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.
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:
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.
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.)
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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.