Description of the Program
Changing national systems and global concerns in an increasingly interdependent world have resulted in a growing demand for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The Master of Arts program offered by La Salle University is unique in its practical approach to learning, interaction with other cultures, and the integration of community involvement.
The program offers advanced and up-to-date knowledge in ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language) methodologies, techniques, strategies, critical thinking, and teaching across the curriculum. It also includes the use of multimedia technology in the second language acquisition process as well as the application of multiple forms of assessment.
The program consists of 12 courses of three (3) credits per course, to be taken in a predetermined fashion. Therefore, a total of 36 credits are required to complete the M.A. in TESOL program. There are nine (9) required courses (27 credits) including a Practicum and Masters Project/Thesis, supplemented by three (3) elective courses (9 credits) to be selected from the menu of such courses offered at various times. With most courses being offered at convenient times in the evenings, attendance can be on a full-time or part-time basis.
The program has been designed to complement and expand upon the ESL certification requirements in Pennsylvania and other states.
Note: Students earning the M.A. in TESOL will also receive ESL certification in Pennsylvania—provided that the student meets state requirements.