Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate and concentration are designed to meet an ongoing demand for both initial preparation and continuing education for individuals who plan to teach or are currently teaching English as a second/foreign language in various educational settings. This includes students with strong English-speaking backgrounds who desire to teach English as a second/foreign language to adults in the United States or abroad or to traditional students in another country. This program would also meet the needs of non-native teachers of English in other countries looking to receive additional English language and pedagogical training from an American university.

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Admissions Requirements

In the Master of Professional Studies degree, there are several concentrations available. Students seeking admission to all of the Professional Studies graduate programs are required to have:

    1. Undergraduate GPA: at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
    2. As well as one of the following conditions:
      1. Undergraduate GPA: at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
      2. GRE: a score of at least 146 on the verbal portion and 144 on the quantitative portion; or a combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections and at least a 3.5 in analytical writing
      3. Professional Work Experience: at least five years of professional work experience demonstrated through a portfolio (see further details below)

International students are required to demonstrate competency in spoken and written English by taking appropriate standardized tests. See accepted standardized tests and minimum required scores »

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Degree Details

Degree: Master of Professional Studies
Major: Professional Studies
Concentration: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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