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The highly acclaimed M.S.Ed. TESOL specialization, housed within the Educational Linguistics Division, prepares students to teach English in settings where English is a second, foreign, or international language. The program emphasizes the many roles and functions of English-language education in the political, social, and academic climate of today’s globalized world.
TESOL’s interdisciplinary course of study keeps students highly attuned to the motivations and needs of immigrants who settle in English-speaking nations, international scholars and professionals, and students in countries where English is a second or foreign language. In-depth study and field-based practice prepare students to identify and analyze learner needs, design tailored language curricula, and use a variety of evidence-based teaching and assessment practices.
The TESOL specialization focuses on both the practical and the theoretical aspects of the field. The program is classroom-oriented, with a strong focus on pedagogy, sociolinguistics, intercultural communication, and the interaction of language learning and use. Together, these form a dynamic backdrop against which to study the foundational areas of linguistics, literacy, and education.
Academic training includes practical experience through observation, fieldwork, and internship in university language institutes and community language and literacy centers in the greater Philadelphia area, including PEDAL@GSE (Practical English for Daily Living), an in-house ESL program staffed by TESOL M.S.Ed. students.
M.S.Ed. TESOL graduates teach in a variety of local, national, and international settings. Affiliations with TESOL alumni now in leadership positions at schools and universities worldwide make it possible for students to teach in international settings.
EDUC 527 Approaches to Teaching English and Other Modern Languages
EDUC 537 Educational Linguistics
EDUC 546 Sociolinguistics in Education
EDUC 670 Second Language Development
EDUC 528 TESOL Practice Teaching
EDUC 563 TESOL Seminar
One Distribution Course (outside the Educational Linguistics & Reading/Writing/Literacy Divisions but within GSE)
5 Elective Courses (4 must be within the Educational Linguistics & Reading/Writing/Literacy Divisions)
Nancy H. Hornberger, Ph.D. Division Chair
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Yuko Butler, Ph.D. TESOL Director
University of California, Los Angeles
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
University of Pennsylvania
University of Chicago
Santoi Wagner, Ed.D. TESOL Associate Director
Lancaster University (UK)
University of Michigan (Spring 2014)
Rebecca Freeman Field, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania