Saturday, January 2, 2016

Top MA TESOL programs in the United States

I have put together some information about M.A TESOL (Masters of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs in the United States. The list is certainly not exhaustive, but it might help you get started especially if you're new to the whole process of applying to graduate school. I have intentionally excluded Applied Linguistics programs since I am planning to apply for programs that concentrate more on pedagogy rather than theory.

Also note that the list is not in order of quality or recognition. It's randomly ordered.

I'll try to update the list and include more programs whenever I can.

What's the difference between the TESOL and Applied Linguistics?

TESOL concentrates more on pedagogy and Applied Linguistics is more focused on theory and language research. These, of course, are interrelated and that is often reflected in the course requirements for both programs.

If you would like to see a step-by-step tutorial on how to apply to graduate school in the USA, check out this post on our sister blog Learning to Teach English.





GRE
TOEFL IBT
IELTS
1
Required (there is no minimum score required for admission)
Minimum for Limited Status Admission with English as a Second Language Placement Test Required:

79-102
(Academic) 6.5 with a score of 6 or higher in all sub-sections
Minimum for Full Status Admission
greater than 102
greater than 6.5
2
Not mentioned on the website
92 (with minimum sub-section scores of 24 on reading, 24 on writing, 22 on speaking and 22 on listening)
7 on every subtest
3
Teachers College, Columbia University

(Update Feb 2017: Discontinued)
Not required
Speaking: 26
7
Writing:26
7
Reading: 25
7
Listening: 25
7
4
153+ on the GRE verbal test or a 297+ composite score (verbal + math)
80+
6.5+
5
Required (score not specified on the website)
100 with a 23 on the speaking section
7
6
GRE scores are not required of applicants not interested in funding.  (Those interested in funding should contact the department.)
79
7 (no subject below 6)
7
Required (score not specified on the website)
100+
Not mentioned on the website
8
Required (score not specified on the website)
100+
Not mentioned on the website