Program Requirements

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

Required Courses:

Core Courses
TESL 5611Applied Language Study I: Phonology and the Lexicon3
TESL 5612Applied Language Study II: Grammar, Morphology and Classroom Discourse3
TESL 5613Multilingual Students' Literacy Development3
TESL 5614Current Approaches to Teaching English Language Learners3
TESL 5616Designing Assessment and Curriculum for Multilingual Students3
TESL 5618Second Language Development3
TESL 5687Practicum for Teaching English Language Learners3
TESOL Electives
Select two from the following: 16
TESL 5615
Teaching English in a Global Context
TESL 5621
Contexts for Teaching and Learning Language
TESL 8625
Applied Linguistics
TESL 8626
Second Language Writing
TESL 8634
Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
TESL 8636
Assessment of English Language Learners
TESL 8643
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
TESL 8644
Current Issues in Applied Linguistics
Non-TESOL Elective 23
Research Course
EDUC 9993Master’s Comprehensive Examination1
Total Credit Hours31

With advisor approval, other appropriate courses may be taken. Students may also choose to take a third TESOL elective, thus requiring no non-TESOL elective.


To fulfill this requirement, a course may be taken either within the College of Education and Human Development or in another Temple University school or college. 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 Event:
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.