Intensive English Program

TESOL Program Information

Connie Hanna

“I didn’t have any thought of working toward this degree when I took the first few courses. But the subject matter captured me. My greatest surprise was finding so much joy in becoming a student again with a life’s worth of experience to bring to the task. And now I’m using the knowledge and my degree in a new job -- developing an Intensive English Program at Western Carolina University.”

- Connie Hanna, TESOL Alumnus and Director of WCU I.E.P.

M.A.Ed with a TESOL concentration

The M.A.Ed program in TESOL caters to those students who are currently licensed and teach within the public school system, and who now seek a graduate degree in teaching ESL. The M.A.Ed TESOL degree at WCU is similar in structure to those at other universities.

It is a 36-credit hour degree, with 12 hours of professional core courses; 15 hours of teaching methods and clinical experiences (TESOL methods ENGL 616, 626, 627, 628, 656); and 9 hours of linguistics (ENGL 615, 625, 635).  

The requirements of the program are as follows:

A. 9 hours of linguistics courses:

1. Linguistic Perspectives: Sociolingusitics (ENGL 615)

2. Introduction to Linguistics (ENGL 625)

3. Grammatical Foundations (ENGL 635)

B. 15 hours of TESOL methods and clinical experiences:

1. Foundations of ESL and Language Learning (ENGL 616)

2. ESL Methods and Materials Development: Listening and Speaking (ENGL 626)

3. ESL Methods and Materials Development: Reading and Writing (ENGL 627)

4. ESL Curriculum and Program Administration (ENGL 628)

5. TESOL Practicum (ENGL 683)

C. 12 hours of Professional Core courses:

1. Methods of Research (EDCI 602)

2. The Teacher Leader (EDCI 613)

3. Advanced Educational Psychology (PSY 621)

4. Education in a Diverse Society (SPED 620)


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