Master of Arts in TESOL

In our global world, English has become the international language of business, government, and education. Universities, K-12 schools, language institutes, and corporations around the world need qualified teachers with a background in teaching English to speakers of other languages to meet their needs for instruction in English. MA TESOL graduates are well-prepared for teaching positions in the U.S. and around the world. This degree is especially important for American students seeking an international career where an MA TESOL degree is highly valued.

  • MA TESOL graduates are uniquely qualified to teach in a wide variety of public, private, and corporate education programs in the U.S. and abroad.

  • In addition to teaching, HPU graduates also find rewarding careers as curriculum developers, home-school advocates, international student advisers, language school coordinators, resource teachers, testing trainers, teacher trainers, translators, interpreters, and tutors.

Student Experience

“I chose HPU’s MA TESOL program because of the diverse student body, and I wasn’t let down. I had classmates from the Philippines, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Finland, Vietnam, Norway, China, Peru and many others. That panoramic perspective can’t be beat. The program truly prepares you to be a global citizen for the world of TESOL.”
David Cupchak (MA TESOL 2014), English Language Fellow (Department of State, 2015-2017)

HPU attracts students from all 50 states and more than 80 foreign nations, creating a multicultural environment for a wide range of learners. In fact, one-half of the students in the MA TESOL program are international students. They are taught by faculty who are excellent mentors and experienced educators. In addition to teaching English and other languages at all educational levels in K-12 schools, public and private schools, and in various universities and corporations, MA TESOL faculty have taught English to speakers of other languages in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Romania, and Guatemala, as well as on the U.S. mainland.

The HPU TESOL program has a well-deserved reputation for its practical, hands-on approach to language teacher development, and nearly all TESOL students take two practicum courses. In the first, they observe language classes in a variety of settings both on and off-campus. In the second, they serve as assistant or autonomous student teachers. In addition, TESOL students have plenty of opportunities to gain real-world work experience. They often work as student tutors in HPU’s Center for Academic Success, assisting other students with English, world languages, math, and other subjects. They also find both paid and volunteer positions off-campus, with literacy programs, language centers, and public schools conveniently located within easy walking distance or a short bus ride of HPU classrooms.

The HPU TESOL program has a well-deserved reputation for its practical, hands-on approach to language teacher development. Nearly all TESOL students take two practicum courses. In the first, they observe language classes in a variety of settings both on and off campus. In the second, they serve as assistant or autonomous student teachers. In addition, TESOL students often work as student tutors in HPU’s Center for Academic Success, assisting other students with English, world languages, math, and other subjects. They also find both paid and volunteer opportunities for professional development off-campus. Literacy programs, language centers, and public schools are all located within easy walking distance or a short bus ride of HPU classrooms.

To ensure that our students are prepared for their required practicum experiences, for both paid and volunteer opportunities at HPU or elsewhere, and for a full range of employment opportunities following graduation, all TESOL students must complete a criminal background check. Details are included in the full policy statement (PDF).

Students who complete the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages will be prepared to demonstrate ASK:

  • Attitudes of a professional. Towards colleagues and students, MA holders will demonstrate teamwork and sensitivity.  Towards the discipline, MA holders will demonstrate a spirit of inquiry and reflection. Towards the global community, MA holders will demonstrate cultural sensitivity and global citizenship.

  • Skills in spoken and written communication, in information literacy, in academic and pedagogic research, and in teaching including materials development and lesson planning, delivery, management, and assessment.

  • Knowledge of the major subfields of linguistics, the theories of second language acquisition, and the principles of language teaching methods; and be able to articulate their own philosophy of language teaching, explaining the principles on which it is based.

MATESOL graduates will have at least an intermediate competence in a second modern language. Native speakers of English must take (or have taken previously at the tertiary level) two years of a language, other than English. A student who may have developed a competency in a language, in some other way than formal study, may also meet this requirement by taking the HPU placement test (or its equivalent) for a language, and by placing on a level beyond the equivalent of the second college year of foreign language.

Individuals wishing to apply to the MA TESOL degree program at HPU are required to submit the following:

  • Application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts

Recent MA TESOL graduates enjoy rewarding careers at companies around the world, including:

  • AEON Corporation, Japan

  • Lhasa Middle School, Lhasa, Tibet

  • Universidad de Investigación de Tecnología Experimental in Yachay, Ecuador’s City of Knowledge

  • Room to Read Literacy Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Success comes naturally to HPU MA TESOL alumni, including:

  • Satoko Watkins, Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan
  • Shalina Wallace, Department of Education, State of Hawaii
  • Lajlim Yang, New York City Public Library
  • Trung Dao, Tuyen Quang High School for the Gifted and Talented, Tuyen Quang, Vietnam
  • Sherry Formolo, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia