Ideal Course Schedules

TESL Master's Program

For the TESL MA, several considerations are important in determining an ideal schedule:  e. g. prior course work and current and prior teaching experience.

Ideally, the following course sequence would be one way to complete the program:

  1. English 361, if this pre-requisite has not been completed previously;
  2. English 663 or 664 to continue with the linguistics foundation courses;
  3. English 661 or 671 for a theoretic foundation;
  4. English 662 for practical teaching applications;
  5. And then a wide variety of courses:
    1. English 666 for a foundation in sociolinguistics;
    2. English 667 for important perspectives on assessment, evaluation and testing;
    3. English 668 for a specialized course in classroom ethnography;
    4. English 670 for a specialized course in vocabulary acquisition;
    5. English 673 for socio-cultural foundations; or
    6. ED 601 for critical foundations.
  6. English 607 to prepare your thesis proposal; and
  7. English 699, your thesis credits.

At the same, we have discovered that students are able to synthesize the material from the course work from more than one sequence and so this ideal course sequence should be taken more as a guide than as a requirement.

In particular, for example, if you are teaching ESL with a variance in a Minnesota elementary or secondary school, you may see a need to take English 662 first, as you need to know practical teaching as soon as possible.  The same may be true for individuals teaching in English Institutes in countries such as Korea.

For more information email the TESL Director, Jim Robinson at:

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