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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                                               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, 12 (licensure track) –15 (non-licensure track) hours
          TESL 580, ESL Curriculum, 3 hours
          TESL 581, Language Teaching Materials and Methods I: Speaking and Listening, 3 hours
          TESL 582, Language Teaching Materials and Methods II: Reading and Writing, 3 hours
          TESL 583, Evaluation of Language Learning, 3 hours
          TESL 584, Practicum in TESL, 3 hours (initial licensure candidates enroll in student teaching)

III.    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
NOTE:  All electives must be within the discipline and approved by advisor.

         Students wishing to complete the Thesis Option must receive permission from the director of the ESL program and the chair of graduate studies in education.

 Licensure Requirements: ESL                                                      21 hours

          Students seeking initial Tennessee licensure in ESL must add the following 21 hours of licensure requirements if state competencies have not been previously met.

 Licensure Requirements                                                               21 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
        TESL 667, Student Teaching: Placement One, 4 hours
        TESL 668, Student Teaching: Placement Two, 4 hours
        TESL 669, Seminar in Student Teaching, 1 hour

Additional Requirements:

1.     Foreign language requirement:  “Teachers will have had the experience of learning a second language equivalent to at least six semester hours of college or university 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 or another state.” (ESL Guidelines, Tennessee Department of Education)

2.     Passing scores on either the Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 (PLT K-6) or Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12 (PLT 7-12) test, as well as passing scores on the ESL Specialty Area test, must be submitted before student teaching.

 Add-on Endorsement: ESL

          Only those holding a Tennessee teaching licensure may add the endorsement in ESL K-12.

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, 9 hours
          TESL 581, Language Teaching Materials and Methods I: Speaking and Listening, 3 hours
          TESL 582, Language Teaching Materials and Methods II: Reading and Writing, 3 hours
          TESL 583, Evaluation of Language Learning, 3 hours

 Additional Requirement:
        Before the candidate is eligible for add-on licensure in ESL, passing scores on the ESL Specialty Area test must be submitted.

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