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Non-native English speaking populations create a need for highly-trained practitioners

Enter the expanding field of teaching English as a new language, at home and abroad

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Master of Arts)

Offered by: Languages, Literatures, Culture and Writing

The globalization of English as the world's lingua franca and a national and regional increase in non-native English speaking populations create a need for highly-trained practitioners who can address the widely variant and specialized educational needs of adult English language learners at home and abroad. While the number of immigrants is increasing, evidence suggests that the barrier of language is becoming more and more common.

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Labor markets project that the language school industry in Pennsylvania is set to grow by 22% between 2015 and 2025, much faster than the average growth of 7.4% in Pennsylvania alone.  Accordingly, the region is seeing an exploding need for language school services and, by extension, for a well-trained language educator workforce. Earning an MA TESOL will help the region meet this important, urgent need.

Slippery Rock University's MA TESOL prepares graduates for the challenges of an increasingly interconnected world, enabling the acquisition of world languages, and aiming to educate world citizens who acquire linguistic skills through intellectual acculturation.  Through challenging, quality, and interdisciplinary training, SRU graduates will be prepared to work in dynamic and pivotal roles by providing adult ELL instruction in higher education, community literacy, and multicultural global settings, as well as instructional media and materials development in the TESOL publishing industry, thus facilitating their lifelong skill development in the increasingly vital area of TESOL.


Slippery Rock University's Master of Arts Degree in TESOL is 30 to 33 credits, depending on which track you select, and offers:

  • Flexibility to fit your busy schedule - online, blended, and once-weekly evening courses 
  • Two tracks; experiential and general that can be completed over 16-24 months
  • Interdisciplinary instruction from five academic departments
  • Curriculum includes a 13-credit graduate certificate
  • TESOL practicum may be completed locally or abroad
  • Expert faculty with earned doctorates


Attention: To apply for admission, please use the following link to apply now.

  • $25 Application Fee
  • Two Electronic Recommendation Forms
  • Personal Statement (1-2 page typed essay explaining personal and professional goals for TESOL)
  • Official Transcripts- Undergraduate/Graduate (Official transcripts must be sent by institution via electronica transcript e-share to or via mail- faxed copies will not be considered official) 
  • Undergraduate transcripts with a minimum GPA of a 2.75 in English, modern languages, theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, education or related field. Other areas of study, including minors in the above disciplines, will be considered (prior coursework in linguistics will be strongly recommended, but not required)
  • SRU current/Alumni/former students click here to order your official SRU final transcript and have it sent to
  • GRE not required

International students should check with the Office of Global Engagement to review all international documents and visa status at

*If you are requesting review of your graduate transcripts for transfer of credit, please complete the transfer of credit form and submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions with official graduate transcripts. Please review SRU's transfer of credit policy.