Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Master of Arts (MA)

Slippery Rock University’s MA TESOL is designed to prepare graduates for careers at home and abroad in working with adult English language learners.  TESOL jobs in higher education, community college and non-profit literacy, global/multicultural corporate communications, and instructional media and materials development and publishing contexts all require the linguistic and acculturation expertise offered by our program.  Our challenging, quality, and interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on understanding our interconnected world and the acquisition of English as a new language for adults who need language and cultural proficiency to advance their own professional and life goals.  MA TESOL graduates are also well equipped to progress to doctoral level study in related fields.

Related Links

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MA Program Page

Modern Languages and Cultures Department Page

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

Core TESOL Courses
COMM 617Intercultural Communication3
ENGL 620Linguistics and Writing3
MODL 602Principles of Language Learning and Teaching3
MODL 604Methods of TESOL3
MODL 606Second Language Acquisition3
MODL 608Grammar for TESOL3
MODL 612Sociolinguistics3
MODL 699Practicum in TESOL3
General or Experiential Tracks
Select one of the following tracks:6-9
Experiential Track
Select one elective and one end project
General Track
Select three electives
Total Hours30-33


MODL 590Experimental1-3
MODL 595Workshop1-6
MODL 598Selected Topics1-3
MODL 614Computer Assisted Language Learning3
MODL 616Language Testing and Assessment3
MODL 690Experimental1-3
MODL 695Workshop1-6
MODL 698Selected Topics1-3
MODL 700Independent Study1-3
ELEC 608Historical, Psychological & Linguistic Foundations of Literacy3
ELEC 614Foundations of Instructional Coaching3
ENGL 602Rhetoric Theory3
ENGL 642Digital Writing and Publishing3
SEFE 607The Theories and Teaching of English Language Learners3
SEFE 679Psychology of Learning and Instruction for Diverse Learners3

End Projects for Experiential Track

MODL 750Internship3
MODL 799Capstone TESOL Project3
MODL 800Thesis3

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Major Code: 9TES

Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MODL 602 Principles of Language Learning and Teaching 3
MODL 612 Sociolinguistics 3
MODL 699 Practicum in TESOL 3
End Project via Individualized Instruction: 1
Capstone TESOL Project  
Electives offered by other departments (ELEC, ENGL, SEFE) 3
MODL 604 Methods of TESOL 3
MODL 606 Second Language Acquisition 3
MODL 608 Grammar for TESOL 3
ENGL 620 Linguistics and Writing 3
End Project via Individualized Instruction: 1
Capstone TESOL Project  
COMM 617 Intercultural Communication 3
End Project via Individualized Instruction: 1
Capstone TESOL Project  
Electives offered by other departments (ELEC, ENGL, SEFE) 3
 Total Hours**33

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.