Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Greensboro College
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Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

If you enjoy being in an educational setting and learning about different cultures, you should consider a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Greensboro College. With a Master’s in TESOL, you will be qualified to apply for full-time teaching positions in a variety of academic settings all over the world, including community colleges, private language academies, K-12 schools, university-based intensive English programs, and non-profit service organizations.

Annual TESOL & Applied Linguistics Graduate Student Conference (TALGS)

M.A. in TESOL Coursework

Our M.A. in TESOL is the credential that English language employers seek and it will open doors far beyond that of a TESOL certificate program. Our core curriculum allows you to work at your own pace and seeks a balance between working with adults and working with children, with the goal of preparing our graduates for a variety of teaching contexts. Specialized elective courses allow you to customize the program to meet your individual needs.

This 30-semester-hour program consists of:

  • 15 hours of language and culture,
  • 9 hours of pedagogy, and
  • 6 hours of research

Curriculum requirements: 

“OL” = online
“F2F” = face-to-face 

  • ENG 5300 English Grammar (Fall OL, 2nd Summer F2F)
  • ENG 5310 General Linguistics (Spring, Summer OL, 2nd Summer F2F)
  • ENG 5430 Reading and Writing for English Language Leader (SPRING, Summer OL)
  • ENG 6150 Introduction to Educational Inquiry (Every semester OL)
  • ENG 6500 The Pedagogy of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Fall OL)
  • ENG 6510 Practicum in the Pedagogy of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Spring OL)
  • ENG 6900 Teacher as Researcher and Practitioner: FINAL PROJECT (3) (EVERY SEMESTER)


The MA TESOL program operates on a rolling admissions program. Apply when you are ready to start and join us for the next available session.

Application Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One writing sample

After you complete the application (see Apply options below), please send the following documents to our Admissions Department:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample
  • Official transcripts (sealed)
  • Official transcript evaluations sent from NACES-approved agency
  • Photocopy of visa* (*only for international students)

All documents may be emailed to or mailed to Greensboro College Admissions, 815 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27401

To ApplY

If you are a first-time applicant to Greensboro College’s graduate program, please complete the first-time application. FIRST-TIME APPLICATION

If you have attended Greensboro College before and would like to reenroll, please complete this abbreviated application for Readmission. READMIT APPLICATION

If you applied for admission within the last year, but did not enroll, please complete this abbreviated Reactivate Application. REACTIVATION APPLICATION

If you applied for admission to Greensboro College longer than a year ago, please complete the new student application. 23 AND OLDER APPLICATION

Faculty Contact:

Michelle Plaisance, Ph.D.
TESOL Director
336-272-7102 ext. 5385

Elena King, Ph.D.
TESOL Associate Director
336-272-7102 ext. 5750

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“I loved the GC Honors program and Greensboro College. I felt safe and a sense of genuine belonging at the college. I worked closely with my thesis advisor and professors who helped inspire me to define my path and passion of interest. That path has led me to my doctoral studies in Engineering Mechanics.”

- Joshua Fitzgerald, Class of ’19, Mathematics Major

Joshua currently studies astrodynamics at Virginia Tech University and is an Engineering Mechanics Ph.D. Candidate.