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Graduate Bulletin

CITE/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), M.S.Ed.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: April 1                                    [December 15 for international applicants]

Spring: October 1                                 [August 1 for international applicants]

Applications are processed together after the deadline date.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom:  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.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

While a baccalaureate degree is required, it need not be in the discipline.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals 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.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required.  It is expected that the scores will generally be at or above the 50th percentile.

Non-native speakers of English are also required to submit TOEFL scores. Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


Not required.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate:  30

Required Courses:

Core Courses (18 s.h.)

TESOL 610: Applied Language Study I

TESOL 612: Applied Language Study II

TESOL 614: Approaches to Teaching English Language Learners

TESOL 616: Curriculum and Assessment in TESOL

TESOL 618: Second Language Acquisition

TESOL 620: Contexts for Teaching and Learning Language

Electives (12 s.h.) are determined in consultation with a faculty advisor.


Language Examination:

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

In order to take the comprehensive exam, the student must remain in good academic standing.  Thus, the student cannot accumulate more than two grades below B- or one F and must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.


Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education (CITE)
361 Ritter Hall (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19122


Department Contacts:


Gwen Miller



Program Coordinators:

Dr. Aneta Pavlenko

Coordinator of the TESOL Program




Dr. Jill Swavely-Gardner

Coordinator of the ESL Certificate Program



Graduate Chairperson:



Dr. Thomas J. Walker



About the Program

The M.S. Ed. with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) is viewed as a master teacher program providing teachers with an opportunity for advanced study.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Some elective courses are offered at the Ambler, Harrisburg, and Center City campuses.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester) through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

Department Information:

Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education (CITE)
361 Ritter Hall (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19122


Interdisciplinary Study:



Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



The College of Education was ranked 15th in the nation in a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate schools.


This degree program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Areas of Specialization:


Job Placement:



Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the degree program.

Financing Opportunities

Although some limited funding opportunities are available, assistantships are generally offered to doctoral-level students.

Updated 6.2.06