Admission Overview

MA-TESOL Program - Application Deadlines

The MA-TESOL Program at SPU offers year-round admissions, allowing students to begin the program any quarter. Please note that the MA-TESOL K-12 program has a March 15 deadline for Autumn admission only.

 

  Quarter Application Deadline
MA-TESOL + K-12 Certification Autumn only March 15
MA-TESOL Autumn August 1
MA-TESOL Winter December 1
MA-TESOL Spring March 1
MA-TESOL Summer May 1

 

Process

An admission file is created for each applicant who submits an online application (please note: the MA-TESOL program is in the College of Arts & Sciences).  All supporting documents should be mailed to the Graduate Center.  When the application file is complete, it is sent to the MA-TESOL department for review.  Applicants should expect to be notified of the admission decision within two weeks of the completion of their application file.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites include proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to at least one year's study at the college level and one or more basic courses in linguistic theory. With approval of the program director, these courses may be taken concurrently with the master's coursework.

Students wishing to apply coursework completed prior to application must provide applicable transcript data; students may transfer up to twelve comparable graduate credits into the SPU program.

Admission Requirements for the standard MA-TESOL Program

  • Proof of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or its equivalent.
  • Letters of recommendation from at least two persons. The letters submitted must come from unrelated individuals familiar with the applicant's intended field of study.
  • Official copies of transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended, including the institution which granted your bachelor's degree. To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Transcripts may be delivered to the Graduate Center in person as long as they remain in their original, unopened university envelope.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) in the last 45 quarter credits of coursework completed before applying for admission or in all undergraduate work, whichever is higher.
  • GRE score of at least 155 on the verbal portion of the exam (500 on exams taken prior to August 1, 2011) and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion, or a MAT score of at least 400.  The GRE and MAT are waived for non-native English speakers (see below).
  • Personal statement essay
  • Resume

Non-native English speakers

  • TOEFL score of at least 100 on the iBT or 600 on the paper-based test (the TOEFL replaces the GRE or MAT in this case).  We do not accept the IELTS exam.  Note: Both the TOEFL score and the Personal Statement Essay are considered when determining English proficiency. 

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

  • Declaration of International Student Finances form and current bank statement reflecting financial support covering each year of your intended enrollment if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. The estimated cost per year for a full-time student living alone is $44,000. If the student plans to live with family, the estimated cost is $32,000.

Non-Discrimination Statement

  • It is the policy of Seattle Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws and regulations. Although Seattle Pacific University is a Christian university we welcome applicants of all faiths and none.

MA-TESOL K-12 Program - Application Deadlines

The MA-TESOL + K-12 certification program application deadline is March 15 for Autumn Quarter admission only. Also required are:

  • Letters of recommendation from three persons. The letters submitted must come from unrelated individuals familiar with the applicant's intended field of study.
  • Official copies of transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended, including the institution which granted your bachelor's degree. To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Transcripts may be delivered to the Graduate Center in person as long as they remain in their original, unopened university envelope.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) in the last 45 quarter credits of coursework completed before applying for admission or in all undergraduate work, whichever is higher.
  • GRE score of at least 155 on the verbal portion (500 on exams taken prior to August 1, 2011) and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion, or a MAT score of at least 400.
  • West-B and West-E exams. For out-of-state residents, SPU will accept the Praxis 1 in lieu of the West-B. For California residents, the CBEST will be accepted. ACT scores of Math 22, Reading 22, Writing 8 and SAT scores of 515 on math, 500 in reading and 490 in writing may be used in lieu of the West-B. All out-of-state residents need to take the West-E.
  • Personal statement essay
  • Resume
  • OSPI Character and Fitness Supplement
  • SPU Personal Fitness form

For more information on the MA-TESOL + K-12 certification, email Megan Hamshar, graduate program manager. 

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