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MAT: English as a Second Language K-12

Master of Arts in Teaching: English as a Second Language

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Teaching: English as a Second Language (MAT-ESL) program is to prepare committed, caring, and competent ESL educators for service in the United States and internationally.

Students are admitted at the beginning of the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Carson-Newman offers a 36-semester-hour MAT-ESL program (non-licensure), initial teaching licensure in ESL and add-on endorsement in ESL programs.  The MAT-ESL program blends theory and practice to prepare ESL teachers for a variety of classroom settings.

English as a Second Language without Licensure, 36 hours

I. Linguistics, 12 hours

TESL 565 Language and Culture, 3 hours
TESL 566 English Phonology, 3 hours
TESL 567 English Syntax, 3 hours
TESL 568 Language Acquisition, 3 hours

II. Pedagogy, 15 hours

TESL 580 ESL Curriculum, 3 hours
TESL 581 Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language, 3 hours
TESL 582 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language, 3 hours
TESL 583 Evaluation of Language Learning, 3 hours
TESL 584 Practicum in TESL, 3 hours

III. Research

Non-Thesis Option, 9 hours
EDUC/TESL Electives, 6 hours
TESL 600 Research in TESL, 3 hours
      -or-
Thesis Option, 9 hours
EDUC 630 Educational Research, 3 hours
EDUC 631 Research in the Content Field, 3 hours
EDUC 660, Thesis, 3 hours

English as a Second Language with K-12 Licensure, 36-48 hours

I. Linguistics, 12 hours

TESL 565 Language and Culture, 3 hours
TESL 566 English Phonology, 3 hours
TESL 567 English Syntax, 3 hours
TESL 568 Language Acquisition, 3 hours

II. Pedagogy, 12 hours

TESL 580 ESL Curriculum, 3 hours
TESL 581 Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language, 3 hours
TESL 582 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language, 3 hours
TESL 583 Evaluation of Language Learning, 3 hours

III. Licensure Requirement, 9 hours

TESL 667 Student Teaching: Placement One, 4 hours
TESL 668 Student Teaching: Placement Two, 4 hours
TESL 669 Seminar in Student Teaching, 1 hour

IV. Research Requirement, 3 hours

TESL 600 Research in TESL, 3 hours

In addition, students seeking initial Tennessee licensure in ESL must add the following hours of licensure requirements if state competencies have not been met through previous coursework which must be approved by the Carson-Newman Department of Education

Professional Education, 12 hours

EDUC 533 Educational Technology, 3 hours
EDUC 558 Foundations of Education, 3 hours*
EDUC 566 Issues in Human Development, 3 hours
SPED 508 Survey of Persons with Exceptionalities, 3 hours*

*Practicum

Additional Requirements:
Foreign language requirement: "Teachers will have had the experience of learning a second language equivalent to at least six semester hours of college level study. This experience may include (but is not limited to): completion of intensive language training by the Peace Corps, passing the PRAXIS II subject assessment in a second language, or a foreign language teaching credential from Tennessee of another state." (ESL Guidelines, Tennessee Department of Education)

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