The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programs at Azusa Pacific University provide graduate students from around the world with opportunities to acquire the values, attitudes, concepts, and skills required for teaching English to diverse student populations in a variety of educational contexts locally and internationally, in a manner marked by professional innovation, intercultural sensitivity, and spiritual passion.
Master of Arts in TESOL
The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) offers prospective and experienced teachers of English as a second or foreign language a 36-unit master's degree program comprising courses and seminars in language acquisition theory, English grammar and pronunciation, intercultural communication and socio-linguistics, language teaching methods and materials development, observation and practice in classroom teaching, language assessment, program design, and language-development research. The program prepares students to become exemplary classroom teachers committed to continued professional development within a variety of adult contexts. Graduates of the program currently serve in the United States and several foreign countries in public and adult schools, colleges, universities, private institutions, and businesses.
The 21-unit Certificate in TESOL Program is designed for post-baccalaureate students who desire specialized skills in TESOL but do not wish to pursue the graduate degree. Both the M.A. and Certificate in TESOL are offered in two distinct formats: on-campus and field-based. The on-campus program maintains an international focus with about half of the students coming from abroad to take classes on the Azusa campus. The field-based program is tailored to meet the needs of Christian professionals teaching abroad. Full-time teachers working outside the United States complete their degree by taking courses in an intensive, one-week format.
Both programs blend compassionate Christian service with strong academic preparation and practical training in language teaching. Course work is project-based and engages the student in a variety of practical tasks: formulating a working philosophy of language learning and teaching; designing instructional programs; teaching English grammar and pronunciation; organizing student interactions, activities, and tasks; understanding the influence of social and cultural differences in language development; observing students and teachers; participating in practice-teaching experiences; assessing student achievement; undertaking research projects; and integrating theoretical, practical, and experiential knowledge in a thesis or through comprehensive examinations.