Teaching English as a Second Language
- Admission requirements
- Program details
- Course descriptions
Dr. Jim Robinson
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.
- 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 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.
- 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
- The federal government is sponsoring a TEACH Grant program for up to $4,000 a year for graduate students seeking to become TESL educators.
- To explore this opportunity visit SCSU's Financial Aid Office Web site at: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/financialaid/grants.asp.
- Access additional details from the federal government at: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp.
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.