English - TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Department of English


Graduate Programs in TESOL


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Detailed program handbook

MS-TESOL English Proficiency Form 

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The MS TESOL at CCSU strives to balance instruction in classroom methods with a solid foundation in contemporary theories of language structure, use, and acquisition. The program normally takes two years full-time and requires a capstone in the form of either comprehensive exams or a thesis. In addition to the Master’s of Science, the department offers a post-baccalaureate program in TESOL that leads to first-time K12 teacher certification and a short official certificate program (OCP) aimed primarily at those who wish to teach English abroad. Details of these programs can be found in the program handbook.

Graduate TESOL programs at Central prepare teachers to use modern methods to meet the varying instructional needs of students of English as a second or foreign language while encouraging such students to maintain their native language and cultural competency. Students who graduate from the master's or certification programs can expect to be prepared not only for first jobs teaching English, but for full and long-lasting careers in this field. They receive a thorough grounding in practical skills and methods of language teaching to develop communicative competence and appropriate academic skills in English, and become very familiar with issues involving the nature of language and language acquisition and the role of language in society.

Planned programs of study are designed by faculty advisers to meet the needs and interests of students in the program as well as program requirements based on TESOL's Guidelines for the Certification and Preparation of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages in the United States. Students have opportunities to develop specialized areas of competence in individual research projects and in the research seminar, English 598 TESOL.

Some graduates of the TESOL M.S. program go on to doctoral study in TESOL or theoretical or applied linguistics. Others teach in many countries around the world and in Connecticut schools, adult education programs, intensive language institutes, and community colleges.