Bilingual, Multicultural Education/TESOL, M.S.

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Application Deadline:
March 15 for fall admissions for the Master of Science in Bilingual, Multicultural Education/TESOL. No mid-year admissions, but students can register for spring courses as non-matriculated students.

The Master of Science degree is designed for individuals interested in foreign languages and English and who want to enter the area of bilingual, multicultural education and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). This program is tailored to the needs of individuals who wish to:
teach English abroad;
teach adult English as a second language (ESL);
teach ESL at the community college level; or
add a cross-endorsement in Bilingual Education or TESOL to their K–12 certification.

Candidates must apply to the Graduate School and present a bachelor 's degree transcript from an approved, accredited institution. In addition, they must have a 3.0 GPA in an undergraduate program which includes the study of a foreign language. A minimum TOEFL score of 600/250CBT/100IBT is required for candidates who are not native speakers of English. Additionally, all candidates must submit a portfolio of documents the contents of which is explained in our website found at:

After submitting all necessary documents, candidates selected for admission are asked to meet with a department adviser to plan their program. The Department reserves the right to require additional courses of students whose experience and training indicate deficiencies.

Although the Department does not offer initial graduate certification in TESOL or Bilingual Education, the courses in the MS program are accepted for cross-endorsement as described in the section entitled "Cross-Endorsement Programs in Bilingual Education and TESOL".
General Requirements for the MS degree
With the approval of the graduate adviser, students select graduate courses from the Department's offerings. Students must maintain an average of B (3.0) or higher. They enroll in a minimum of 30 credits of coursework; those listed under "core courses" are required. Traditionally, the program requires minimally two years to complete.


The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers the coursework necessary to prepare candidates for cross-endorsement in Bilingual Education and in TESOL. Cross-endorsement is an additional endorsement for individuals who are already certified to teach in the Connecticut State school system. Cross-endorsement is not awarded through institutions of higher education; candidates seeking cross-endorsement in TESOL or Bilingual Education must apply through their place of employment to the Department of Education in Hartford.Bilingual Education Cross-Endorsement Program:
Candidates working towards a cross-endorsement in Bilingual Education must complete 18 hours of credit including coursework in each of the following areas:
First and second language acquisition;
Linguistic and academic assessment;
Cross-cultural sensitivity and communication and implications for instruction;
Strategies for modifying English content area instruction;
Methods of teaching English as a second language; and
Methods of teaching bilingual education.

The State also requires portions of the Praxis® Core exam and demonstrated language proficiency.
TESOL K-12 Cross-Endorsement Program
Candidates working towards a cross-endorsement in TESOL must complete 30 hours of TESOL credit with at least three hours of credit in each of the following areas:
English syntax, English composition;
Language theory;
Culture and intergroup relations;
Linguistic and academic assessment of limited English proficient students; and
Curriculum and methods of teaching English as a second language.

(Other acceptable courses include British or American literature, or English language.)

The State also requires the Praxis® II TESOL exam with a passing score of 136.

Because the course requirements are so extensive, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for matriculation into the Master of Science degree program in TESOL to ensure appropriate advisement. 

Program Sequence - 30-36 Credits

30 credits (Comprehensive Exam Option) 33 credits (Thesis Option) 36 Credits (Special Applied Project) 

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

Core courses (18 credits)
TSL 502 — Descriptive Linguistics - 3 credits
TSL 503 — Second Language Acquisition - 3 credits
TSL 510 — TESOL: Principles and Practices - 3 credits
TSL 511 — TESOL: Methods and Materials - 3 credits
TSL 515 — Bilingual Education: Principles and Practices - 3 credits
SOC 510, TSL 563, or EDU 563: - 3 credits

Students are to register for remaining courses from below electives to meet requirements

TSL 505 — Pedagogical Grammar of English for TESOL - 3 credits
TSL 512 — TESOL: Practicum (1-6 credits) 
TSL 517 — Literacy Development for English Language Learners - 3 credits
TSL 518 — Content-Based Instruction for English Language Learners - 3 credits
TSL 521 — Assessment for English Language Learners - 3 credits
TSL 590 — Thesis Seminar and Thesis (6 credits, required for thesis option)
TSL 600 — Independent Study - 3 credits
EDF 520 or EDF 655: - 3 credits
EDF 520 — Child in the American Culture - 3 credits
EDF 655 — Foundations of Multicultural Education - 3 credits
EDU 592 — Research in Education - 3 credits
ENG 504 — The Teaching of Writing - 3 credits
ENG 505 — Applied English Linguistics - 3 credits
ENG 510 — History of the English Language - 3 credits
PSY 511 — Developmental Psychology - 3 credits
TSL 592 — Independent Study - 3 credits

Capstone Experience Options
Students complete the master 's degree by following one of three options:

Comprehensive Examination Option — 30 Credits
Students enroll in 30 credits of coursework, including all core courses. Upon completion of coursework, they must pass a comprehensive examination.

Thesis Option — 33 Credits
With the permission of the graduate adviser and the chairperson students may exercise the thesis option. Students earn 27 credits of coursework, including all core courses. They also receive six credits for completion of the thesis.

Special Applied Project — 36 credits
With the permission of the graduate adviser and the chairperson students may exercise the special applied project option. This option allows students to apply their theoretical and methodological competencies to the creation of an instructional project or research project. Students earn 33 credits of coursework, including all core courses. They also receive three credits for the completion of the applied project.