Teaching English as a Second Language

Other Information

Graduate Catalog: ENGL

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: English

Graduate Director:
Dr. Jim Robinson

Program Overview

The master's degree in English is appropriate for teaching English as a second language.

  • MA is available on campus or completely online. Details for the online program are found at the English Department & through The Center For Continuing Studies.
  • The Master of Arts, TESL emphasis can be taken independently or in conjunction with K-12 licensure for the State of Minnesota. 

ESL Licensure is a K-12 teaching license.

  • The TESL licensure program is available on-campus.
  • The licensure program can also be completed through online courses coordinated by The Center for Continuing Studies at 320-308-3081.
  • Graduate students may qualify for K-12 licensure in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) in the state of Minnesota by completing an appropriate education block (including student teaching) plus the following courses.

Admission Information

  • Admission decisions are made throughout the year as completed application files are received. Students may be admitted for fall, spring and summer terms.
  • Be in graduate standing through completion of a special student application to be eligible for the licensure program.

Online Eligibility

  • Students wishing to enroll in the online TESL program can take courses from almost anywhere in the world.
  • Students from other countries can pursue online programs while in their home country or while in the U.S. on a visa type other than F-1 and J-1.
  • Students with F-1 or J-1 visa in the United States are not eligible to enroll in online academic programs at SCSU due to requirements set by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • For more information visit: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/english/masters/default.asp.

TEACH Grant Program

Length of Program - Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: six semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: four semesters taking nine credits per semester.
  • These programs are designed for both full-time and part-time students.
  • Full-time students must expect to complete much of their course load in evening classes.
  • Graduate courses are also offered in summer school, but a student cannot be assured of completing degree requirements solely with summer school work.
  • The TESL program offers approximately seven courses online each semester allowing a student to complete an on-line program.

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • The Intensive English Center offers ten assistantships.
  • Five to nine graduate assistantships are offered to instruct ESL courses.