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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

Spring: October 1

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

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.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate:  30

Required Courses:

Core Courses (18 s.h.)

TESOL 8611: Applied Language Study I

TESOL 8612: Applied Language Study II

TESOL 8614: Approaches to Teaching English Language Learners

TESOL 8616: Curriculum and Assessment in TESOL

TESOL 8618: Second Language Acquisition

TESOL 8621: Contexts for Teaching and Learning Language

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

View all COURSE OFFERINGS in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Internship:   No internship is required.

Language Examination:  No language examination is required.

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.

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:

Yasko Kanno

Coordinator of the TESOL M.S.Ed. Program




Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Catherine Schifter



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:


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:



Not applicable.


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

Areas of Specialization:

Not applicable.

Job Placement:

To be determined.


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 01.13.09