Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

2 students, MA-TESOL, Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA-TESOL) program prepares you to cross cultural borders and engage students from around the world.

Whether you intend to teach in colleges, universities, or one of the various language institutes throughout the United States and abroad, SPU’s program gives you the preparation you need.

Program benefits

The MA-TESOL program seeks to prepare you for service and leadership in teaching English as an additional language by developing your professional competence and character.

The program is designed to engage you in both theory and practical application to prepare you for any job placement within the ESL community. Benefits include:

  • Low faculty/student ratio, ensuring close personal interaction with faculty.
  • Practica in college classrooms to ensure success and confidence in the classroom.
  • Strong emphasis on ethical and intercultural sensitivity.
  • Flexibility that includes year-round admission and late-afternoon and evening classes.
  • Opportunity to earn K–12 certification through SPU’s School of Education.

A master’s degree will provide you with the preparation you need for a wide variety of teaching or administrative positions. Working in an academic setting, especially at a college or university level, generally requires an MA-TESOL degree. Overseas, the MA-TESOL degree can be more attractive to employers because of rigorous educational requirements for employees.

News and events

CELEA conference comes to SPU

MA-TESOL faculty, Katya Nemtchinova, will chair the upcoming Christian English Language Educators Association (CELEA) conference March 21, 2017, here at Seattle Pacific University. The conference will coincide with the international TESOL convention in Seattle March 21–24.

Upcoming Information Sessions

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The school of teaching esl

Certificates, endorsement at S-TESL

SPU partners with the School of Teaching ESL (S-TESL), which offers post-bachelor certificates in TESOL and the Washington state ELL endorsement. S-TESL students may apply up to 12 graduate credits toward their future MA-TESOL degree at SPU.

Romina Plozza

Romina Plozza: Confidence to go out and teach

ESL instructor Romina Plozza explains how she identifies with her students, and what SPU’s MA-TESOL program did to prepare her for her teaching role.

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