The TESOL MA program endeavors to prepare educators to be both informed practitioners and effective researchers by providing a pedagogically and theoretically sound knowledge base and by encouraging respect for differences in language, culture, belief systems, and values.
The TESOL Program prepares teachers for a variety of classroom situations in English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) settings, in elementary through adult instructional contexts, both in the United States and abroad. It is committed to providing a broad knowledge base in the following areas: linguistics, first and second language acquisition processes, social and cultural factors in second language learning, current theories and methods of second language teaching, testing and evaluation, research design and statistics, discourse analysis, and curriculum and materials design. Faculty and students accomplish this mission through collaborative efforts, locally, nationally, and internationally and through excellence in teaching, research, and professional service. The TESOL Program also provides educators with a research knowledge base that aids them in becoming effective consumers of research and prepares those who are interested to pursue advanced training in Applied Linguistics. A brief summary of each major area is presented below.