How to Apply - Master's Program
Candidates must meet the general admission standards of the College of Education and the Graduate School. Multiple criteria are used to determine applicant eligibility, including a baseline undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0. Applicants must take either the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Non-native speakers of English must also obtain a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL (iBT) exam.
- October 1 for spring admission.
- April 1 for fall admission.
Students are allowed to take up to 9 semester hours prior to official acceptance in the program. In addition, up to 6 semester hours of graduate credit can be transferred into the program from another university provided they are recent, relevant, fit into the program requirements, and meet the approval of the advisor. A “B” grade or higher is required in any course considered for transfer credit.
Submitted Application Must Include:
- A completed Graduate School Online Application
Note: When creating your application, select Application Type = "CITE MSEd Programs" and under "Planned Course of Study" select the "Teaching English as Second Language" concentration.
- Scores on either the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Exam taken no longer than 5 years prior to application.
- TOEFL examinations scores for non-native speakers of English taken within the past 2 years.
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities attended.
- Three (3) professional letters of recommendation [pdf]: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from former and current professors who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities and talents and can comment on the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study. If already working in the field, the applicant may include letters from professional colleagues
- A professional goal statement. The goal statement should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should indicate your goals and objectives for obtaining a master's degree in TESOL. The statement should also include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple’s program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.
- A professional resume.
Students Wishing to Continue from the ESL Certificate Program
Admission to the Master’s program for ESL Certificate Program students is not automatic; ESL Certificate Program students who wish to continue on with the Master’s program must formally apply in order to be considered for admission. Interested students should contact Dr. Kanno early while in the ESL Certificate Program. ESL Certificate Program students are waived the GRE/MAT requirement if they meet both of the following conditions:
- They have earned at least two As in the ESL Certificate Program.
- Their GPA in the ESL Certificate Program is at least –A.
If admitted to the Master’s program, ESL Certificate completers may transfer up to 12 credits towards their Master’s degree.
International Applicants from Our Affiliated Program in Korea
We are in partnership with the Sookmyung TESOL Program and the Hangyang-Oregon TESOL Program in Korea. Applicants who have completed either of these programs are waived the GRE/MAT requirement when they apply (they are required to submit their TOEFL score). Also, upon admission, they can transfer up to 12 credits from their Korean TESOL program to our Master’s program.
Students are allowed to take up to 9 semester hours (3 courses) prior to official acceptance in the program. In addition, up to 6 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred into the program from another university provided they are recent, relevant, fit into the program requirements, and meet the approval of the program advisor. A “B” grade or higher is required in any course considered for transfer credit.
Submitting Your Materials
See the Application Checklist for complete details on how to submit your application materials. Required supplemental materials should be sent attention to:
Graduate Programs Office
Attn. Application Processing
Temple University - College of Education
150 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
Please allow delivery and processing time before your application will be reviewed. For faster service, the College of Education at Temple University also receives supporting application materials for graduate admissions electronically via the Interfolio service.
It is the student's responsibility to see that everything is completed by the deadline date.
Deadline for Application:
- For fall admission: April 1
- For spring admission: October 1
We strongly encourage applicants to apply early and to periodically check TUPortal (Self-Service Banner) as to the status of their materials.