Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate:  31

Required Courses:

Core Courses
TESL 5611Applied Language Study I: Assessment of English Learners' Language and Literacy Development3
TESL 5612Applied Language Study II3
TESL 5614Approaches to Teaching English Language Learners3
TESL 5616Teaching Second/Foreign Language Skills: Curriculum and Assessment in TESOL3
TESL 5618Second Language Acquisition3
TESL 5621Contexts for Teaching and Learning Language3
TESOL Electives6
Select a minimum of two TESOL electives from these approved courses: 1
ENES 8654
Issues in Eng Ed-S
ENES 8734
Discourse Analysis Tchrs
ENES 8744
Current Issues Lang Educ
TESL 8625
Applied Linguistics
TESL 8626
Second Language Writing
TESL 8634
Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
TESL 8635
Educating English Language Learners: State of Knowledge
TESL 8636
Assessment of English Language Learners
TESL 8643
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
TESL 8644
Current Issues in Applied Linguistics
Non-TESOL Electives 26
Non-Didactic Course
EDUC 9993Master’s Comprehensive Examination1
Total Credit Hours31

With advisor approval, other appropriate courses may be taken. Students may also choose to take more than two TESOL electives, thus requiring fewer non-TESOL electives.


To fulfill this requirement, courses may be taken either within the College of Education or in other schools/colleges at Temple University. Non-TESOL electives are recommended to be taken in, but are not limited to, such fields as Anthropology, Educational Media, Educational Sociology, English, Foreign Language Education, Linguistics, Literacy, Secondary Education, and Urban Education.

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.

Clearance Requirements

Students enrolled in courses that require fieldwork or internships must submit updated child abuse, criminal and drug clearances every year. Learn more about submitting clearance requirements.