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Master of Education in TESOL Education

The TESOL track is designed for teachers of English to speakers of other languages. The master of education in TESOL education program requires the completion of 32 semester hours, including TE 522, 525, 533, 534, 535, 536; ED 599, 654 and 655.

ED 599 must be completed, and the candidate must be accepted to the program before registering for ED 655XX. ED 655XX will typically be a continuous enrollment course over two to three semesters.

Students who hold a current Indiana license in Teaching English Learners (EL) and have completed a minimum of 1800 instruction hours (or two full-time academic years) in a classroom with English language learners are granted credit for TE 522, 533, 534, and 535.

  • State license will be verified via Indiana Department of Education.
  • Instruction time will be verified via the student’s current and former employers.
  • Licenses from other states are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Students may choose to complete a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Graduates with a bachelor’s degree and a TESOL certificate are qualified to teach English in many other countries, as well as in community and church-based programs in the United States.

Students who choose to receive a certificate in TESOL must complete TE 522, 533, 534, 535, and 596. Students who complete the requirements of the certificate in TESOL will be awarded a TESOL certificate issued by the Institute for TESOL Studies.

A grade of C- or higher is required for all courses in the TESOL program.

Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Students may also choose to complete a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). This certificate is issued by the Institute for TESOL Studies and is for anyone who wants to work with English language learners overseas in a non-native English-speaking country. To receive a certificate in TEFL, students must complete TE 599 (for credit) in the graduate program or TEFL (for non-credit) in the undergraduate program. The TEFL certificate course is only offered during the summer and may not fulfill requirements in the TESOL certificate.

For more information, contact the Institute for TESOL Studies or visit the website: www.huntington.edu/tesol.

Courses in Master of Education Program

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ED 599 Action Research Methods
(3 credits )

Students gain knowledge and skills needed for analyzing, preparing, applying and reporting educational research. This course will prepare students for their field-based research project.
Prerequisites: Application for graduation and completion of at least 6 hours from the following: ED 612, 613, 614, 622, 623, 624, 632, 633, 634, 642, 643, 644, 652, 653, or 654.

ED 654 Curriculum Design and Content Standards in TESOL Education
(3 credits )

Students examine the integration of current theories of curriculum design and content standards in the planning of TESOL instruction.

ED 655A Writing the TESOL Research Proposal
(3 credits )

Students will identify, plan and write a proposal for a field-based research project in a TESOL setting. Proposal will be submitted to the Huntington University Institutional Review Board for approval.
Prerequisites: ED 599 and consent

ED 655B Field-Based Research Project in TESOL Education
(5 credits )

Students will implement and complete their approved field-based research project. A written document detailing the research methodology, findings and application of findings is required.
Prerequisite: ED 655A

GR 011 Graduate Student Orientation
( credits )

New students will be enrolled in an online orientation module when accepted into a graduate program (excluding OTD students). Online learning provides a very flexible learning environment that requires students to take ownership for learning. This course is designed to be self-paced and will introduce students to the online learning management system, University policies and ensure students know how and where to seek assistance and support.

Graduate Courses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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TE 522 Intercultural Communication
(3 credits )

This course explores issues related to the intercultural communication process and considers the important role of context (social, cultural and historical) in intercultural interactions. Students in the class examine the complex relationship between cultures and communication from various perspectives. Special emphasis will be given to managing cross-cultural conflict, cross-cultural teaching and cross-cultural ministry applications. Graduate students will have assignments and projects beyond those of the undergraduate version of the course.

TE 525 Differentiated Instruction and Assessment for ELs in a Diverse Classroom
(3 credits )

This course prepares students for the cycle of differentiating instruction and assessment based on various English language learner needs. Students will learn to assess language learners' proficiency levels, SLA stages, individual differences, and achievement of content and language objectives. Students will also learn to differentiate instruction based on assessments and continue the cycle of reassessing and then modifying and implementing instruction.

TE 533 Foundations of TESOL/ELs
(3 credits )

Students will be introduced to major issues related to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Students will examine the process of second language acquisition, acquire instructional skills for teaching ELs (English learners) and explore resources and opportunities. Graduate students will have assignments and projects beyond those of the undergraduate version of the course.

TE 534 Instructional Methods for TESOL/ELs: Listening and Speaking
(3 credits )

This course will prepare students to teach aural and oral English language communication. Driven by pragmatics and grounded in the Communicative Approach, this instructional methods course will prepare students with lesson planning strategies, specific language-learning activities for the classroom and access to instructional resources for the EL instructor. Graduate students will have assignments and projects beyond those of the undergraduate version of the course.
Prerequisite: TE 533

TE 535 Instructional Methods for TESOL/ELs: Reading and Writing
(3 credits )

This course will focus on specific pedagogical issues related to teaching ELs reading and writing. Students will learn different approaches to teaching writing, compare and contrast native English-speaking composition with EL writing, explore the connection between reading and writing, learn specific teaching strategies for classroom implementation and understand techniques for assessment and responding to EL student writing. Graduate students will have assignments and projects beyond those of the undergraduate version of the course.
Prerequisite: TE 533

TE 536 Teaching English Usage: Vocabulary, Pronunciation, and Grammar
(3 credits )

This course explores the pedagogical issues related to teaching ELs vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar. Students will explore different factors, including the influence of first languages, that impact development of vocabulary and pronunciation as well as proper usage of English grammar structures. Students will learn teaching strategies for classroom implementation as well as appropriate forms of assessment for language usage.
Prerequisite: TE 533

TE 590 Independent Study in TESOL
(1 to 4 credits )

An individualized study of a problem, a research paper or a project related to the TESOL field.
Prerequisite: Consent

TE 596 TESOL Practicum
(3 credits )

Students will participate in a 120-hour practicum teaching and working with EL students either in a self-contained EL setting or in an instructional capacity in a regular classroom.
Prerequisite: TE 533

TE 599 TEFL Certification
(3 credits )

This certification course will introduce students to the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, explore factors that impact learning languages, examine best teaching practices and principles, and develop instructional skills to prepare teachers for language learning settings.
This course may not be used to fulfill requirements in the TESOL certification.

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