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Master of Science 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL non-certification path)

Program of Study

You can take most courses for this program either online or on campus.

Core Courses

  • Approaches to English Grammar
  • Second Language Learning
  • Perspectives in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education
  • One course in Linguistics

Language Teaching Methodology

  • The Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Directed Field Experience in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (clinic classes)

Linguistics (choose one)

  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
  • Linguistic Structures
  • Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers
  • Introduction to Language in Education

Language in Use (choose three)

  • Culture and Communication
  • Language and Culture
  • Literacy in Society
  • Pragmatics
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Discourse and Language in the Classroom

Research (choose one)

  • Research in Practice
  • Critical Introduction to Educational Research Paradigms
  • Master’s Thesis in Educational Theory and Practice

Educational Technology (choose one)

  • Using Media in the Language Classroom
  • Language, Literacy, and Technology

Elective (choose one)

  • Reading in a Second Language
  • Psychology and Language
  • Human Memory
  • Language Acquisition
  • Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers

Gain Research Experience

UAlbany is an R1-classified research university. As a TESOL master's student, you may have an opportunity to participate in special internships or grant-funded research projects on language learning/teaching.

Special Admissions Requirements

Prior to admission, you need to have completed one college-level linguistics course and 12 college credits in a foreign language.


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, call 518-442-5090 or email


Embark on Your TESOL Career

Earning your TESOL master's gives you a level of expertise that makes you attractive to hiring managers and can help you command a higher salary.

With a graduate degree from UAlbany, potential employers know you're highly qualified to teach English language learners across various educational settings in the U.S. and overseas.

Also, when you complete the program, you become part of a large alumni network of respected education professionals working in many countries across the globe.

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"My TESOL peers and professors inspired me to be the best teacher that I can be; I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to broaden their knowledge of English language teaching methods, learn more about the world at large, and dedicate themselves to a career in ESL/EFL."

- Matthew McAvaney

Admissions Requirements


Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Not Available
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling
Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (At least one letter should be from a past professor, or someone who has worked with you in an academic setting and can evaluate your academic capability. The other two can come from individuals who have observed you in a professional context, paid or unpaid employment. All the recommendations should come from people who would be able to evaluate your capability for academic success (collaborating, working independently and effectively, managing diversity, etc.).)
  • Statement of goals
  • 1 introductory course in linguistics and 12 credits in world language/culture
Special Notes


The TOEFL requirement for international applicants to the TESOL masters program is waived if the student has successfully completed 3 years of study in a degree program at a college or university in the U.S. and maintained a B or better average.  Non-native speakers must have a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based, 100 on the internet-based, or 250 on the computerized-based TOEFL exam.  An  IELTS exam score of 7.0 is also acceptable in lieu of the TOEFL exam.

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • Our students demonstrate the ability to integrate educational theory in the service of guiding effective instructional decision making.
  • Our students use technology effectively to support collaboration and engagement in the process of knowledge construction.
  • Our students promote meaningful, engaged learning for diverse students, regardless of their race, gender, ethnic heritage, or cultural background