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TESOL-Graduate Degree

As a result of Western Carolina University's program prioritization process, the M.A., M.A.T. and the M.A.Ed. in TESOL have been scheduled for discontinuation. If you have general concerns and questions, information can be found on the Program Prioritization webpage at or you can also contact the program director or the English Department at 828-227-7264.

Degrees Offered: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

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Program Description: The graduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares students for working with English language learners in a wide variety of learning contexts. Students enrolled in any of the three TESOL degrees complete 24 hours of required applied linguistics courses. They also complete other courses based on the specific degree in which they are enrolled. For information about specific courses, see program website.

Individuals who complete this program will leave with:

  • A solid grasp of the linguistic theory that supports English as a Second Language teaching.
  • Practical strategies and skills for working with English language learners in K-12 and adult contexts.
  • Foundational knowledge that will prove invaluable for further study in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics.

Locations of Course Offerings: Cullowhee and Biltmore Park.

Admission Requirements:

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • GRE General Exam
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Writing sample - Approximately 400 word document explaining why you are interested in obtaining a graduate TESOL degree.

Application Deadline: None

Prerequisites: None

Number of Graduate Faculty:  3

Number of Program Graduates: 51

Graduate Program Director:
Eleanor Petrone, Ph.D.
417 Coulter

Department of English



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