Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a 37-unit program that can be completed in three or four semesters. The course work prepares graduates to be leaders in language education and English as a second language (ESL) teaching.

Duration Start Dates Accelerated Programs Credits Thesis or Practicum Language Competency Program Chair
Three or four semesters, full time August or January Three Semesters 37 Practicum and applied linguistics capstone Recommended Lynn Goldstein, PhD

Sample course schedule »


Core Course Work

Our professional curriculum emphasizes the integration of pedagogy and practice, as well as related theories and research. You will gain skills and expertise through the practical application of theory with such activities as designing curricula and materials, developing language tests, conducting research projects, and teaching language classes. The course work is centered on these areas of focus:

1. Linguistics:

You will examine the ways in which knowledge about languages—and how languages are structured, used, and learned—influences your teaching and classroom practices.  

2. Pedagogy:

You will consider your language learners’ goals and explore how various pedagogical practices can enhance their learning. You will use this knowledge as you create language curricula and lessons designed to maximize your effectiveness in the classroom.      

3. Research and Assessment:

You will study research and assessment practices relevant to the language teaching field to explore the ways in which research studies and assessment tools are designed and conducted—and the ways in which research and assessments influence your classroom practices. You will also learn how to design research studies and assessment tools so you can more closely examine issues of direct concern and relevance to you and your students.

4. Capstone:

You will strengthen your expertise through a double capstone, including an applied linguistics capstone and a practicum capstone, which provides a balance of the multiple foci of this program.

  • The Applied Linguistics Capstone helps students refine their skills as applied linguistics professionals. Students will develop 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 the students’ reflection on their previous course work as well as exploration and clarification of 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 using instructional materials and assessment instruments. Activities and products prepare students for successful entrance into the language teaching profession.



Students can choose to add a specialization to the degree course work. Students pursuing a specialization will incur additional costs and an additional semester. Specializations include:

  • Language Program Administration
    Add a 17-credit specialization in Language Program Administration to gain professional skills such as developing budgets and monitoring expenses, training teachers and aides, and evaluating program effectiveness.
  • Teaching Foreign Language (TFL)
    Add a 17-credit specialization in Teaching Foreign Language (TFL) to provide broader professional expertise and additional career avenues.
  • International Education Management
  • Intercultural Competence
    The 16-credit Intercultural Competence (ICC) specialization equips students with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes to expertly lead and train multicultural teams, to sensitively interact with diverse stakeholders, to create effective ICC assessments and training materials, and to meet the challenges of working and interacting in intercultural settings.


Program Options

In addition to the four-semester TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program, you can also choose from the following options:

  • Advanced (3 Semesters) Degree
    We offer a 30-unit, three-semester program to students who have completed previous TESOL course work. Students in this track work with faculty and their advisor to design their program based upon previous course work.


Sample Course Schedule*

Fall Start, Full Time, Three Semesters

Fall 1



Principles and Practices of Language Teaching 3
Introduction to Classroom Observation 1
Language Analysis 3
Sociolinguistics 3
Educational Research Methods 3
Electives 2
Spring 1
15 Credits
Curriculum Design 3
Structure of English 3
Language Assessment 3
Second Language Acquisition 4
Electives 2
Fall 2 7 Credits
Applied Linguistics Research 2
Practicum Capstone 3
Applied Linguistics Capstone 2


*This is a sample degree schedule. Individual student degree schedules will vary. All curricula are subject to revision and change.