"I chose the WCU TESOL program because it prepares me to teach anywhere I want to be: the U.S.A., a third-world orphanage, a foreign university, or a developing country's school system."
- Galadriel LaVere, current TESOL student
The program leading to the M.A.T. in TESOL is open to students from any undergraduate major and, pending satisfactory completion of state-required licensure examinations, leads to licensure in TESOL.
The program requires a professional core of 15 hours (EDCI 604 or 605, 602, and 613; SPED 620; and PSY 621); 18 hours of teaching methods and clinical experiences (a general Methods course, EDCI 617; TESOL methods ENGL 616, 626, 627, 628, 656); and 9 hours of linguistics (ENGL 625, 615, 635).
The requirements of the program are as follows:
A. 9 required hours of linguistics:
1. Linguistic Perspectives: Sociolinguistics (ENGL 615)
2. Introduction to Linguistics (ENGL 625)
3. Grammatical Foundations (ENGL 635)
B. 15 required hours of TESOL methods:
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. 15 hours of Professional Core courses
1. Methods of Research (EDCI 602)
2. Curriculum Development (EDCI 604) or Foundations of Modern Education (EDCI 605)
3. The Teacher Leader (EDCI 613)
4. Advanced Educational Psychology (PSY 621)
5. Education in a Diverse Society (SPED 620)
D. 3 hours of a general Methods course
1. Methods and Practices for Teaching in Content Areas (EDCI 617)