|Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.A. (field based) Requirements||36 units|
|Term 1 Summer APU|
TESL 503Language and Culture Learning
TESL 545Second-language Pedagogy I***
|Term 2 Winter Abroad|
TESL 505Second-language Acquisition
TESL 557Reflective Teaching*/***
|Term 3 Summer APU|
TESL 515Teaching English Grammar
TESL 537Critical Perspectives on Christianity and English Language Teaching*/**
TESL 550Second-language Pedagogy II
|Term 4 Winter Abroad|
TESL 570Second-language Assessment
TESL 595AAction Research Project
|Term 5 Summer APU|
TESL 525Teaching English Pronunciation
TESL 560Language Program Design
TESL 595BAction Research Project
*TESL 537 and TESL 557 are online courses. In lieu of face-to-face instruction, students engage in weekly interaction with their peers and instructor online for four months.
**TESL 537 is an elective and may be replaced with a course that is transferred in from an MA/TESOL program at an accredited university.
***TESL 545 and TESL 557 are required for the TEFL Certificate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will teachers have to write a thesis or take a comprehensive exam?
No. Teachers in the field-based program are not required to take a comprehensive exam or write a thesis. In lieu of a thesis or exam, students complete an Action Research Project in TESL 595A or TESL 595B.
What happens if teachers can no longer teach abroad due to the loss of
finances or teaching position?
It is necessary to maintain a teaching position abroad up to the final summer session. It is possible for teachers who have had to drop out of the program to join the campus-based M.A./TESOL program. These students must pay the full tuition rate. It is also possible to request and rejoin the field-based program at a later date.
What happens if a teacher fails or withdraws from a class?
The field-based program is set up so that teachers proceed through the program with the same cohort. If a teacher withdraws or fails a class, she or he may join a new cohort to take the needed classes. However, classes are offered only once a year and there is no guarantee that every class will be offered every year. Thus, failing or withdrawing from a class would prolong the time it takes to complete the degree. A 3.0 GPA is required to obtain an M.A. degree.
How many units can be transferred into the program?
Up to six units of related graduate course work may be transferred into the M.A./TESOL program by petition. See the section "Transfer Credit" in the Graduate Catalog for the specific requirements for transfer credit.
How long does it take to complete the degree?
If no classes are dropped or repeated, it takes three years to complete the master's degree.
Where will teachers be staying while taking classes at APU and overseas?
While taking summer classes in Azusa, California, teachers will be living in the dorms with other colleagues enrolled in the program. The current location in Asia is the International Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
How big are the classes?
Class size is usually between 12 and 20. When 28 teachers enroll in a class, the cohort is divided in order to maintain the quality of care and interaction needed in a graduate program.
What are the academic polices for withdrawal?
The APU M.A./TESOL Field-based Program adheres to the academic policies described in the Graduate Catalog. However, due to both the intensive and extensive nature of our program (e.g., one week of class attendance at APU or abroad followed by six months of course work), some grace periods have been extended.