Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.)
The Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language provides an advanced understanding of second language acquisition and teaching methods and materials. Students will engage in latest professional practices that solve cross-cultural and cross-linguistic problems involved in oral and written communications.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Adapt the principles and techniques of second language acquisition (SLA), linguistics and teaching methodologies to multiple language learning contexts.
- Conduct linguistic analysis to the context of second language acquisition.
- Propose solutions to cross-cultural and cross-linguistic issues for second language learners.
- Develop and implement curriculum for ESL/EFL and academic language programs.
- Integrate a Christian worldview into professional skills and ethics related to TESL.
Program Specific Admission Procedures
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific admission procedures to the M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Languages are as follows:
- Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by the University.
- Applicants should hold a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00 for undergraduate study. Applicants who hold a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.75 on a 4.00 scale may be eligible for admission on Academic Caution.
- Applicants must submit a 300- to 500-word statement as to why they want to pursue a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language.
- TOEFL (if applicable)
Students may transfer up to 15 credit hours from an accredited institution subject to department approval. In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-; and courses must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the program. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as state in the Liberty University catalog, M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Languages graduates must meet the following requirements:
- Complete 30 total hours.
- A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
- No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree. (includes grades of C+ & C-).
- No grades of D may be applied to the degree. (includes grades of D+ & D-).
- For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
- Complete degree within (5) five years.
- Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.
Delivery Format: Online Only
- English Instructor for Domestic and International Language Learners
- Second Language Curriculum Developer
- Second Language Linguistics research
An overview of the history, philosophies, & current trends of second language research. Students will explore the multiple fields of study that comprise TESL, including education, linguistics, psychology, and cultural anthropology, all from a Christian worldview.
An exploration of various methods and techniques for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking to second language learners.
This course focuses on language specific curricular design, student assessment, and protocols for standard test creation.
Instruction on the skills needed to teach grammar, lexicon, and pronunciation to second language learners.
An overview of major fields of linguistics and their application to TESL.
Online Prerequisite: TESL 630
The course addresses grammar, phonology, and linguistics research for TESL.
Online Prerequisite: Forgn Lang Prereq Met (6 hrs.) with a score of 6
The course provides field experience, practical applications of the discipline, and opportunities for vocational development.