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 Graduate College

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)

Department of Languages and Literatures
1001 Bartlett Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0502

Head: Dr. Julie Husband
Phone: (319) 273-2855

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Joyce Milambiling
Phone: (319) 273-6099

Read the UNI Catalog description:

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Languages and Literatures for other application requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options, and requires aminimum of 33 semester hours for the non-thesis option, and 39 semester hours for the thesis option, which includes 6 hours of TESOL 6299 Research. The non-thesis option requires an approved research paper. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for either option.

Successful completion of a final written comprehensive examination is required forboth thesis and non-thesis options, as specified by the TESOL/Applied Linguistics faculty. Contact the TESOL Graduate Coordinator for details. 

Students are required to meet with their advisors for a program approval interview. Students should complete this interview during the first semester of their course work. The department may require a student to complete course work in addition to the minimum of 33 semester hours required for a master's degree. In such cases, these hours will be specified at the time of the interview.


LANG 4740/5740Approaches to Language Learning and Teaching3
TESOL/Applied Linguistics:
TESOL 4120/5120 (630:125g)Introduction to Linguistics3
or TESOL 4110/5110 (630:130g)The Structure of English
TESOL 4350/5350 (630:154g)Phonology3
TESOL 4540/5540 (630:160g)Sociolinguistics3
or TESOL 4520/5520 (630:163g)Cultural Aspects of Language and Language Teaching
TESOL 4340/5340 (630:192g)Problems In Eng Grammar3
TESOL 4760/5760 (630:194g)Principles and Practices in Language Teaching3
TESOL 6100 (630:201)Introduction to Graduate Study in TESOL/Applied Linguistics3
TESOL 6740 (630:240)Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)3
or TESOL 6760 (630:295)Language Testing
TESOL 6289 (630:289)Seminar in Language3
TESOL 6510 (630:292)Second Language Acquisition3
TESOL 6297 (630:297)TESOL Practicum3
Total Hours33

Students choosing the thesis option are required to complete 6 hours of TESOL 6299, which is added to the above required courses, as approved by the TESOL Graduate Coordinator. Students who have earned undergraduate credit for any of the required courses select electives in TESOL/Applied Linguistics, with the advice and approval of the TESOL Graduate Coordinator, to complete the required minimum total of 33 hours.

Native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in another language by earning at least a C grade in a second-semester, college-level course or by passing a specially designed examination. International students must have achieved a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (paper-based)/250 (computer-based), or the IELTS equivalent, in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. An international student may be required to take additional English language improvement courses at the discretion of the TESOL/Applied Linguistics faculty. Work taken to satisfy the language proficiency requirement does not count toward the 33 semester hours required to complete the major program.

Students who wish state licensure to teach should request information concerning licensure requirements from the Director of Teacher Education, University of Northern Iowa, or from the Department of Education in the state in which they plan to teach.