TESOL Curriculum

The MA 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 Language Program Administration (LPA) and in International Education Management (IEM).

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 Classroom Observation (1)

Language Analysis (3)

Sociolinguistics (3)

Educational Research Methods (3)

Semester 2

Curriculum Design (3)

Structure of English (3)

Language Assessment (3)

Second Language Acquisition (4)

Electives (2-4)

Summer Options

Intensive language courses

Internships and summer teaching jobs

Semester 3

Practicum Capstone (3)

Applied Linguistics Capstone (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 Classroom Observation (1)

Language Analysis (3)

Sociolinguistics (3)

Educational Research Methods (3)

Semester 2

Curriculum Design (3)

Structure of English (3)

Language Assessment (3)

Electives (2-4)

Summer Options

Intensive language courses

Internships and summer teaching jobs

Semester 3

Applied Linguistics Research (2)

Second Language Acquisition (4)

Electives (1-4)

Semester 4

Practicum Capstone (3)

Applied Linguistics Capstone (2)

Electives (1-4)

TESOL Capstone Requirements

As part of the graduation requirements,students in the MIIS TESOL Program will complete a double Capstone as their exit mechanism. The Capstone, which includes an Applied Linguistics Capstone and a Practicum Capstone, provides a balance of the multiple foci of this unique program.

The Applied Linguistics Capstone is designed to help TESOL students refine their skills as applied linguistics professionals. Students will develop either a curriculum project, an empirical research report, or an assessment tool, using original data that they have collected and analyzed. This capstone also aims to encourage student reflection on their previous coursework, as well as explore and clarify their future plans for careers as language teaching professionals.

The Practicum Capstone combines reflective practice and professional development in preparing students for a career in language education. Students integrate theory, research, and conceptual foundations into a coherent and well-informed approach to planning and executing lessons. They also incorporate these three components when developing and deploying instructional materials and assessment instruments. Activities and products prepare students for entering the language teaching profession and performing admirably therein.