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.
The MA-TESOL program seeks to prepare students for service and leadership in teaching English as an additional language by developing their professional competence and character within a framework of Christian faith and values.
The program is designed to engage students in both theory and practical application to prepare them 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 a K-12 Certification through SPU’s School of Education
A master’s degree will provide students with the preparation they 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.
There are two options to choose from 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.
Jill Bauer is a recent graduate of the MA-TESOL program. Read her story and the stories of other graduates.
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News and Announcements
The MA-TESOL program is excited to announce the addition of adjunct faculty member Eli Hinkel. Professor Hinkel has recently taught at Seattle University and has published numerous books on second language teaching. A sought-after speaker she has been a keynote speaker for the international TESOL convention and lectured at universities all over the world. Professor Hinkel will be teaching Special Topics in Research Methods in autumn quarter, Teaching ESL Reading in winter quarter and Second Language Acquisition in spring quarter.
We would also like to welcome adjunct faculty member Amelie Roberge. Amelie is a former MA-TESOL student who currently teaches at Bellevue College. She will be teaching Testing and Curriculum Development this autumn quarter.
MA-TESOL adjunct professor Dr. Christian Stuart will be leaving our program in the fall to be a full-time assistant professor and director of the Intensive English Program at Andrews University in Michigan. It is a wonderful opportunity for him and we wish him the best in this new endeavor.
The School of Teaching English
Seattle Pacific University has a partnership with the School of Teaching ESL (S-TESL) . S-TESL 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.
The Peace Corps will hold an information on teaching ESL overseas at the School of Teaching ESL on September 29th from 6-7 pm. The S-TESL office is located at 9620 Stone Ave. N. Call 781-8607 for more information.
The next S-TESL/MA-TESOL information session at Seattle Pacific University will be held on October 21st from 12- 1 pm in Weter Hall room 202. We will also hold an info session at the University of Washington on October 14th from 12- 1 pm in Thomson Hall. Call 206-281-2670 for more information.
Office: 229 Marston Hall