TESOL Curriculum Requirements

The MA TESOL DegreeMA TESOL Degree can be completed in an intensive three-semester program. Students can also extend their program to four semesters in order to take advantage of elective courses and specializations in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Language Program Administration (LPA).

Three Semester Option

Click on the links in the table below to view course descriptions from the Monterey Institute's course catalog.

Semester 1

Principles & Practices of Language Teaching (3)

Introduction to Observation (1)

Language Analysis (3)

Sociolinguistics (3)

Educational Research (3)

Semester 2

Curriculum Design (3)

Structure of English (3)

Language Assessment (3)

Second Language Acquisition (4)

Electives (2-4)

Summer Option

Some TESOL classes may be offered

Intensive language courses

Internships and summer teaching jobs

Semester 3

Practicum (3)

Portfolio Preparation (2)

Applied Linguistics Research (2)

Electives (2-4)

Four Semester Option

Click on the links in the table below to view course descriptions from the Monterey Institute's course catalog.

Semester 1

Principles & Practices of Language Teaching (3)

Introduction to Observation (1)

Language Analysis (3)

Sociolinguistics (3)

Educational Research (3)

Semester 2

Curriculum Design (3)

Structure of English (3)

Second Language Acquisition (4)

Electives (2-4)

Semester 3

Applied Linguistics Research (2)

Language Assessment (3)

Electives (1-4)

Semester 4

Practicum (3)

Portfolio Preparation (2)

Electives (1-4)

TESOL Portfolio Requirements

As part of the graduation requirements, students create a Program Portfolio of their work to demonstrate their professional skills and knowledge. This Portfolio is a collection of work selected and organized by the student to represent the student's learning (reading, thinking, research, teaching, and writing) during the program.

The Portfolio requires revision of selected academic products, along with reflection on the learning involved. The integrative process of the Portfolio allows students to explore relationships among theory, research and practice, and among various aspects of the language education field.

In its final form, the Program Portfolio is an authentic representation of the student's academic labors and professional preparation. The Program Portfolio may be developed into a professional portfolio, representing the student's qualifications, skills, knowledge and views relevant to a career in language education.