Teacher Education and Higher Education

M.Ed. in Teacher Education, concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

The Master of Education in TESOL program is designed to prepare experienced teachers with critical knowledge, skills, and dispositions in action research, professional development, and leadership to work effectively with English learners in both local and global contexts.

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Program Contact

Jamie Schissel
464 School of Education Building


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Example Careers:

K-12 Teacher, English Instructor in Community College/Language Institute, School District Administrator, English Teaching Positions Outside the United States

Designed For

Designed for (1) full-time and part-time classroom teachers who hold state licensure that are interested in teaching K-16 English as a second language in the United States and (2) experienced or beginning teachers interested in teaching English outside of the United States. Take a quick Self-Assessment to see which TESOL program might be the best fit for your career goals.

Career Opportunities

Through the coursework and field experiences, teacher candidates have the opportunity to apply their learning in their own classrooms. Additional instructional opportunities will also be provided for those interested in working in community-based instructional settings. Potential careers include: K-12 teaching; university-level intensive English programs; community college English programs; teaching English abroad.

Research Interests

Research interests include teacher development, appreciative education, international education, language education policy, language testing, classroom assessment, and language ideologies.

Program of Study

Total hours: 36 credit hours

  • TED 669 (3) Educational Implications of Learning & Developmental Theory or TED 622 Diverse Learners (3) or approved substitute
  • TED 646 (3) Introduction to Equity Education or TED 545 (3) Diverse Learners or approved substitute
  • ERM 605 Educational Measurement and Evaluation or (3) or ERM 604 Methods of Educational Research(3) or approved substitute

Pedagogical Expertise: (21 hours)

  • TED 523 (3) Legal, Historical and Cultural Implications of English as a Second Language
  • TED 603 (3) Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners w/ practicum
  • TED 604 (3) Applied Linguistics
  • TED 618 (3) Teaching English as a Second Language w/ practicum
  • TED 614 (3) Word Study or *TED 535 (3) Literacy in the Content Area or Approved Substitute
  • 6 hours electives (include courses in reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, instructional technology, and special education)

Professional Development/Leadership: (6 hours)

  • TED 676 (3) Teacher As Researcher and Leader I
  • TED 677 (3) Teacher As Researcher and Leader II (Prerequisite is TED 676)

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of teaching experience (co-requisite)
  • Documented evidence of having studied/knowledge of a language in addition to English


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Application Process:

  • Apply online through the UNCG Graduate School website where you can find additional information. Applications are reviewed year-round for M.Ed., PBC and Add-on licensure program, but the Graduate School has deadlines for each semester. See Application Deadlines.
  • Official transcripts from every college and university you have attended are required
  • Three recommendations are required from former professors and employers. These can be completed online or submitted in sealed envelopes.
  • A Residency Statement is required for applicants claiming North Carolina residency.
  • Applicants are required to submit a personal statement and a copy of an updated resume.
  • The the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required. However, MAT and M.Ed. applicants must submit an academic writing sample.
    • Acceptable writing samples may include:
      • an edited and revised recent academic essay completed as part of the coursework in education, TESOL, language education, linguistics, or related field; OR
      • an academic reflection based on the Disposition Rubric in the TESOL program.
    • General guidelines for academic writing samples:
      • Length: 5-25 pages including references
      • Citation Style: APA 6th
      • Format: double spaced word document

Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.