early Literacy and Linguistics & LAB - 3cr. 
TESL 531: Foundations of TESL & LAB - 3cr.
TESL 532: Understanding Second Language Acquisition - 3cr.
TESL 533: Assessment in TESL - 3cr.
TESL 547: Teaching of Literacy - 3cr. 
TESL 534: Second Language Literacy & Linguistics - 3cr. 
TESL 535: TESL Methods & LAB - 3cr. TESL 536 TESL Partnerships - 3cr. 

*ED 537 TESL Practicum/Student Teaching – required for the TESL license, not an elective for the Master’s Degree - 3cr

For more information on the curriculum please check out the course descriptions located in the academic catalog.

For further insight into when courses are available and suggested to be taken, please check the TESL emphasis advising sheet & TESL Licensure advising sheet

To learn more about the application and financial aid process visit frequently asked questions. 

Last Modified: 5/4/21 11:48 AM