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MA-TESOL textbook at Seattle Pacific University

Choose from two options in the MA-TESOL program at Seattle Pacific University — the standard MA-TESOL degree and the MA-TESOL K–12 degree. Both focus on developing competence, character, and leadership in educators.

MA-TESOL (Standard Degree)

The MA-TESOL program is rooted in a four-strand approach: academic preparation, pedagogy, practica, and electives. The 3-credit courses generally meet once a week for three hours, Monday through Thursday. The complete program is 54 credits and must be completed within six years.

  • Most MA-TESOL courses are offered evenings, 4:30–7:05 p.m. You may attend full-time or part-time, which enables you to maintain employment and deal with other obligations.
  • Consult the current Graduate Catalog for the latest program summary.
  • View this detailed course listing of degree requirements.
  • Suggested curriculum paradigms: seven quarters  |  10 quarters

MA-TESOL (With K–12 Certification)

If you also seek K–12 teacher certification, you’ll take courses (27 credits) drawn from SPU’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) curriculum instead of the electives/practicum in the regular MA-TESOL program. Required courses from the MAT program include:

  • EDU 6120 American Education: Past and Present (3)
  • EDU 6132 Learners in Context (3)
  • EDU 6139 Internship Seminar (2)
  • EDU 6918 Introduction to Teaching (2)

The two-quarter TESOL Teaching Practicum will be replaced by the MAT Field Experience Element which includes:

  • EDU 6942 September Experience (2)
  • EDU 6949 TESOL Internship (12)
  • EDU 6989 Field Experience/Issues (3)

As a student in the MAT certification track, you may also substitute EDU 6085 (Moral Issues in Education) for TESL 6070 (Comparative Religion). All other MA-TESOL requirements (42 credits) remain the same.

  • Finally, if you select the MAT track you must meet the School of Education’s admission requirements for the program, including successful results on the WEST-B and WEST-E skills measurement tests and a personal interview with the MAT faculty.
  • Applications for the MA-TESOL plus K–12 Certification program are only accepted for Autumn Quarter, with an application deadline of March 15.
  • Consult the current Graduate Catalog for the latest program summary.
  • View a detailed course listing of degree requirements.
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