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  • Master of Arts in TESOL

    The Master of Arts in TESOL is designed for those seeking to expand their knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching English to speakers of other languages ( TESOL). Based upon national standards for ESL teacher education programs, the program balances research and theory with practice teaching. Through coursework and a thesis or project, candidates are prepared to do advanced work in TESOL if they so choose. By passing one additional course, Content Area Reading and Writing (EDU 518) and the Praxis II exams, candidates may qualify for the TESOL Multi-Age License in Ohio.

    Candidates seeking licensure only must meet all requirements for licensure (36 semester credits); complete a minimum of five courses at ODU, including TSL 500, 540, 560 and 590L; and pass the Praxis II exams.

    Holders of teaching certificates or licenses who wish to earn TESOL endorsement must complete a minimum of twelve credits at ODU, including TSL 500 and TSL 590E, and pass the Praxis II exams.
     

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    Admission

    Admission policies and procedures for all graduate academic programs of Ohio Dominican University are the responsibility of the Graduate Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee (GCAP). Admission to the program is the decision of the Program Director and the Master of Education Graduate Admissions Committee who review and evaluate all applications. In the case of applicants who do not satisfy the general requirements for admission to the program, the program faculty will decide on the merit of such cases. In addition to the following requirements, at least one year of foreign language study in higher education is recommended.  

    Admission requirements: 

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. 
    • An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in undergraduate work. 
    • Official transcripts from every institution of higher learning attended. 
    • Three letters of recommendation that address the applicant's ability to do graduate level work in TESOL, at least one of which must be from an academic. 
    • A two- to three-page (500-750 words) essay that addresses the applicant's personal, academic, and vocational history; career goals; and reasons for applying to the program. 
    • For applicants whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 213 (CBT). These scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Ohio Dominican University (ODU), whose ETS institutional code is 1131. Official results of other internationally recognized tests of English language proficiency (MELAB, IELTS, etc.) may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL results. 
    • International Students: Documentation authorized by a bank official showing how the applicant's education will be financed. Additional costs for transcript evaluation may be incurred.

    Graduation Requirements

     

    • Candidates must complete all TSL courses listed below (36 semester hours) with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. No more than two grades of C may be earned. The repeat of a third C is permitted once. 
    • All candidates must take TSL 500 - TESOL Foundations and TSL 590E - TESOL Practicum or TSL 590L Student Teaching at Ohio Dominican University. 
    • Candidates must complete the program within seven (7) years of acceptance.

    Curriculum for the Master of Arts in TESOL

    The Master of Arts in TESOL provides candidates with a firm foundation in TESOL history, principles, and practices as well as research methods and professional development. Candidates who complete the program will be well prepared to enter programs of advanced study in TESOL, become active participants in regional and national TESOL organizations, and address issues that affect learners of English in the classroom and the community. Furthermore, because every course requires writing and research, culminating in a research project or thesis, the program enables students to make important contributions to English teaching and learning communities. Building upon Ohio Dominican University's tradition of teaching excellence, as well as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for P-12 ESL teacher education, the program assists interested students in acquiring the TESOL Multi-Age License or Endorsement in Ohio.

     


    Requirements for a Master of Arts in TESOL   

    Courses Credits
    TSL 500 TESOL Foundations 3
    TSL 510 Descriptive Linguistics 3
    TSL 520 Language Acquisition and Development 3
    TSL 530 The English Language 3
    TSL 540 Cultural Diversity and Education 3
    TSL 550 Research Methods in TESOL 3
    TSL 560 Instructional Methods in TESOL 3
    TSL 570 Resources for ESOL & Content Instruction 3
    TSL 580 Assessment of ESOL Learners 3
    TSL 590E TESOL Practicum ot TSL 590L Student Teaching 3 or 9
    TSL 600 Research Project 3
    TSL 699 Graduate Thesis (Optional) 3-6
    EDU 518 Content Area Reading and Writing (for TESOL Licensure)   3

     
     


    Requirements for a TESOL Endorsement (Pre-K - 12)

    In accordance with the requirements for holders of teaching certificates or licenses seeking additional licensure, a student who wishes to earn TESOL endorsement at ODU must complete a minimum of twelve credits at ODU including TSL 500 and TSL 590. Admission requirements are the same as for the Master of Arts. (See "Teacher Licensure" for further requirements.)  

     

    Courses Credits
    TSL 500 TESOL Foundations 3
    TSL 520 Language Acquisition and Development                                  3
    TSL 530 The English Language 3
    TSL 540 Cultural Diversity and Education 3
    TSL 560 Instructional Methods in TESOL 3
    TSL 580 Assessment of ESOL Learners 3
    TSL 590E TESOL Practicum 3
       
    Total Credits Required 21

     

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    Requirements for a TESOL Multi-Age Licensure ONLY

    Students seeking to qualify for the TESOL Multi-Age Licensure only (without earning the Master of Arts degree) must complete the following courses. Transfer credit may be accepted, but at least three courses, including TSL 500 and TSL 590, must be taken at ODU. Before applying to a license, the student must pass the appropriate Praxis II examinations. Admission requirements are the same as for the Master of Arts.

     

    Courses Credits
    TSL 500 TESOL Foundations 3
    TSL 510 Descriptive Linguistics 3
    TSL 520 Language Acquisition and Development                                  3
    TSL 530 The English Language 3
    TSL 540 Cultural Diversity and Education 3
    TSL 560 Instructional Methods in TESOL 3
    TSL 570 Resources for ESOL and Content Instruction 3
    TSL 580 Assessment of ESOL Learners 3
    TSL 590L Student Teaching 9
    EDI 518 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
       
    Total Credits Required 36


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